This is Japan, where the luxury food for a really high quality banquet is French. In fact, we have been her 2 days without having any Japanese food! The first night was a smaller dinner, at an Italian restaurant. Many of the details of this banquet showed how the Japanese have adapted French food to their style and taste; some of the hot buffet items were even more influenced than the appetizer buffet above.
Len was invited to give a short speech and a toast to the physicist in whose honor the conference is held.