On Sunday, 6 April 2014, MSAJ has organized a hanami (cherry blossom viewing) and welcoming party in collaboration with Kelab UMNO Jepun (KUJ). This event was held at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, located in Shinjuku, one of the favorite spots for Hanami with a large number of crowds. As it was the peak (full bloom) for Sakura blossom, MSAJ grabbed this golden opportunity to organize this event with the purposes of welcoming new juniors and letting Malaysians to mingle with each other.
We managed to secure a spot near to Shinjuku Gate at around 10 a.m. as the event began at around 11 a.m. More than 80 people from Malaysia, Japan and even other countries like Vietnam came to the event. The party started with the distribution of Bento to everyone and the commencement of the photography competition. The submission for photography competition was closed at around 13.30 p.m. After serious judging by the higher-ups from each association, the winners were decided and the first prize was won by Mr. TJ Tan while the second prize was given to Ms. Farah and the third place went to Ms. Amelia. Mr. Zed, incumbent president of MSAJ, delivered the prizes for both photography competition and lucky draw. Five lucky winners were given cool swags such as noise-cancelling headphone and wireless speaker. Despite the unpredictable weather, the event went smoothly thanks to the cooperation and warm greetings from everyone. We certainly hope that this event will continue to be an annual welcoming party for Malaysians in Japan.
More photos can be found on MSAJ Official Facebook page by clicking [HERE]!
Bureau of Welfare & Communication
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