NISEKO’S newest commercial and residential development – The Vale Niseko – was unveiled in style yesterday.
Many local guests and businesspeople were in attendance for the exclusive event, along with distinguished visitors and dignitaries from around Japan – all arriving in Niseko especially for the grand opening.
Proceedings began with speeches from Nisade chairman Jonathan Martin, and president Kal Bragg. Then Mr Chris Wood from the Australian Consulate traveled from Sapporo for his speech, which was then followed by the Hamanasu Zaidan foundation’s Mr Kusumi, and Hokkaido Nikkei Sekken architect Mr Sugawada.
To close, the audience was treated to the reading of a personal letter from former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr Shinzo Abe, who is apparently a fan of both Niseko and The Vale development.
After speeches came the traditional religious blessing of the building, and singing and dancing from a group of Ainu, Hokkaido’s indigenous people.
Closing out the opening ceremony was a powerful taiko drum and fire twirling performance in front of The Vale.
Afterwards, the drinks flowed and delicious food filled bellies as The Vale Bar and Grill demonstrated their quality fare, wide range of beverages and warming hospitality.
With celebrations continuing until late in the evening, it was a fitting and classy affair – the perfect way to welcome one of Niseko’s newest and most exclusive commercial and residential developments.