Last night the Embassy of Japan celebrated the 76th Birthday of His Majesty The Emperor of Japan at the International Convention Centre in Berakas. Among the evening's programme were a cake cutting ceremony performed by the guest of honour, Pehin Rahman Taib, the Minister of Education, martial arts performances, presentation of a medal (order of the rising sun) to Dr. Chin Yam Chin and some floral arrangements. There were lots of Japanese food, catered by various Japanese restaurants in the capital while the buffet spread was prepared by an international chained hotel. I had a photo opportunity with Mr. Rano Iskandar, a popular blogger and the owner of ranoadidas.com, a site which I followed. I also took this opportunity to get acquainted with some old (and new) friends and do some networking as I haven't been active in the diplomatic circle lately!