the president of Hankyu Mr Sugioka and the British Ambassador for Japan Mr
from Great Britain had been selected to take part and as usual the gala evening
was hugely attended. The event represents a phenomenon in the Hankyu retail
calendar as the following day it was attended by thousands of customers
purchasing British made goods. At one point there were 300 people queuing to get
into the special constructed English tea room.
Jeff’s speech traditionally
ends with the pun Hankyu Very Much
and this year Jeff created an exclusive polo shirt with the phrase embroidered
on the back to commemorate the event.