Thursday, December 29, 2016

Around the Foreign Service: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 2016 (Videos)

Posted: 1:41 am ET

US Embassy Tokyo, Japan

It looks like we have our first viral embassy holiday video at over 3.5 million views in the last two days. Ambassador Kennedy and U.S. Mission Japan staff in Tokyo, Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Naha got into the holiday spirit and showed off their dance moves. Below is their rendition of the “Koi Dance” (Love Dance) from one of the most popular TV shows in Japan this season.
Here is a bonus clip with Santa going down the chimney:


What’s your holiday wish? Around the world, USAID partners with people with big dreams. Meet a few of them: 

US Embassy Warsaw; USCG Krakow, Poland

US Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

Amb @GlynTDavies and Thai & Am staff perform a special rendition of Phon Pi Mai to wish you all a Happy New Year. 

US Embassy Manila, Philippines

US Embassy Prague, The Czech Republic

US Embassy Seoul, South Korea

The Lipperts (including a newborn Saehee!) @mwlippert@LRobynDC @GrigsbyBasset wish you all a Happy Holidays and a fabulous New Year!

US Embassy Ottawa, Canada

US Embassy Oslo, Norway

“It’s Ambassador Heins’ first Christmas in Norway, but will he find julestemning? In this year’s Embassy holiday video, the Ambassador, Tone Damli and Ole Torp drive around Oslo singing Christmas carols and practice Norwegian in their quest to find true holiday spirit.”

 US Embassy Zagreb, Croatia

US Embassy Zagreb also launched their celebration of the holiday season with their new Mannequin Challenge video.

US Embassy Quito, Ecuador

USCG Toronto, Canada

U.S. Consulate General Toronto’s multilingual and diverse team wishes Happy Holidays on this Mannequin Challenge video in 19 languages.


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