On 14th September, Ambassador Hajime KITAOKA made his 3rd official visit to Saku Municipality, which has signed a sister city agreement with the Japanese Saku City in Nagano Prefecture.
He was escorted by Mr. Toshifumi ITO, a Second Secretary and Ms. Made Leene TRUU, both in charge of culture and public relations in the Japanese Embassy.
The Ambassador, who left Tallinn, the Capital City in the morning, arrived at the Saku Gymnasium, which has finished its renovation.
Through the beautiful entrance, which reminds the Ambassador of his favorite facade of Tartu University, he was guided into the large hall of the Gymnasium.
The Ambassador’s lecture started with his greeting to about 100 students, already taking their seats.
He introduced some important episodes that the Estonian Saku Municipality has received the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation, that the Estonian President, H. E. Ms. KALJULAID, who visited the Japanese Saku City, awarded Mayor YANAGIDA the State Decoration “Terra Mariana Cross”, and that the Japanese Saku City became the host town for the Estonian Olympics athletes, who were so successful in getting a gold medal together with a bronze medal.
The Ambassador emphasized that the two Saku Cities have been playing extremely important roles for the Estonia-Japan friendship!
His greeting was followed by his power point presentation entitled “What is Japan? Mysterious Island Country”.
This presentation comprises four chapters on Japan, which are basics, variety, history and future, to introduce various aspects of Japan to the students.
This was followed by many questions by the students, which pleased the Ambassador so much!
He was also impressed by the students’ very high English language capability, together with their questions so intelligent!
After the presentation, the representatives of the students took the Ambassador to a guided tour into the renovated Gymnasium building.
Its class rooms and laboratories are clean and well organized with the most modern equipment, which pleased the Ambassador again, who thought “Ok! This is Estonia!”.
It was also a pleasant surprise for the Ambassador to meet a Japanese student, who is now studying at the Gymnasium.
The Ambassador would like express his sincerest gratitude to the Gymnasium, headed by Mr. Keit FOMOTŠKIN , the Director, for so kindly arranged this visit, and the students for gathering together for the presentation under the COVID19!