Friday, November 6, 2009

Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific Partner Conference 2009

Following Beijing in 2007, Osaka was selected as the location for the 2009 Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific Partner Conference. With over 250 representatives in the computer industry from all over the world in attendance, Osaka was center stage for a week. My role was to assist in supplying entertainment for the dinner shows on November 3 and 4.

To kick things off on November 3 at Taiko-en, the ninja group Kurondo entertained the crowd during cocktail hour in the garden. After everyone took their seats in the main ballroom at Taiko-en, it became WA・RA・KU's time to take center stage for their performance. Midway through dinner, the Yamamoto Noh Theater performed their rendition of Tsuchigumo to illustrate the traditional art of Noh to the audience. For the finale, "The Last Samurai" Joe Okada electrified the crowd with his stage presence that brought the first night's dinner to a close and left people wanting more.

For the gala dinner held at the Swissotel Nankai Osaka on November 4, Japan's renowned taiko drumming band GOCOO got the festivities started by opening the event. Concerning my entertainment for the night, it started and finished with GOCOO, however the main headliner was none other than magician extraordinaire Kevin James. A professional in every sense of the word, who makes Las Vegas home, Kevin's performance was a sight to see and enjoyed by all.

It was an intense two days but definitely a great experience as I played a part in showing not only the best of Osaka but also Japan to a large contingent of foreigners.

2007年に北京に続き、大阪が「2009年 ヒューレット・パッカード アジア 太平洋 パートナーカンファレンス」の開催地に選ばれました。カンファレンスでは世界中からコンピューター産業の代表者の250人以上もの集客があり、11月の3日、4日とディナーショーの余興の手伝いをして参りました。




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