Yesterday, double 2014 Winter Paralympic gold medalist Kano Akira and 2014 Sochi Paralympic gold and bronze medalist Takeshi Suzuki attended a tea at Japan’s Imperial Palace.
The Emperor, the Empress, Prince Akishino, the prince’s wife and their son hosted the event. 87 people were invited to attend. Japanese men’s figure skater Hanyu Yuitsuru also attended the event.
Each Sochi athlete was introduced to the royal family along with how they performed in Socho. Both Suzuki had the opportunity to chat with Empress Michiko, and News 24 Japan reports he was nervous when doing so. The tea also included a round table event, where Sochi athletes were given an opportunity to speak. Afterward, Kano said he was impressed and pleased to be able to report on the team’s success at the Sochi Games.