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Harris Tweed is well represented in Japan at the moment, marking Scotland’s participation in the Rugby World Cup finals and the partnership between Harris Tweed Hebrides (HTH) and Scottish Rugby.
Japan is the leading export market for the fabric and the World Cup offered a rare promotional opportunity with two high-level receptions at the British Embassy in Tokyo, extensive media interest and a range of other events and meetings.
Along with the leading Scottish retailer, Walker Slater, Harris Tweed Hebrides are now official partners of Scottish Rugby for the next two years. They have supplied the formal wear for the team and officials who travelled to Japan.
The British Ambassador, Paul Madden, hosted a reception for Scottish Development International at his residence in Tokyo where both Harris Tweed Hebrides and the Harris Tweed Authority were represented along with other prominent Scottish textile firms.
A number of other events are planned for the next few days with the Princess Royal – a great supporter of both Harris Tweed and Scottish Rugby – in attendance. On Sunday, Scotland are due to play Japan in their final group stage game which will determine which side progresses to the knock-out stages.
However, the threat of a typhoon hitting the Tokyo area over the weekend has thrown all these arrangements into doubt.
Speaking from Yokohama, where the Scotland party is based, HTH chairman Brian Wilson commented: ‘As well as the game itself, there is supposed to be a lot happening over the next few days but it is all up in the air. It could pass us by or else Tokyo and Yokohama could be in lock-down with everything cancelled.’
Mark Hogarth and Harris Tweed Hebrides agent in Japan, Y. Kuroki, with the Scottish Rugby Harris Tweed blazer at the British Embassy.
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