July 1st was a sweltering hot summer day in Fukuoka, but down in the basement of Hotel Il Palazzo, it was cool as a cucumber for the Fukuoka Canada Day Party! By the time the national anthem was sung to close the event, 717 people including local resident Canadians, Japanese and others from around the world passed through the gates. MC Jean-Pierre Villeneuve kept the crowd entertained with his snappy gags and three tricky Canadian trivia quizzes. From New Brunswick, Thomas Lyons performed three sets of popular Canadian songs including a great rendition of Stompin’ Tom Connors “The Hockey Song”. As always, the Canada Dry Ginger Ale speed drinking contest got the crowd going. And the food was awesome! The crowd enjoyed Canadian lobster tails, Canadian beef & pork, poutine, ice cream & maple syrup, Canadian cupcakes, Pacific Pilsner, Canadian wines, Canadian Club cocktails, authentic Tim Hortons coffee, Canezees Doughnuts and more. For children we had ball hockey, and new this year, a corner in which they enjoyed coloring Canadian themed illustrations and making crafts. Thanks to the staff of Little World English House who produced and managed that for us. Many enjoyed having their photos taken with Anne of Green Gables played by Sasha Inoue. Then there was the lucky draw! This year’s prizes included a dinner for two at Hotel Il Palazzo, two sets of lunch vouchers at Hotel Il Palazzo, two prizes of 5 kg blocks of Ontario Corn Fed Beef Sirloin, and several Air Canada logo goods. Thanks to all of this year’s sponsors including Nitto Shoji Ltd., S Foods Inc., Hirata Sangyo, Hotel Il Palazzo, Ontario Corn Fed Beef, Air Canada and for support from the Embassy of Canada, Tokyo. Please share these photos and see you next year at the biggest and best Canada Day party in Japan!
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