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Thursday 3 April 2014 The ceremony included Japanese music and dancing, as well as official addresses and awards T he Opening Ceremony began with an opening per- formance, which was meant to show expressions of the Japanese aesthetics of flower, bird, wind, and moon. It also featured music and dancing, as well as a visual presentation of the four seasons. An opening video took atten- dees on a journey from 1978 to 2014. The last time the World Oph- thalmology Congress (WOC) took place in Japan was in 1978 in Kyoto. A special guest in attendance at this year's Opening Ceremony was Crown Prince Naruhito. Welcome re- marks were given by a number of of- ficials. More than 18,000 individuals have registered for WOC2014, which makes it the largest WOC in history. WOC2014 has official Opening Ceremony By Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Staff Writer Official Publication of the XXXIV WOC, 29th APAO and 118th JOS The Opening Ceremony also in- cluded ICO awards, AOI awards, and APAO awards. A number of doctors were hon- ored for awards and lectures. The Gonin Medal was given to Alice McPherson, MD. The Jules Francois Golden Medal was given to Peter Watson, FRCS, FRCOphth. The In- ternational Duke Elder Medal was given to Richard Abbott, MD. The ICO Ophthalmic Pathology Award was given to Mark Tso, MD, DSc. The Mark Tso Golden Apple Award was given to Charles McGhee, MD, FRCS, FRCOphth. The Bernardo Streiff Gold Medal was given to Bradley Straatsma, MD, JD. The Jose Rizal Medal was given to Dennis Lam, MD, FRCS, FRCOphth. The Jose Rizal Interna- tional Medal was given to David Chang, MD. The Crown Prince of Japan also spoke and expressed that it was his privilege to attend the ceremony. Many people lose their sight because they don't have access to proper The Crown Prince of Japan addresses the Opening Ceremony of the WOC2014. medical eye care, he said, expressing his appreciation for all efforts made by those in attendance to ophthal- mology. EW Sakura C herry blossoms mark new beginnings for the Japan- ese people. A "Cherry Blossom Tree" was lit for the Opening Reception following the Opening Ceremony. The event was held in the Plaza out- side the Tokyo International Forum. It featured multiple food trucks that offered at- tendees a taste of street food from around the world. The Official WOC2014 Cherry Blossom Trees at the Plaza and the Imperial Hotel are a "terrific photo opportunity." EW

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