Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Consul general hopes for greater relationship between north-east and Japan

Chef Yuki Hamasaki shows the ingredients to Hajime Kitaoka and Jill Webster
Chef Yuki Hamasaki shows the ingredients to Hajime Kitaoka and Jill Webster

The consul general of Japan has said that he hopes to gap the bridge between his country and the birthplace of one of its most famous citizens.

Hajime Kitaoka was speaking during a visit to Fraserburgh Academy yesterday, where he shared some insights into how the Scottish Samurai – Thomas Blake Glover – is remembered today.

Glover, who was born in Fraserburgh in 1838, moved to Nagasaki in his early 20s and played a crucial role in the industrialisation of Japan.

The entrepreneur helped to found the shipbuilding company which was later to become the Mitsubishi Corporation, and to establish the Japan Brewery Company, which later became the Kirin Brewery Company.

Mr Kitaoka brought his personal sushi chef to Fraserburgh Academy yesterday and pupils were shown how to prepare several raw fish dishes.

Throughout the day students embraced other aspects of the culture of the far east by taking part in Japanese language and origami classes.

Mr Kitaoka said: “This is my third visit to Fraserburgh and I have been very much impressed by a deep affection and enthusiasm for Japan by the people of Fraserburgh.

“Fraserburgh is very close to Japan, but at the same time is very far from Japan. It’s sort of a contradiction – close because of it being the birthplace of Thomas Glover but, geographically, is so remote. How to reconcile these contractions, that is my job.

“Fraserburgh is very important for Japan. In Japan we have the Glover Garden and it is visited by more than one million visitors each year – everyone in Japan knows Thomas Blake Glover was born in Scotland.”

Yuki Hamasaki, the consul’s chef, prepared two classic styles of sushi – Maki Zushi where rice and fish are rolled together then sliced into round pieces and Nigiri Zushi where pieces of fish are served on top of small portions of seasoned rice.

Provost Jill Webster added: “We’re delighted to welcome to Fraserburgh and Aberdeenshire the Japanese consul general.

“I think the pupils have been very much enjoying Japanese words and the language, it broadens their approach and helps them understand the association between Fraserburgh and Japan.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]