Saturday, October 06, 2007

The king and the emperor are prepared


Japanese Emperor Akihito receives a gift from Swedish King Carl Gustaf during a reception of 54th World Baden-Powell Fellowship event in Tokyo October 5, 2007. Carl XIV Gustaf and Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, attended the reception to celebrate the centenary of scouting.

My mother and grandfather were active scouts, but I never caught the bug. Here in Japan you often see groups of kids in their best scouting uniforms, looking very ready and prepared!

The Japanese Scout Motto is Sonae-yo Tsuneni (Japanese: そなえよつねに), translating as Be Prepared.

Wikipedia notes that the Scouting movement in Japan started in 1909.

Scout Association of Japan (English website)

3 comments:

Pandabonium said...

Akihito: What is it?

Gustaf: It's a Swedish urn.

Akihito: What's a Swedish urn?

Gustaf: Oh, about 7,000 Krona a week.

Martin J Frid said...

HHH

How about this:

A: What is it?
Gustaf: The vase you gave us.
A? Ah so desuka, Queen Silvia didn't like it?
Gustaf: She told me to ret-urn it!

Pandabonium said...

Ouch. I wasn't prepared for that.