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Visit from Kagoshima Konan School

We were delighted to welcome a group of Japanese Year 12 pupils on their recent visit to Mill Hill School, which included; spending the morning in lessons with ‘buddies’; singing their school song in the Chapel having attended assembly; meeting the Head, Mrs King, over hot chocolate in the Crick Room; touring the campus of Mill Hill School and The Mount, Mill Hill International and presenting to Mill Hill pupils on topics including the eminent Old Millhillian Ernest Satow.

The School was particularly interested to visit Mill Hill due to the connection to Satow, who held a significant post as a British diplomat based in Kagoshima during the years 1862-1869 when Japan was changing from rule by the Tokugawa shogunate to the restoration of Imperial rule. Satow was also a keen student of the Japanese culture and Chinese calligraphy. It is interesting to note that one of his pieces of Chinese calligraphy is held in the British Library under his artist’s name, Seizan. There was an interesting symmetry during the visit, when Tomohisa Yamamoto (Fourth Form), welcomed the visitors both in Japanese and fluent English, demonstrating the cultural transition that he himself had made in moving to Mill Hill from Tokyo in September.