Momoe Uramoto, from Kumamoto (the first Fairtrade city in Asia) visited Garstang between 30 August and 9 September. She is a university student and a member of the Kumamoto Fairtrade Steering Committee. Momoe also works part-time in the Hachidori Café, a Fairtrade café run by Shoko Akashi who visited Garstang last April.
She met Michael and Norma Tempan on their visit to Japan earlier in the year and has remained in contact ever since. Together, they visited Ambleside and Beatrix Potter’s House in Far Sawrey, but Momoe also went to the Fairtrade outlets in Garstang, and especially to the Mustard Seed. During her busy schedule, Momoe also spent a long weekend in London and, again, made a variety of visits to Fairtrade-related locations, including Christchurch in East Dulwich. She also wanted to meet Bruce and was fortunate enough to see him between his visits to Bonn and Media City.
Momoe also spent some her time in Michael’s and Norma’s school, where she made a great impression on the children. She taught them some origami and calligraphy, and dressed in her yukata, a lightweight kimono for summertime.