The Southland Times
January 10, 1998
WE awoke to 25cm of snow on the ground and beautiful clear,
It was definitely T-shirt and gumboots weather _ we didn't
The hospitality never stopped flowing and we found ourselves
laden with gifts, a Japanese custom that makes it feel
like Christmas over again.
But the day really belonged to the pipe band. Following
a courtesy visit to Mayor Kazuo Kobayashi, the 11 members
of the City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band performed
to a large crowd outside City Hall before negotiating
a long and slippery march to Yagihashi department store.
There promotions executive Julie Paterson and Southland
Development Unit manager Glenys McKenzie were kept busy
promoting Southland tourism while the band played two
half-hour concerts, again to a large crowd.
At a meeting of the Kumagaya Rotary Club, we were treated
to a Japanese meal where the party proved proficient with
chopsticks and the band again performed.
Everywhere we go we are photographed and the council's
public relations department is constantly wanting interviews.
Today the party was joined by a television crew from the
As we returned to Rissho University, we were in awe at
the way we are being treated. As one member of the pipe
band said: "I feel like I've died after being really,