Rhythms of the Caribbean: The Charm of Cuba

Event Name: “Rhythms of the Caribbean: The Charm of Cuba”
Date and Time: Saturday, February 4th 2023, 12:00-16:00. Doors Open at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Takeshiba Port Studio, 8F, Tokyo Port City Takeshiba Office Tower, 1-7-1 Kaigan, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, 105-7590. 2 min. Walk from Takeshiba Station/ 4 min. walk from Hamamatsucho Station/ 5 min. from Daimon Station

Event Details:

  • Cuban singer Carlos Cespedes and music band
  • Basic dance lessons (salsa, rumba chachacha) by professional dancers and free danceto exercise with joy
  • Home-style Cuban food and drinks
  • Video showing tourist attractions
  • Product displays and sales

Admission Fee: Advance payment of 6,000 yen per person by bank transfer (please include transfer fee). The admission fee covers the above items.
Payment at the Reception on the day of event: 7,000 yen per person in Cash or PayPay.
※ Drinks and meals will be served in a standing buffet style for 2 hours.
※Children from 7 years old to 15 years old pay half price (6 years old and under are free).

Dress Code: Smart casual, jacket without tie.

Organizer: Japan Association for Promotion of Latin America and the Caribbean (JAPOLAC), 4-12-2-806, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0045
TEL :(Japanese) 03-6264-3858 (English, Spanish) 03-6264-3859
Email: info@japolac.com; HP: https://japolac.com/jp

With Cooperation of the Embassy of Cuba

Kiyomura Co., Ltd. (Sushi Zanmai)
Japan Partnership Holdings Inc. (METROPOLIS)
Unidos, Co. Ltd (KYODAI)
Saza Coffee Co., Ltd.
Sukoruni Wine Co., Ltd.

Charity Support: A portion of the funds raised at this event will be donated to a Cuban welfare organization specializing in the education of economically vulnerable people.

Registration: If you wish to participate, registration is required due to limited capacity. Please enter your name, number of people and email address in the following link and choose the payment method:


COVID-19 Prevention Measures: Participants are required to take their temperature, disinfect their hands and wear a mask at the venue. We also appreciate and ask participants to take their own prevention measures to avoid possible contagion.

Cancellation: The event will be cancelled in case of major disaster or new restriction measures imposed by the government due to COVID-19. JAPOLAC will reimburse half of the admission fee in order to cover anticipated expenses in preparation for the event as well as bank commissions for reimbursement of the fee.

Questions or Queries: Please write to us at: info@japolac.com

We hope you can join us, enjoying food, drink, music and dance, and especially the friendly and relaxed Caribbean atmosphere in order to cheer the human spirit during these complex times.


Rhythms of the Caribbean: The Charm of Cuba

Meeting with the Ambassador of Dominican Republic

Dr. Ritter Diaz, Representative Director of JAPOLAC, held a working meeting with H.E. Robert Takata, Ambassador of Dominican Republic, to discuss the possibility of carrying out a cultural promotion event of Dominican Republic in 2023.

Ambassador Takata expressed his thankfulness to Dr. Diaz for JAPOLAC’s initiative to promote the culture of Dominican Republic and conveyed the interest of the Embassy of Dominican Republic to collaborate in the celebration of the event.

Ambassador Takata and Dr. Diaz also exchanged views on the possibility of organizing baseball exchanges for high school students from Dominican Republic.

The meeting was also attended by Mr. Hirokazu Yamaguchi, Managing Director of JAPOLAC.

JAPOLAC organizes a special lecture on diplomatic communication for students of International Studies and Spanish at Utsunomiya University in collaboration with the Embassy of Panama to Japan

JAPOLAC, in collaboration with the Embassy of Panama to Japan, started a special lecture on diplomatic communication for students of international studies and Spanish at Utsunomiya University.

The lecture is designed to teach students basic and practical knowledge on the diplomatic correspondence employed by states to communicate with each other as well as a brief history of diplomacy delivered in three sessions by professional diplomats.

It is also designed to support the teaching of Spanish in Japan, in a practical way, complementing theoretical knowledge and to prepare Japanese students to carry out an internship at a Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) embassy or an international institution in the last years of their university studies, paving the way for a future career in diplomacy or at an international organization.

In addition, this initiative seeks to establish a closer link between LAC embassies and Japanese universities to advance academic exchanges with universities in the LAC region.

The lecture began with a video message from the Ambassador of Panama to Japan, H.E. Carlos Pere, who invited students from Utsunomiya University to carry out short-stay internships at the Panama Embassy to obtain first-hand knowledge of the work at a diplomatic mission.


PDF: Diplomatic-Comm

Meeting with the Ambassador of Jamaica

Dr. Ritter Diaz, Representative Director of JAPOLAC, together with Mr. Hirokazu Yamaguchi, Managing Director of the association, held a working meeting with H.E. Shorna-Kay Richards to report advances in the preparation of the short online program to be delivered by the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) to students from Chiba University (CU) in Spring 2023.

At the meeting, Dr. Diaz also informed that UTech, Ja. and CU university have already started conversations to establish an academic exchange agreement to foster research and academic cooperation between both universities.

One of the activities of JAPOLAC is the promotion of academic exchanges between Japanese and Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) universities, and in this regard, relies on the cooperation of the LAC embassies to identify universities interested in fostering academic links with Japan.

During the meeting, Ambassador Richards also expressed her thankfulness to Dr. Diaz for the donation carried out by JAPOLAC to support the social work of the Child Resiliency Program (CRP) in Jamaica.

The Kingdom of Spain Decorates Mr. Kiyoshi Kimura, Honorary Director of JAPOLAC

On November 24, 2022, the government of Spain, decorated Mr. Kiyoshi Kimura, Honorary Director of JAPOLAC, with the Order of the Civil Merit of Spain in the degree of Encomienda.
The ceremony was held at the official residence of the Spanish Ambassador to Japan, H. E. Fidel Sendagorta Gomez del Campillo, who highlighted the notable contributions of Mr. Kimura to the Kingdom of Spain.

Mr. Kimura is the President of Kiyomura Corporation and owner of the sushi restaurant chain known as Sushi Zanmai. Throughout the years, Mr. Kimura has contributed to Spain economy through the import of fishery products, including Spanish tuna served at various locations of Sushi Zanmai.

During the pandemic, Kiyomura Corporation supported the vaccination efforts of the Japanese government, helping with the vaccination of personnel from various embassies in Japan, including the personnel of the Spanish Embassy in Tokyo.

The decoration ceremony also counted on the participation of Mr. Toshihiro Nikai, member of the Lower House of Parliament and prominent member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, H.E. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, ambassadors and important personalities of Japanese society.

JAPOLAC members extend its deepest congratulations to Mr. Kimura for such a high distinction from the Kingdom of Spain and wish continued well-being for Kiyomura Corporation and his personnel.