■ Gardening Scotland 2016 – Report
Letter from Consul General
Gardening Scotland is a large scale National Gardening and Outdoor Living Show, held at a site near the Edinburgh airport in early June every year. I visited this event last weekend (3rd – 5th June), as the Consulate of Japan opens a stall as an exhibitor every year.
The pictures below are our stall for this year. It has a Japanese Tea Ceremony section with Shamisen (traditional Japanese string instrument) performance in the background, where bowls of freshly made green tea were available to taste for those who were interested. Local visitors who do not normally have a chance to experience Japanese culture stopped by with full of curiosity, and relished the taste and the richness of Japanese tea.
Origami was the other feature of our stall. Since this event is about gardening, there were real flowers seen everywhere. A Consulate staff came up with the idea to display Origami paper flowers that represent the four seasons. Those Origami flowers indeed caught visitors’ eyes and many of them even learnt how to make their own flowers.
Scotland is a place with rich natural beauties and rich nature is preserved thanks to people’s love for greenery. I was also delighted to meet Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform on the occasion. I spent a lovely weekend at Gardening Scotland.