The Scene: The Opera Ball

On June 7, the Washington National Opera held its annual fete, The Opera Ball, at the residence of Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae and his wife, Nobuko Sasae. More than 500 guests, including the District’s biggest opera fan, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), and Newt and Callista Gingrich, were treated to four opera performances and then dinner prepared by the Japanese embassy chefs under a custom-made chandelier of 1,000 origami paper cranes — a symbol of eternal good luck.

Calvin and Jane Cafritz greet Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at The Opera Ball held this year at the residence of His Excellency The Ambassador of Japan Kenichiro Sasae and Mrs. Nobuko Sasae in Washington on June 7th . (Photographer Yassine El Mansouri)
Calvin and Jane Cafritz greet Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at The Opera Ball this year at the residence of Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae and his wife, Nobuko Sasae, in Washington on June 7. (Yassine El Mansouri)
Pianist Azusa Ueno and soprano Rina Haruki perform at The Opera Ball. (Photographer Yassine El Mansouri)
Pianist Azusa Ueno and soprano Rina Haruki perform at The Opera Ball. (Yassine El Mansouri)
The Ambassador of Japan Kenichiro Sasae and Kennedy Center Chairman David M Rubenstein at The Opera Ball. (Photographer Yassine El Mansouri)
Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae and Kennedy Center Chairman David M Rubenstein at the ball. (Yassine El Mansouri)
The chandelier of 1000 origami paper cranes at the 2014 Opera Ball. (Photographer Yassine El Mansouri)
The chandelier of 1,000 origami paper cranes. (Yassine El Mansouri)
Tomoko Nakayama and Norman Garrett perform at The Opera Ball. (Photographer Yassine El Mansouri)
Tomoko Nakayama and Norman Garrett perform at the ball. (Yassine El Mansouri)

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