Amidst the unexpected heat in the noontime of Saturday, September 7th, a commemorative celebration of Mexico’s 209th Independence Day was held on the 6th-floor guest lounge in Building 4. About 50 people participated in the event, including Mexican families living in Kyoto and Shiga prefectures, as well as members of the Latin American Cultural Association. In the ceremony called Greetings, Mr. Armando Arriaga, chargés d'affaires ad interim to Japan, rang the bell and shouted, “Viva Mexico!” in which the crowd also responded with “Viva!” The celebration was held in a very cheerful and lively manner. Participants seemed to enjoy mingling in the social gathering afterwards, where Mexican favorites tortilla and guacamole were served.
This event was hosted by the Honorary Consulate of the United Mexican States in Kyoto. Dr. Yoshikazu Morita, Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Governors, who also serves as the Honorary Consul, commented “Independence Day is very important to the people of Mexico, who are very proud of their country. Please enjoy this event like you’re at home in Mexico.”
Among the participants included Mr. Yoshinori Yamada, Head of International Affairs of Kyoto Prefecture, and Ms. Hikari Yamaguchi, Director of Internationalization Promotion Office of Kyoto City, who each read congratulatory messages from the Governor of Kyoto Prefecture and the Mayor of Kyoto City.