After giving a presentation at Rakvere Gymnasium, the Ambassador visited the Rakvere City Government Building.
He was welcomed by Ms. Triin VAREK, the honorable Mayor, Ms. Laila TALUNIK, a Deputy Mayor and Mr. Kaspar LOOD, the Project Manager of Rakvere Cultural Center, who introduced the unique building of the City Government.
It is called “Smart House”, using various energy saving technologies.
The Ambassador inspected the heating system using solar-panel and geo thermal energy, temperature control system by opening and shutting double glass wall etc.
The Ambassador praised this house as very Estonian!
Then the Ambassador moved to “Restaurant Villa Theresa” to attend the lunch hosted by the Mayor and the honorable Chairman of the City Council, Mr. Mihkel JUHKAMI.
The Mayor told the Ambassador “surprise is waiting for you”.
It was indeed a pleasant surprise for the Ambassador that Mr. Kaido HÖÖVELSON (known as “Baruto”), a member of the Parliament (Riigikogu) and a former Sumo wrestler appeared as the special guest, which was a wonderful reunion for the Ambassador since he met Baruto-san on 15th July at the handing-over ceremony of Komatsu bulldozer (see our HP and FB on that date).
The Ambassador enjoyed local delicacies like duck.
And all the participants discussed extensively on the subjects like the possibility of Rakvere to sign the cooperation agreement with a Japanese city, sharing the same characteristics like spa, meat production, wooden door manufacturing, energy saving technologies etc.
They also discussed the possibility of the exchange of students between Rakvere Gymnasium and a Japanese school.
This first official visit to Rakvere turned out to be a precious occasion for the Ambassador to learn the importance of Rakvere, which is enjoying geographical advantages, located at in the midst of major cities like Tallinn, Tartu and Narva.