[26th April 2012]


His Excellency the Ambassador was the Guest of Honour during the colourful parade and ceremony marking the 19th Higashiura Odai Matsuri Festival which was held on April 21st, 2012.

Higashiura city in Aichi Prefecture was paired with Kenya during the World Exposition in 2005(AICHI EXPO 2005). This saw the birth of Kenya Higashiura Association. Since then His Excellency the President of Kenya has visited Higashiura and past Ambassadors have participated in the annual Odai Matsuri festival.

Higashiura citizens have in the past been associated and indeed supported Kenya's development efforts. They have also provided solace and humanitarian assistance in times of need.

During the Odai Matsuri Festival, the Ambassador H.E. Benson H.O. Ogutu met inter alia with both the Mayor of Higashiura Mr. Akio Kamiya and the Governor of Aichi Prefecture Mr. Hideaki Ohmura. Discussions explored ways of enhancing interactions between Kenya, Higashiura and the wider Aichi Prefecture as well as prospecting business for mutual benefits.

Group photo with Mayor Akihiko Kamiya, Governor of Aichi Mr. Hideaki Ohmura and other Mayors of neighboring cities, invited dignitaries & Parade participants

H.E. the Ambassador cutting the tape to launch the parade. With him are Madam Benter A.O. Ogutu to his right, and Mayor Kamiya third to his left

From left to Right Mr. Akihiko Kamiya, Mayor of Higashiura, H.E. Ambassador Benson H.O. Ogutu, a young Higashiura citizen and Madam Benter O.A. Ogutu

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