Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States, will be visiting Seattle Sept. 15-16, to participate in a series of events including a speech scheduled at the Seattle Rotary Club.
The current Ambassador to the U.S. lived in Magnolia when his father was serving as the Consul General of Japan in Seattle, and welcomed The Crown Prince and Princess of Japan (current Emperor and Empress) to the Seattle Japanese Garden for a commemorative tree planting. Ambassador Fujisaki was a junior high school student at the time, at Catharine Blaine Jr. High School in Magnolia (now Catharine Blaine School).
His two-day visit includes a tour of his old school, meeting the Seattle Mariners at the beginning of the Sept. 15 game against Boston, visiting Virginia Mason Hospital, attending a plaque unveiling and tree cutting ceremony at the Seattle Japanese Garden and visiting the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington in south Seattle.
Fujisaki attended Blaine in the 1960s and went on to study at Brown University and graduate school at Stanford University. As a diplomat focusing on foreign affairs, Fujisaki served in Jakarta, Paris, London and Tokyo, where he was the deputy director-general for Asian affairs.
Fujisaki will visit the Blaine campus at 10:45 a.m., Sept. 15.[[In-content Ad]]