Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki played host to more than 1,000 visitors on his sprawling lawn yesterday for his annual summer barbecue.
His wife, Yoriko Fujisaki, said that the sweltering weather was about the same in Japan where she is headed for the holiday break. Her husband, who sported a red polo shirt with “Japan” emblazoned across the front, will stay behind for business.
Japanese cuisine and all-American fare like hot dogs were offered. Steaks and chicken were roasted on steaming grills under the watchful eyes of the embassy’s chefs.
“I love noodles,” Yoriko Fujisaki said as she held a plate of ramen cooked for her on the grill.
She said her guest list consisted of business leaders like Mark Schuermann, the executive director of public affairs for Nomura, and volunteers who assisted in the aftermath of the earthquake in Tohoku last year.
Lars Hydle, who works for U.S. Representative Edolphus Towns, a New York Democrat, cooled off with a Popsicle. Other guests stayed cool by taking a dip in the Fujisakis’ swimming pool. Their tennis court was also open for business.
In the shade, a crowd gathered around a martial arts demonstration that generated a chorus of gasps.
Guests departed with the Fujisaki signature “Japan-U.S. Friendship” plastic bracelet, and children got a bracelet designed especially for them.
A violent storm Friday evening postponed the first annual “District on the Green” party at the AT&T National Golf Tournament to Sunday afternoon.
Hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation, the party introduced Washington scenesters to the excitement of a golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.
Host committee member Winston Lord, the co-founder of Venga, an Internet startup company, was among the many social stars who helped get the young and beautiful on the green on a Sunday afternoon, the last hurrah before the summer doldrums.
Guests gathered on the terrace of the club house to see Woods swing at the nearby 10th tee. The crowd applauded when they saw Woods approach in a bright red shirt.
Woods, 36, went on to win a two-stroke victory over Bo Van Pelt to become the first golfer to win three times on the U.S. PGA Tour this season and surpass Jack Nicklaus’s career win total.
Chef Jose Andres provided appetizers, while a chic bar served the signature beverage of the afternoon: the Grey Goose Cherry Noir. Cupcakes with green icing were decorated like mini-golf courses.
Financial advisers George Bassett, with Merrill Lynch, and David Bubby, with TD Ameritrade, sat on terrace sofas while waiters passed around chilled Evian water spray cans. Guests departed with silver martini sticks from Grey Goose.
(Stephanie Green is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)
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