Scotland has a wonderful heritage of legends and stories of men of great strength and athletic ability, of inspiring pipers, drummers and colourful dancers. Although often associated in the past with arts of war, these activities developed into organised gatherings some two or three centuries ago. In recent times Highland Gatherings are held every week from May to October in the towns and villages throughout Scotland. Scots the world over have retained and maintained these traditions by holding Highland Games annually in countries as far afield as Canada, New Zealand, Indonesia, Australia, America and Japan.
For 29 years a Highland Games has been held in Tokyo where for one day of the year you can experience a small comer of Scotland with the taste of Haggis and Whisky, watch men toss the caber, hammers, stones and other heavy weights; or be beguiled by the dancers, pipers and drummers with their wonderful sights and sounds.
Children are not left out as they can take part in a variety of races throughout the day, from egg and spoon to flat races and enjoy a Bouncy Castle and Stamp Rally. We have the ever popular tug o’ war competition for adults, and of course, for the footballers amongst you, there is the seven-a-side competitions for younger players and veterans.
So, for a completely different day out right here in Tokyo, come along and join in the fun at the Highland Games and experience a real Scottish welcome.