Consul General pays visit to Academy

Consul General of Japan in Edinburgh, Hajime Kitaoka, recently travelled to Fraserburgh as part of a two-day event at the Academy.

Pupils learned about the links to Japan through famous broch son Thomas Blake Glover who was born in Fraserburgh in 1838 and whose investments and trading in Japan laid the foundations for the formation of the Mitsubishi company.

Head Teacher David Clark welcomes Consul General of Japan Hajime Kitaoka, Provost Jill Webster & Councillor Ian Tait to Fraserburgh Academy.

Head Teacher David Clark welcomes Consul General of Japan Hajime Kitaoka, Provost Jill Webster & Councillor Ian Tait to Fraserburgh Academy.

Provost Jill Webster welcomed Mr. Kitaoka who was accompanied by an entourage which included Vice Consul Kengo Sawai and his own personal sushi chef Yuki Hamasaki.

Academy pupils put on a show of traditional highland dancing accompanied by bagpipes before Provost Webster and Mr. Kitaoka gave speeches.

The pupils were then treated to a sushi demonstration by chef Hamasaki.

In his speech the consul general said: “Fraserburgh is a very important place to Japan.

“Although we are very far apart we are also very close because of Thomas Glover.”

Addressing the students in attendance he said:

“It is a great honour for me to be here and I feel positive for the future because I feel enthusiasm and affection for Japan from all of you.”