The Consul of Japan in Cebu Shoji Otake and Mme. Naomi Otake hosted a farewell reception at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel. The occasion also served to introduce Consul Otake’s successor, Consul Shigeyuki Hirakawa. They stood in the reception line with the Ambassador of Japan Kazuhide Ishikawa and Mme. Yoko Ishikawa.
The café is called Schooner, and after a week of unremitting ramen and sashimi—sold half price at a nearby supermart 30 minutes before closing—I was craving some distinctly Western food. A ham and cheese sandwich, perhaps a pizza, and Schooner sounded promising.
Japanese director Keishi Otomo and actors Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei and Munetaka Aoki are coming to Manila to grace the Asian premiere of “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno.”