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Tribute to a Great King – Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo pay their respects

Author: Andrew J Wood / Date: Mon, 12/05/2016 - 00:16
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More than 750 people, mostly Thai expats and their families, gathered at the Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

TOKYO - One day before what would have been the revered King's 89th Birthday, more than 750 people, mostly Thai expats and their families gathered at the Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo to pay their respects to honour the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
 
Special marquees were set up in the ground to provide shelter for guests to sign the books of condolences 
 
HM known as King Rama IX passed away on the 13 Oct 2016 in Bangkok. Thailand is in a state of mourning following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The monarch, who reigned over Thailand for 70 years, was widely revered by his subjects and there is now an official period of mourning of one year. However all tourist and entertainment venues remain open.
 



 
A special service of remembrance was performed. Ten Thai monks from the five temples in Tokyo presided over the Buddhist ceremony with HE Bansarn Bunnag, the Thai Ambassador in Tokyo, in attendance 
 
The author (right) with HE and Mrs Bansarn Bunnag Thailand's Ambassador in Tokyo and Pichai Visutriratana (left)
 
Feeding the attendees thirteen Thai restaurants which operate their businesses in Tokyo donated all the Thai food and drinks. 
 
Local Thai businesses donate food and drinks 
 
Feeding the masses

 
 
Andrew J Wood
Andrew was born in Yorkshire England, he is a professional hotelier, Skalleague, travel writer and director of WDA Co. Ltd and its subsidiary, Thailand by Design (tours/travel/MICE). Andrew has over 35 years of hospitality and travel experience. He is a hotel graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh. Andrew is a former board member and Director of Skal International (SI), National President SI THAILAND, President of SI BANGKOK and is currently Director of Public Relations, Skal International Bangkok. He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Thailand including Assumption University's Hospitality School and most recently the Japan Hotel School in Tokyo.


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andrew J Wood

English born Andrew J Wood, is a freelance travel writer and for most of his career a professional hotelier. Andrew has over 35 years of hospitality and travel experience. He is a Skal member and a hotel graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh. Andrew is also a former member of the Executive Committe of Skal International (SI), National President SI THAILAND, Club President of SI BANGKOK and is currently SI Asia Area a.VP Southeast Asia (SEA), and Director of Public Relations Skal International BANGKOK. He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Thailand including Assumption University's Hospitality School and the Japan Hotel School in Tokyo.