Report: “A cultural event celebrating 20 years of friendship between Edinburgh and Kyoto”

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On Sunday August 20th, a cultural event celebrating 20 years of friendship between Edinburgh and Kyoto was held in the Japanese Garden at Lauriston Castle, in the northwest of Edinburgh City.
Opening addresses were given by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh Frank Ross and the Consul General of Japan in Edinburgh Daisuke Matsunaga, followed by a speech by Dr Akihiko Shimizu, a researcher at the University of Edinburgh who hails from Uji in Kyoto Prefecture, which is itself a famous tea producing area.
Fortunately there was no rain on the day, and visitors were able to try various types of tea from Edinburgh-based tea companies Tea Gardens of Scotland and Eteaket, as well as a variety of sweets provided by the consulate’s chef.
Fringe performer Kensaku Satou also gave a taiko drumming performance, which both looked and sounded spectacular in the Japanese garden setting, and which the event's attendees thoroughly enjoyed.
There are plans for another event celebrating this 20-year friendship to be held in Kyoto this November.
 

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