|Yoko Noge Awarded
by Foreign Minister for Kizuna Photo Exhibits
Yoko Noge was bestowed the Foreign Minister Award for her hard work to
hold photo exhibition “Kizuna: The Bonds of Emotion” for the third consecutive
year. The award presentation ceremony was held on September 26 in a surprising
way at Cyrano’s restaurant in Chicago, where blues singer Noge performs
• Consul General Yoshida presented the Foreign Minister’s Award to Ms. Yoko Noge and commended her saying that Noge took the initiative to hold three annual commemorative events of Kizuna photo exhibit for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.
• Amazed, Noge said that she was wondering
why many friends were coming. She thanked the members of Chicago Sister
Cities International and other friends who helped her and worked together
to hold Kizuna photo exhibit.
• Yoko Noge is a correspondent of Nikkei Paper in Japan, and co-chair of the Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International.
• The full story is available in
Chicago Shimpo’s October 24th issue.
Yoko Noge (L2) receives Foreign Minister Award from Consul General Masaharu Yoshida (L). Funakoshi (R), former Director of Chicago Osaka Office happened to visit Chicago and joined the ceremony.