To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Japan and Indonesia, Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach hosted a Friendly Sumo Game and a Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstration last Sunday, 10 June 2018. The events were a part of a series of a program to celebrate the anniversary, organized by Project Sakura 60, formed exclusively by Makiko Iskandar, the chairwoman of Japan – Bali Friendship Foundation (Yayasan Persahabatan Jepang Bali).
Two professional sumo wrestlers performed their skill at the beach during the event that was attended by more than 250 enthusiast spectators from various age groups. The event was also attended by the Consulate General of Japan – Chiba Hirohisa, members of Bali Japan Club, as well as the children from Eben Haeser orphanage, Tatwam Asih orphanage, and Aikikai aikido club. The sumo wrestlers; Chiyonokuni Toshiki and Chiyomaru Kazuki, train under Tatsunami-beya (Tatsunami House) led by Tatsunami Oyakata, the sumo leader. Both wrestlers are now in the highest ranking in sumo wrestling, Maegashira.
Also taking place on the same day, guests were treated to a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, performed by Yasumaru Shusaku, a renowned tea master from Japan and Fukui Tomoya the wagashi master. Through the ceremony, Yasumaru wishes that the good relationship between Indonesian and Japan will continue to flourish.