Consul-General Watabe Attends the Japan Foundation Exhibit “The Superlative Artistry of Japan” Launch Reception and Golden Maple Presentation

On October 4th, Consul-General Watabe visited Lethbridge to attend the Opening Ceremony of the exhibition “The Superlative Artistry of Japan” and the Golden Maple Presentation.

“The Superlative Artistry of Japan,” which refers to the exceptional methods and techniques used, is presented by the The Japan Foundation, Toronto, and will be exhibited until October 15 at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in Lethbridge, AB. The exhibit features 38 artworks ranging from the Meiji Era (1868–1912) to the modern age, and includes, artworks, pottery, plastic food samples, and small toys. Director Noriko Yamamoto from the Japan Foundation gave delivered greetings at the opening reception.

Also on October 4th, The Golden Maple Presentation was held at the University of Lethbridge. This year’s speaker was Honorary Lifetime Garden Member Inductee and Minister Emeritus of Southminster United Church, Tadashi (Tad) Mitsui, who gave a presentation entitled, “Wild Birds and Boundary Crossings: Lessons From a Varied Life” regarding his life journeys, hardships, triumphs and inspirations.

The event was attended by Minister Nathan Neudorf, MLA for Lethbridge East; Ms. Shannon Phillips, MLA for Lethbridge West; His Worship, Blaine Hyggen, Mayor of Lethbridge; and other dignitaries. Consul-General Watabe also delivered opening remarks.

The Superlative Artistry of Japan
Launch Reception in progress
The Superlative Artistry of Japan exhibit

The Superlative Artistry of Japan exhibit Consul-General Watabe delivering remarks
at the Golden Maple Presentation