‘I wish we could have stayed longer in Fraserburgh’.
That was the most frequent comment by Japanese travellers who visited the Broch recently.
All 24 visitors, from Nagasaki, participated in a tour of the UK related to Nagasaki’s Glover Garden.
The group visited places related to Thomas Blake Glover, Fraserburgh son and Nagasaki icon, including the Playbarn Nursery and the site of the former Glover House.
The group visited Fraserburgh Heritage Centre and after viewing the exhibits in the museum and enjoying a brief exchange, they expressed thanks the best way they could by singing Hotaru no Hihari (“By the Light of the Fireflies”), the Japanese version of Auld Lang Syne.
Cheers Café Bar and Tavern put on a traditional Scottish feast, giving the visitors the opportunity to experience the culture of Thomas Glover.
Translator Brian Burke-Gaffney who accompanied the visitors, told the Herald: “The tour was such a success – and the Fraserburgh leg of the trip so captivating – that the Japan Travel Bureau will undoubtedly plan repeat visits.
“On behalf of the members of the recent tour, I extend heartfelt thanks to all our friends in Fraserburgh for their wonderful hospitality.”