Ukrainians Celebrate New Japanese Emperor
The Japanese ambassador invited Ukrainians to a special celebration of his country's new emperor
On April 30, the 125th Emperor of Japan, Akihito declared his abdication in a historic ceremony in Tokyo. Then, his son, Naruhito succeeded him. For Japanese people, this event opens a new era called “Reiwa” which means “beautiful harmony” in English.
A Japanese master of flowers came to Kyiv from Japan in order to make special floral arrangements. Many personalities attended the event, including Metropolitan Epiphanius of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and member of parliament, Leonid Yemets. They symbolically cut a special cake all together with ambassador Kurai.
Relationships between Ukraine and Japan continue to be strengthened. Just a few days ago, the government of Japan provided $2.8 million in support of conflict-affected populations and recovery in eastern Ukraine.