Currently 22 members of the Pipes & Drums of George Watson’s College are visiting Japan on their tenth annual visit arranged by the Sanix Foundation.
Obviously given the situation following the earthquake and tsunami the trip might not have gone ahead, but following discussions with the hosts and the parents of all participants it was agreed that the trip to Fukuoka in Southern Japan should proceed.
This decision was very well received by our friends in Japan, who thanked us for visiting and for raising nearly £4600 to help the people of Japan affected by the natural disaster.
However, on Sunday our pupils had a very humbling experience when they got to meet some refugees from the Fukashima area. An elderly Japanese singer/song writer is providing board and lodgings for 20 children in the Fukuoka area. All of these children lost their parents, brothers, sisters and homes in the earthquake and tsunami.
After performing for the children, our pupils chatted and exchanged gifts with them and afterwards their leader thanked the pupils very much for coming to their country at this time and spending some time with them. The leader went on to tell Pipe Major Iain Simpson that, "Listening and interacting with the pipe band pupils from Scotland was a very uplifting experience and has given the children new hope.”