“I saw England’s King from the top of a bus
I don’t know him still he seems to know us.”
I was reminded of these lines from “The Mountains of Morne” when I met the Emperor and Empress of Japan today.
Here is the song:
The Imperial Couple was very gracious, happy and smiling.
We had been preparing this for months. I say we but in fact it was their household and security that did everything. We just said yes.
Very few people actually got to see them because of security concerns, which I feel was a great pity, especially for our Japanese colleagues. Their Empress and Emperor were at the University for 3 hours but only a handful of staff saw them.
Anyway you can read full story and watch the video here:
I was privileged to meet them and they even shook my hand. This was odd as we were told essentially not to breathe in their presence but they were as friendly as can be. This has always been my experience. VIPs are normally charming and helpful whereas their courtiers are scared and obnoxious.They did not however seem inclined to talk about whisky that much. This is strange.