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One Love Jamaica Festival 2007

The 3rd One Love Jamaica festival was held at Yoyogi Park, Tokyo from 19th -20th May 2007. The event attracted over 35,000 visitors over the two-day period.
The festival featured the exhibition and sale of Jamaican art and craft, photographs and other novelty items. There were several attractive food booths which sold Jamaican foods such as jerk chicken, festival, patties and ackee and saltfish. There was also a Culture booth where visitors were able to learn Jamaican dance moves, patois lessons, drumming, hair-braiding and try Jamaican costumes.
The inaugural One Love Jamaica Festival was held in Tokyo in 2004 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Japan.

A great debt of gratitude is owed to Mr. Ryuichi Tsuruno and Mr. Yoshihisa Haga, the main promoters of the event, for their ongoing commitment to the promotion of friendship, tourism and cultural exchange between Jamaica and Japan.

 

Ambassador Robotham extending welcome and appreciation to participants at the 3rd One Love Jamaica festival
Ambassador Robotham extending welcome and appreciation to participants at the
3rd One Love Jamaica festival.

 

Ambassador Robotham addressing the large crowd of reggae music lovers
Ambassador Robotham addressing the large crowd of reggae music lovers.

 

Jamaican dancers singing the National anthem
Jamaican dancers singing the National anthem.

 

Jamaican dancers demonstrating modern dance moves to an enthusiastic crowd
Jamaican dancers demonstrating modern dance moves to an enthusiastic crowd.

 

Mrs. Angella Rose-Howell, First Secretary/Consul, Embassy of Jamaica with members of the Jamaica dance group
Mrs. Angella Rose-Howell, First Secretary/Consul, Embassy of Jamaica
with members of the Jamaica dance group.

 

Participants learning Jamaican dance moves at the Culture booth
Participants learning Jamaican dance moves at the Culture booth.

 

Authentic Jamaican jerk chicken being prepared at the AJJ's food booth
Authentic Jamaican jerk chicken being prepared at the AJJ's food booth.

 

From left: Ms. Monique Dehaney, JET participant, Dr. Oneil Watson, JICA participant and Mrs. Yvonne Goldson, President of the Association of Jamaicans in Japan (AJJ) at the Jamaican food booth
From left: Ms. Monique Dehaney, JET participant, Dr. Oneil Watson, JICA participant and
Mrs. Yvonne Goldson, President of the Association of Jamaicans in Japan (AJJ) at the
Jamaican food booth.

 

A section of the large and enthusiastic crowd
A section of the large and enthusiastic crowd.

 

Contestants in the Bob Marley Songs contest on stage
Contestants in the Bob Marley Songs contest on stage.

 

Mrs. Rose-Howell, First Secretary/Consul (centre) with Jamaican volunteers at Jamaica's Cultural Affairs booth
Mrs. Rose-Howell, First Secretary/Consul (centre) with Jamaican volunteers at
Jamaica's Cultural Affairs booth.

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