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The Japanese Emperor’s 72nd birthday marked in Chiang Mai

Traditional Italian Food Festival at La Bella Italia

The Japanese Emperor’s 72nd birthday marked in Chiang Mai

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

Japanese Consul General Katsuhiro Shinohara (back row left) and his wife Tamiko welcomed the former Greek Ambassador to Japan, Dr. George Sioris, and Dararat Shinawatra

Numerous representatives from the Japanese business community, as well as local dignitaries, University Presidents, politicians and members of the diplomatic corps attended a reception in honor of the 72nd birthday of Emperor Akihito of Japan.

In his address, the Japanese Consul General to Chiang Mai, Katsuhiro Shinohara, explained that Japan and Thailand’s reigning monarchs have long cherished an amicable friendship, symbolized by the closeness between the Imperial family of Japan, and the Royal family of Thailand.

(From left) US Consul Ray Murphy, Lister Hannah, President, Prem International School; Michiko Sato, wife of the Japanese Consul Saburo Sato; and Heather Swabey, British Council.

CG Shinohara expressed his hope that this friendship will strengthen more, materializing in the second Lanna-Japan Cultural Festival to take place in February 2006. The Consulate General enjoys full collaboration from the Chiang Mai municipality, as well as both Japanese and Thai communities.

Traditional Italian Food Festival at La Bella Italia

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

Franco talking with Nienke Parma from Lucky Dogs (front left), explaining Italian customs and traditions.

While others prepare themselves for pre-Christmas or Christmas celebrations and ‘end of the year’ parties, La Bella Italia put a traditional Italian Food Festival on their calendar of events.

This authentic Italian place which breathes the Italian character and enthusiasm of Franco and Roberto the owners, was filled to capacity, as were the plates which came from the kitchen and the glasses on the tables.

Roberto getting help from the youngest guests to draw raffle prizes while the duo in the background announced the lucky winners.

It was a ‘trio night’. A trio of starters which consisted of Penne Salmone, Risotto al Funghi and a vegetarian Lasagne, was followed by a trio of main dishes, and for the sweet tooth’s among the guests, a trio of desserts.

During the authentic Italian munching, an Italian – Thai musical duo entertained the guests with (non-Italian) folk songs and evergreens.

As it was just a couple of nights before Christmas, a raffle let some lucky ones go home with gift baskets, wine or authentic Italian pantone.

Franco and Roberto are already in the stages of planning another really Italian outing on December 31st where the emphasis will be on seafood and Italian ‘champagne’, or more correctly ‘methode cham-penoise’.