The program began with performances of the United States and Japan National Anthems by Ms. Lisa Hawkins. Consul Sato delivered a speech about the strong relationship Japan enjoys with Alaska and the United States as a whole. Alaska First Lady Donna Walker and Alaskan Command Leader Colonel Cory Mendenhall also gave remarks about the Japan-Alaska friendship. The official portion of the reception concluded with a toast offered by Japan Alaska Association President Erika Ninoyu.
Guests had the opportunity to sample Japanese sake and plum wine. Guests were welcomed to take home the masu (square box) used for sampling, as well as a bag containing materials relating to Japan and Alaska's sister cities.
Mr. and Mrs. Sato waiting to welcome guests Consul Sato delivers opening remarks
First Lady Donna Walker Col. Cory Mendenhall
Guests enjoying sushi made from Japanese rice Japanese sister cities materials display