■ Aberdeen Japan Day 2016 – Report
On the 11th and 12th June, the Consulate General of Japan collaborated with 'Aberdeen Friends of Japan' to host a two-day cultural event – Kendo Tournament on the 11th and Japan Day on the 12th – at the Cults Academy in Aberdeen. Kendo Tournament for ”The Thistle Cup” was successfully held with the participation of many Kendoists from University clubs and private clubs, not only from Aberdeen, but from Edinburgh ,Glasgow, as well as those from outside Scotland. Japan Day showcased Japanese culture through a variety of experiences ranging from Ikebana, Tea ceremony, Japanese food tasting, Origami, kids Sumo, Japanese tourism information, martial arts demonstration as well as the section to try out Japanese traditional toys. This year, new programs were also added such as cosplay (costume) competition and Bon-Odori (Japanese folk dance). The event organiser Mr Kazuo Yamazaki received Samurai Award from the Lord Provost of Aberdeen for the successful weekend. The event further deepened the friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and Aberdeen.