9つの国の集まり:Welcome to the Design Festa Gallery!


Today, the Design Festa Gallery was granted the amazing honor of receiving nearly a dozen individuals representing nine different countries who took time out of their impossibly busy schedules as foreign embassy attaché, official secretaries and cultural affairs counselors to visit us!
本日、多くの在日大使館の外交官が、忙しい合間を縫ってギャラリーの見学にいらっしゃいました!

It was a fantastically enjoyable and priceless opportunity to meet with officials from Angola, Burkina Faso, Thailand, Madagascar, Syria, Tunisia, Botswana and Cuba, and we hope it was as pleasant an experience for them as it was an invaluable afternoon for us.
アンゴラ、ブルキナファソ、タイ、マダガスカル、シリア、チュニジア、ボツワナ、キューバの方々です。

The event began at 11am with a tour of the Design Festa Gallery West and East buildings!




A Sakura House representative exchanges introductions with a second secretary of the Embassy of Botswana
右の方がボツワナ大使館の方です。
Untold numbers of business cards were exchanged, countless introductions were made and an unforeseen number of new contacts were made amongst each and every attendee.


We are all extremely grateful for the immense patience of the embassy representatives, who ventured through nearly every room on the West building's first and second floors, greeting today's surprised but delighted artists!

WEST館にて、本日の素晴らしい展示を見学し、多くのアーティストと交流しました。


Today's gathering just happened to overlap with the Otto Wagner exhibition in the second-largest show room in the West building, which was a delightful coincidence that I am going to pretend we planned on purpose.

オットー・ワーグナーの建築写真展も開催されていました!

Two representatives from the Embassy of Thailand visit with artist arika nico
タイの外交官と1-Cで展示中のアーティスト、arika nicoさん
After invading the West building it was time to visit the East, and what a brilliant surprise was lying in wait for everyone there: official exhibition of the Embassy of Burkian Faso!

EASTに移動しました!
一階ではブルキナファソ大使館の展示が行われています。


Two representatives from the Embassy of Syria
シリアからの外交官
Sakura House's Julian meets the amazingly talented Burkina Faso artist Claver YAMEOGO
フランス人スタッフのジュリアンさんと、ブルキナファソのアーティスト、ヤメオゴさん
The Counsellor for Scientific and Cultural Affairs of the Embassy of Cuba and Director of Cultural Affairs of the Embassy of Burkina Faso
キューバ、それからブルキナファソの外交官
After our exceedingly patient and gracious guests concluded the tour of the two gallery buildings, it was time for a visit to the second floor of Sakura Tei Restaurant where we typically host our Cuisine Workshop events, and the adventurous experience that is okonomiyaki!

その後、お隣のさくら亭にて会食です。


It was very fortunate that our guests were so extremely kind and understanding, because once we arrived in Sakura Tei I made them wait, yet again, and listen to me talk.
But then, it was on to the main event!


It was a never-before-heard-of experience for the majority of--if not all--the delightfully adventurous embassy representatives, and we can only hope that the event that is the preparing of okonomiyaki was as enjoyable for our guests as it was new.

お好み焼きを初めて召し上がられる方も多かったです。
お口に合えば幸いですが!

We even had the honor of being joined by artist Claver YAMEOGO, seen here with gallery staff member Kozue, speaking in one of the at least three languages they both know!
ギャラリースタッフの梢さんとヤメオゴさん


The adventure didn't end with okonomiyaki, continuing on with sobameshi, and then...
初挑戦なのは、お好み焼きに留まりません。
その後そばめしも体験頂き、そして・・・


...whatever this delicious dessert is called!
デザートには、さくら巻きという桜リキュールの入った生地であんこをくるんだものです!


At the end of the day, there was so much gratitude felt on behalf of the Design Festa Gallery and Sakura Tei Restaurant that we can never, ever hope to properly express.

We wish to thank each and every one of the embassy representatives for the investment of their time, the amazing kindness they showed us and, above all, their sense of adventure!

皆様と共に素晴らしい時間を共有出来た事を、感謝致します。



From each and every one of us here at Design Festa Gallery:

Thank you so, so much!
最後まで残っていたメンバーで、集合写真をぱちり。
ありがとうございました!!

DF STAFF SARAH
(DFスタッフ 沙羅)


(大使館見学会は、国際芸術家センター、IACの協力で開催されました。)
(In association with the International Artists Center)
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