Pavilion KL Tokyo Street Celebrates 9th Anniversary With The Japanese Community

L to R - Dato' Joyce Yap, CEO of Retail, Pavilion KL, H.E. Oka Hiroshi, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia and wife, Madam Oka Rieko
L to R – Dato’ Joyce Yap, CEO of Retail, Pavilion KL, H.E. Oka Hiroshi, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia and wife, Madam Oka Rieko participate in a traditional sake barrel breaking ceremony

Malaysia’s premier shopping destination, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur marked the 9th anniversary of its award-winning precinct Tokyo Street today at a festive celebration attended by the Japanese community in Malaysia.

Since its launch on 29 July 2011, Tokyo Street has showcased the beautiful culture of Japan to Malaysians and visitors of Pavilion KL. The mall was the first to offer a dedicated precinct celebrating Japanese culture, arts, retail and food. Inspired by the iconic districts in Tokyo – Asakusa, Ginza and Shibuya, Tokyo Street blends the urban cosmopolite feel with the rich heritage and traditions of Japan.

In the nine years of Tokyo Street’s enduring success, the bilateral relationship between Japan and Malaysia continues to flourish. At the festive celebration today, Pavilion KL celebrated with long-standing friends in the Japanese community. comprising Guest of Honour, His Excellency Oka Hiroshi, Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia and his wife, Madam Oka Rieko, in their first official visit to Pavilion KL and Tokyo Street. The event was also attended by Dato’ Joyce Yap, Chief Executive Officer of Retail, Pavilion KL and representatives from various Japanese associations in Malaysia.

Kickstarting the event was a stunning Japanese drum performance, welcoming the esteemed guests, before His Excellency Oka Hiroshi and his wife, Madam Oka Rieko together with YBhg Dato’ Joyce Yap participated in a traditional sake barrel breaking ceremony to celebrate new milestones and usher in peace, harmony and fortune. With blessings from the Guests of Honour, the ceremonial event culminated with a cake-cutting ceremony and a kanpei toast together with guests to celebrate another amazing year of Tokyo Street.

This July, Tokyo Street is filled with immersive experiences to experience Japan culturally, from fun activities, promotions, delectable treats and rewards. Highlights include the Yukata Experience, where shoppers may don traditional yukata and snap insta-worthy photos. In honour of the Tanabata festival, shoppers may pick a colourful “tanzaku” wish to tie on sakura trees for good luck and blessings.

In collaboration with ArtWeMe Contemporary Gallery, Pavilion KL is the only place in Malaysia to showcase the iconic art of Japanese contemporary artist Shiro Utafusa. At the Games Galore Fiesta, shoppers of all ages may try their chances at the claw machines and various arcade games. Numerous photo opportunities of sakura blooms and Japanese-inspired features can be discovered mall-wide and Pavilion KL’s exclusive sakura filter on Instagram makes the sharing even more fun with #HappyAnniversaryTokyoStreet #PavilionTokyoStreet and #PavilionKL. The annual Japan Expo Malaysia 2020 (JEMY 2020) is also back virtually.

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