Yoko Ono with Maritess Lopez, wife of Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manolo Lopez, at the ambassador’s residence on Tuesday night
On Tuesday night, in Tokyo living a #Travelife, I attended a party at the residence of H.E. Manolo Lopez, the Philippine Ambassador to Tokyo, already beautifully decorated for Christmas holidays.
This intimate party was very well attended, and the guests of honor included top Japanese government officials and politicians, and Yoko Ono. I also bumped into former Japanese Ambassador Makoto Urabe at this party.
Yoko Ono was a special guest because her uncle, Baron Yasuda, who is also a relative of a distinguished Japanese aristocrat I know, once owned and lived in the ambassador’s residence.
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A BEAUTIFUL VILLA IN TOKYO
The ambassador’s residence is a beautiful villa in the Kudan area of Tokyo, just a short walk from the Imperial Palace. I used to live in this same neighbourhood when I was a student in Tokyo.
Years later I came to know this villa very well when the late Ramon del Rosario Sr., then Philippine Ambassador to Tokyo, lived there.
MEMORIES FROM 25 YEARS BACK
In fact, walking into the living room of the ambassador’s residence on Tuesday night brought back many memories of evenings spent there. This living room is very grand, you see, with a very high ceiling, and a loft on one side.
Yoko Ono said last Tuesday that her uncle used to have musicians play from the loft when he had guests over at this villa.
I also remember attending a few dinners at this villa with musicians playing in the loft.