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Serminar about the World Heritages in Panama

Friday, December 8th, 2017

On December 1, 2017, the Embassy of Panama carried out a seminar about Panamanian culture and tourism to the members of the NPO World Heritage Academy in Japan. The event took place in the residence of the Ambassador of Panama to Japan.

The World Heritage Academy consists of Japanese intellectuals with the purpose to promote the World Heritages in different countries.

During the opening remarks, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan conveyed his gratitude to the members of the Academy for their interests in Panama’s historic and natural heritages. He also informed about the 500th Anniversary of the Foundation of Panama city which will be celebrated on August 14th in 2019.

On the other hand, Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador, delivered a presentation about the world heritages in Panama, as well as the Panama Canal and the country’s indigenous tribes. In addition, she made a presentation about the World Youth Day, which will be held in Panama in January, 2019.

Participants also had an opportunity to taste the Panamanian cuisine, and enjoyed a Panamanian music show.

The event finished with the greeting from Mr. Masato Kitamura, Director of the World Heritage Academy, who conveyed his gratitude for this seminar, expressing his best wishes for the 500th Anniversary of the Foundation of Panama City.

Members of the World Heritage Academy of Japan, participating in the seminar

Members of the World Heritage Academy of Japan, participating in the seminar

Presentation about the world heritages of Panama, by Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador

Presentation about the world heritages of Panama, by Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador

Presentation about the World Youth Day 2019 in Panama

Presentation about the World Youth Day 2019 in Panama

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, explaining about Panamanian gastronomy

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, explaining about Panamanian gastronomy

Panamanian music show, performed by Harps (Arpa).

Panamanian music show, performed by Harps (Arpa).

Closing remarks from Mr. Masato Kitamura, Director of the World Heritage Academy

Closing remarks from Mr. Masato Kitamura, Director of the World Heritage Academy

Panama Seminar organized with MIKI TOURIST

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

On November 24, 2017, the Embaassy of Panama carried out a Panama Tourism Seminar with 15 travel agencies in Japan, in the residence of Ambassador of Panama.

The event was organized with the cooperation of the international tour operator MIKI TOURIST, which has more than 60 branches in Asia, Europe, North and South American region.

At the beginning of the event, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during his opening remarks, conveyed his gratitude to MIKI TOUIRST for their interests in promoting Panama as a travel destination.

On the other hand, Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador, delivered a presentation about Panama, including the country’s general information, historic and natural world heritages, indigenous tribes and biodiversity of Panama.

In addition, Mrs. Hatada also explained about the World Youth Day, which will be held in Panama in January, 2019.

MIKI TOURIST also carried out a presentation, introducing different tour packages to Japanese tourists who have interest to travel in Panama.

After the presentations, participants from the travel agencies had an opportunity to taste Panamanian gastronomy, such as ceviche, avocado and tomato salad, fried green banana and sausage stew, chicken stew, corn rice, fish and mushroom stew and Panamanian bread pudding as well as Geisha coffee.

This seminar had the purpose to disseminate Panama tourism information to the representatives from various travel agencies. After the event, participants expressed their gratitude for the hospitality of the Embassy of Panama.

Opening remarks from H.E. RItter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan

Opening remarks from H.E. RItter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan

Presentation about tourism of Panama from Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador

Presentation about tourism of Panama from Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador

Presentation about the World Youth Day

2Presentation about the World Youth Day

Introducction video about the World Youth Day 2019.

Introducction video about the World Youth Day 2019.

Presentation about tour packages of Panama from MIKI TOURIST

Presentation about tour packages of Panama from MIKI TOURIST

Participants in the seminar

Participants in the seminar

From left: Mr. Tetsunori Dambara, President of MIKI TOURIST and Ambassador Diaz.

From left: Mr. Tetsunori Dambara, President of MIKI TOURIST and Ambassador Diaz.

 Panamanian gastronomy

Panamanian gastronomy

Corn Rice

Corn Rice

Chicken stew

Chicken stew

Fried Green bananas and sausage stew

Fried Green bananas and sausage stew

Ambassador visits Shibaura Elementary School

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

On November 22, 2017, S.E. Ritter Díaz, the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, visited Shibaura Elementary School to give a lecture about geography, history, culture and gastronomy of Panama.

Ambassador was received by Prof. Akiko Mikami, Deputy Director of Shibaura Elementary School, who expressed her appreciation to Ambassador Diaz for taking time to visit the school and make a presentation about Panama to 160 students of 4th grade.

Students also had an opportunity to try on the traditional dresses of Panama such as, the Montuno Ocueño and Ngobe-Buglé’s custom, which were provided by the Embassy.

After the presentation, Ambassador Diaz answered some questions from students, including the way Panamanians perceive Japanese society, as well as other topics of interest.

School visits is part of the educational program of the Embassy of Panama in Japan with the purpose of broadening the knowledge about our country among Japanese students.

H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, together with Ms. Akiko Mikami Deputy Principal of Shibaura Elementary School.

H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, together with Ms. Akiko Mikami Deputy Principal of Shibaura Elementary School.

During the presentation of Ambassador

During the presentation of Ambassador

During the presentation of Ambassador

During the presentation of Ambassador

Friendly Cocktail with H.E. Takahiro Nakamae, new Director-General of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

On November 22, 2017, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan, offered a Friendly Cocktail in honor of H.E. Takahiro Nakamae, new Director-General of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, together with several Ambassadors of Latin American and Caribbean region.

Ambassador Diaz congratulated Mr. Nakamae for the recent appointment as the Director-General of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, wishing success in his new endeavor as well as conveying the interest of the Heads of Mission of Latin America and the Caribbean of continuing strengthening the relationship between Japan and our region.

At the same time, Ambassador Diaz expressed his gratitude to Mr. Nakamae for his support during the visit of H.E. Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado to Japan, on August 30th.

In response, Director General Nakamae expressed his appreciation for the Cocktail offered by the Embassy of Panama, mentioning that he has observed important changes in the relationship between Japan and the countries of Latin American and Caribbean region, such as the increasing number of high level visits between the two regions. He also expressed his willingness to further strengthen the relationship between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Latin American Embassies accredited to Japan during his tenure.

The event was held in a friendly atmosphere and served to facilitate a direct dialogue between the Heads of Mission of Latin America and the Caribbean and the officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Greetings from H.E. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan

Greetings from H.E. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of Panama in Japan

Greetings from H.E. Takahiro Nakamae, Director-General of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Greetings from H.E. Takahiro Nakamae, Director-General of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

During toast

During toast

Embassy and Consulate –General of Panama organize the Maritime Golf Tournament

Friday, November 10th, 2017

On November 3rd, 2017, the Embassy of Panama and the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo took place the Panama Maritime Golf Tournament in the occasion of the 114th Anniversary of the Independence Day and the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Ship Registry.

The event had approximately 200 participants, including 124 golf players from several maritime companies in Japan, Diplomatic Corp members, representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, members of Parliament and people associated with our Mission.

The activity began early morning with the Golf players’ registration, who enjoyed Panamanian coffee before their tee-off.

After the players came back from the golf course, the National Day ceremony started with the national anthems of Panama and Japan. H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, delivered the opening remarks, explaining about the economic progress of Panama, the fight against the corruption, and the evolution of the Panama Ship Registry.

Afterwards, H.E. Takahiro Nakamae, Ambassador and Director-General of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, delivered a congratulatory speech, pointing out the good progress achieved between Panama and Japan during the 113 years of the excellent diplomatic relations. The protocolar ceremony ended with a toast by Mr. Kiyoshi Ejima, on behalf of the Panama-Japan Interparliamentary League, who expressed his best wishes for the health and prosperity of all Panamanian citizen.

Following the speeches, a 230kg tuna-cutting show was held by Mr. Kiyoshi Kimura, President of sushi restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai, and his staffs, who donated the tuna in the occasion of the 100 Anniversary of Panama Ship Registry. After the show, the participants enjoyed tasting the fresh sushi of the highest quality.

During the event, the Legend of the Latin American music in Japan, Mr. Antonio Koga, carried out live music, followed by the presentation of Panamanian traditional dance performed by the Folklore group of the Embassy of Panama in Japan. The event finished with the Panamanian music live performed by Latin American musicians.

This event was carried out with the sponsorship of various companies, such as: All Nippon Airways, Copa Airlines, The Santa Maria Hotel & Golf Resort, The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort, Mitsubishi Logistics, Hitachi, BMW Japan, as well as mayor hotels, resturants and other sport companies in Tokyo.

The winner of the Panama Maritime Golf Tournament received a round trip ticket to Panama, sponsored by All Nippon Airways, Copa Airlines and from private donors, such as 5 nights in two 5 stared hotels in Panama.

The venue was decorated with posters and banners of Panama. Also a Panamanian traditional costume called Pollera was exhibited in combination with a Japanese Kimono designed with various aspects of Panamanian culture, such as the Panama Canal, Mola, Panama’s national flower called Espítiru Santo, and Harpy eagle. During the event, the participants could appreciate the videos of tourism, the Panama Canal and the World Youth Day, enjoying the variety of Panamanian gastronomy.

In addition to the celebration of the National Day of Panama, this event contributed to promote the culture and tourism of our country, as well as to reinforce the relations with the maritime community in Japan in the context of the 100th Year of Panama Ship Registry.

Golf Playes Registry

Golf Playes Registry

Players tasting Panamanian Coffee before departing for the game

Players tasting Panamanian Coffee before departing for the game

The way to the golf course

The way to the golf course

From left: H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, H.E. John Fritz, Ambassador of the Federated States of Micronesia and President of the Association of Ambassados Golfers of Japan

From left: H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, H.E. John Fritz, Ambassador of the Federated States of Micronesia and President of the Association of Ambassados Golfers of Japan

From left: Ambassador Diaz, Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of the Ambassador

From left: Ambassador Diaz, Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of the Ambassador

Opening remarks from Ambassador Diaz, during the ceremony

Opening remarks from Ambassador Diaz, during the ceremony

Congratulatory speech from  H.E. Takahiro Nakamae, 
Ambassador and Director-General of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Congratulatory speech from H.E. Takahiro Nakamae, Ambassador and Director-General of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Toast by Mr. Kiyoshi Ejima, on behalf of the Panama-Japan Interparliamentary League

Toast by Mr. Kiyoshi Ejima, on behalf of the Panama-Japan Interparliamentary League

2Tuna-cutting perfomance held by Mr. Kiyoshi Kimura, President of sushi restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai,

Tuna-cutting perfomance held by Mr. Kiyoshi Kimura, President of sushi restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai,

Presentation of a gift in token as a gratitude for the King of Tuna, Mr. Kimura

Presentation of a gift in token as a gratitude for the King of Tuna, Mr. Kimura

Music presentation by Mr. Antonio Koga, Legend of Latin American music in Japan

Music presentation by Mr. Antonio Koga, Legend of Latin American music in Japan

Music presentation by Mr. Antonio Koga, Legend of Latin American music in Japan

Music presentation by Mr. Antonio Koga, Legend of Latin American music in Japan

Panama dance show performed by the Folklore group of the Embassy of Panama in Japan

Panama dance show performed by the Folklore group of the Embassy of Panama in Japan

Diplomats of the Mission and the Folklore dance group

Diplomats of the Mission and the Folklore dance group

Panamanian live music performed by Latin American musicians

ミPanamanian live music performed by Latin American musicians

Awards table

Awards table

Decoration with the posters and banners oftourism of Panama

Decoration with the posters and banners oftourism of Panama

Videos of tourism, the Panama Canal and the World Youth Day (JMJ2019)

Videos of tourism, the Panama Canal and the World Youth Day (JMJ2019)

Pollera exhibited in combination with a Japanese Kimono designed with various aspects of Panamanian culture, such as the Panama Canal, Mola, Panama’s national flower Espítiru Santo, and Harpy eagle

Pollera exhibited in combination with a Japanese Kimono designed with various aspects of Panamanian culture, such as the Panama Canal, Mola, Panama’s national flower Espítiru Santo, and Harpy eagle

Books about Panama

Books about Panama

Tourism decoration

Tourism decoration

Tourism decoration

Tourism decoration

Tourism decoration

Tourism decoration

パParticipants enjoying Panamanian food

Participants enjoying Panamanian food

Sushi tasting

Sushi tasting

Participants in the event

Participants in the event

Participants in the event

Participants in the event

Latin American Bazar 2017

Friday, November 10th, 2017

On October 30, 2017, the Embassy of Panama in Japan participated in the Latin American Bazar 2017 held in Tokyo Prince Hotel.

This Bazar is organized by the Japan-Latin American and the Caribbean Ladies Association, with the purpose to raise funds for the charity works in our region. In the case of Panama, the raised funds are donated to social activities of the Office of the First Lady.

The event counted on the participation of Mrs. Kaori Kono, Wife of Minister of Foreign Affairs in Japan, on behalf of Princess Hitachi, Honorary President of the Bazar.

The Embassy presented an exhibition table with banners of tourism and handicraft of Panama. In the food table, we offered traditional dishes such as “biztec picado y arroz con maíz” (chopped beef steak and corn rice), “ensalada verde” (green salad), “plátano en tentación”(syrupped plantains), and a traditional dessert called “mamallena” (bread-pudding) , as well as a traditional drink known as “ron ponche” (eggnog with rum) .

We also took this opportunity to disseminate the information about the World Youth Day (JMJ2019), which will be held in Panama in 2019.

More than 3,000 people participated in the event, who are interested in Latin American and the Caribbean region.

From left: Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambasador, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan

From left: Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambasador, H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan

Table of handicrafs

Table of handicrafs

Ambassador and his wife with the Mrs. Kaori Kono, Wife of Minister of Foreign Affairs in Japan

Ambassador and his wife with the Mrs. Kaori Kono, Wife of Minister of Foreign Affairs in Japan

Ambassador and his wife with the Mrs. Kaori Kono, Wife of Minister of Foreign Affairs in Japan

Mrs. Ayana Hatada with the Mrs. Kaori Kono, Wife of Minister of Foreign Affairs in Japan

Participants appreciating Panamanian handicrafts

Participants appreciating Panamanian handicrafts

Participants appreciating Panamanian handicrafts

Participants appreciating Panamanian handicrafts

The food table with the Embassy staffs

The food table with the Embassy staffs

Chopped beef steak

Chopped beef steak

Rice with corn

Rice with corn

Syrupped plantains 

Syrupped plantains 

ラEggnog with rum

Eggnog with rum

Naming Ceremony of the Panamanian-flagged vessel MOL TRUTH

Friday, November 10th, 2017

On October 25, H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, participated in the Naming Ceremony of the Japanese-made and Panamanian-flagged vessel MOL TRUTH, which was held in Saijo Shipyard in Imabari city.

This newly named ship MOL TRUTH is the biggest vessel constructed in Japan, which is the first 20,000 TEU-class containership registered with the Panama flag. It will be operated by Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL) in Asia and Europe routes, in order to transport cargos from Toyota Corporation.

The ceremony counted on the participation of the top executives of Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL), Imabari Shipbuilding, Toyota Corporation and other associated companies to the ship operation.

In the beginning of the event, Japan and Panama flags were raised, with the mational anthems of both countries. The ribbon-cutting was carried out by the wife of the representative of Toyota Corporation.

On behalf of the Republic of Panama, Ambassador Diaz had the honor to deliver the toast, expressing his sincere gratitude for the generous invitation to this memorable and historic event, in the context of the 100th Anniversary of Panama Ship Registry and the 40th Anniversary of the Sister-City Agreement between Imabari city and Panama city.

In addition, the Ambassador conveyed his appreciation to MOL and Imabari Shipbuilding for their confidence in the Panama Registry, praying for the safe navigation of the vessel, captain and crew, as well as the health and prosperity of those who attended to the ceremony.

During his remarks, Ambassador expressed that Panama will continue working not only in terms of competitive prices and expansion of the technical offices, but also in giving priority to the highest standards of maritime security for the more than 8,000 vessels operating under our jurisdiction. 。








Panama Maritime Golf Tournament

Friday, October 13th, 2017

On the Occasion of Panama National Day and 100 Anniversary of the Panama Ship Registry, the Maritime Golf Tournament will be held on November 3 (Fri.) at Kanagawa Country Club, by the Embassy of Panama in Japan and the Consulate General of Panama in Tokyo.

For registration and more detail, please visit following web site (in Japanese only).

Networking session

Promotion Event of Panama Tourism with H.I.S.

Friday, October 13th, 2017

On September 26, the Embassy of Panama in Japan carried out a tourism promotion event of Panama, titled “Discover Panama in Ambassador’s residence”, with 30 representatives and clients of H.I.S one of the three mayor travel agencies in Japan.

The event included a presentation about the country’s attractions, as well as videos of Panama tourism and the Panama Canal.

In addition, the participants had an opportunity to taste our foods and enjoyed listening to Panamanian music.

This event was held as a part of the promotion events of Panama held tourism by this Mission, in collaboration with important travel agencies in Japan that promote different touristic packages to Panama.

Networking session

H.E. Ritter N. Diaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, during his opening remarks

Empanadas

Mrs. Ayana Hatada, Wife of Ambassador, during her presentation about the country

Networking session

Participants in the event

Networking session

Music Session

Networking session

Ambassador and his wife with the participants

Paticipation in the Specialty Coffee Exhibition SCAJ2017

Friday, October 13th, 2017

From September 20 to 22, 2017, the SCAJ 2017 (Specialty Coffee Exhibition) took place in Tokyo Big Sight, where the representatives of 8 coffee farms from Panama attended with the support of the Embassy of Panama in Japan.

In our stand, the visitors could enjoy tasting the famous Geisha Coffee in natural and washed process.

In the context of the event, the representatives from La Esmeralda Farm, Elida Farm and la Mula Farm, delivered a presentation about the attributes of Geisha Coffee,including a cupping of the Geisha beans of said farms.

Additionally, the cupping of the Geisha Coffee from Janson Farm was also held during the exhibition, organized by Mr. Francisco Serracin and Mr. Kai Janson.

This year the event counted on more than 250 exhibition booths and 30,000 visitors. 。

Networking session

The Panama Booth

Empanadas

Mr. Wilford Lamastus from the Elida Farm, during his presentation

Networking session

Ms. Rachel Peterson from La Esmeralda Farm, during her presentaton

Networking session

Mr. William Boot from la Mula Farm, during his presentation

Networking session

Cupping session during the seminar

Networking session

Geisha Coffee Cuppinf from the Janson Farm