National Day Reception 3rd December 2013
On Tuesday 3rd December, the Consulate General of Japan held a reception to
celebrate the birthday of the Emperor of Japan. The reception opened with the
playing of the national anthem and a greeting from Consul General, Mr Kitaoka.
This was followed by speeches by special guests, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh,
the Rt Hon Donald Wilson, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth,
John Swinney MSP, and the Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament,
John Scott MSP.
The reception was well attended by guests from a wide range of disciplines
including government officials and members of the Consular Corps, and was
considered a great success.
(Photo: From left, John Swinney MSP, John Scott MSP, Mrs and Mr Kitaoka,
the Rt Hon Donald Wilson)
Notice about 2014 Closing Days
of Japan' Kyoto Eirakukai Concert on Friday November 1st - Report
The Consulate General of Japan had the pleasure of hosting a traditional
Japanese music concert by the Kyoto Eirakukai.
The concert was a rare
opportunity to enjoy in Edinburgh a performance of traditional Japanese
instruments such as the koto and the shamisen, and experience the 'Jiuta Sokyoku'
musical and choral traditions that have been passed down since the Edo period.
The concert was very
warmly received by the audience with enthusiastic applause following each piece.
At the conclusion of
the concert, a letter of friendship from the Governor of Kyoto Prefecture,
entrusted to the Kyoto Eirakukai on their visit to Edinburgh, was delivered to
representatives from the City of Edinburgh Council. Kyoto Prefecture and the
city of Edinburgh have had a friendship link for over 15 years. More details and
photos of the event can be found here.
Inaugural Greeting from the new Consul General in Edinburgh
More Mr Hajime Kitaoka
arrived to take up his responsibilities as new Consul General of Japan in
Edinburgh on 10th October.
For Mr Kitaoka's