New Year Party

Group photo with attendees
Greetings from H.E. Mr. Munenaga, Ambassador of Japan
On January 17, H. E. Mr. MUNENAGA Kensaku, Ambassador of Japan to Tonga, held New Year party at his official residence to greet Japanese residents in Tonga. In his opening remarks, the Ambassador reflected on the 3 disasters that devastated Tonga in 2022, the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai volcanic eruption, tsunami, and the COVID-19 pandemic. H.E Mr. MUNENAGA commended on the resilience of Tongan people, who are working hard to recover from the disasters and restore their lives, and wished Japanese residents a happier 2023. As guests enjoyed dinner, Embassy staff did a traditional comical performance of “Nininbaori” and wrapped up the evening with a hula dance to celebrate the beginning of 2023.
Hula dance performance by Embassy staff