WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 9, 2013) — U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) hosted Dr. Genshitsu Sen, the fifteenth generation Urasenke Grand Tea Master of Japan, as he performed a centuries-old tea ceremony for world peace.
The late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye had intended to host the ceremony before he passed away late last year. Hirono continued the event which was also in honor of the late Senator.
“Nothing could be more important than the U.S. Japan relationship,” Hirono said at the ceremony. “It is this friendship and alliance that has produced peace in the Asia-Pacific region, security and economic vitality. I want to thank all of you who are here to participate and to also let you know that Senator Inouye was committed to strengthening that relationship. All of us build on his emphasis.”
In attendance was Senator Patrick Leahy – the Senate’s President Pro Tempore – Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae, former Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi and his wife, former First Lady Jean Ariyoshi, and Irene Hirano Inouye, widow to the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye. The ceremony underscored the deep alliance between Japan and the United States.
The ceremony was held in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room, the location where Senator Inouye chaired hearings on the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980s.
Check out the video of the event at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ryb-xkE0FNc