We are delighted to announce that H.E. Mr Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom, will be a guest at the World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival on 18th March 2017.

Portrait Photo-写真(背景グレー) H.E. Mr Koji Tsuruoka was appointed the new Japanese ambassador in April 2016. He graduated from the faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo and has served in embassies in Moscow, Washington and Jacarta and has held a number of high level roles in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His visit to the Dalemain Marmalade Awards is a celebration of the way in which entrants from all over Japan have taken the Awards into their hearts, with ever increasing numbers of Japanese entries and Gold winners.

As the Awards become ever more international, with entries already arriving from Spain, Australian, the Bahamas and the USA – as well as, of course, Japan! – it is wonderful to see growing international recognition of how a love of marmalade can bring together people of all nationalities from around the world. In 2016 Gold Winners from Japan, Bali and Australia travelled to Cumbria for the Awards ceremony, and we hope that our international winners in 2017 will be able to do the same, as we come together for a weekend of marmalade, creativity and fun.

Organisers of the Awards are hoping to encourage even higher numbers of international entries in 2017, raising money for hospice work all around the globe and bringing ever more new and inventive flavours to the competition as it continues to grow and develop. As on participant has shown, when she emailed to ask whether she could include a Japanese endemic species ‘Hetsuka Daidai’ in her marmalade, even twelve years into the competition, there is still plenty of room for surprises.

The Ambassador will be accompanied by his wife and Mr Hiranaka, counsellor for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. We look forward to sharing with them the joys of the Marmalade Festival in all its brilliance.

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[Giant marmalade entries from Japan, 2016, from the ‘Merry Marmalade’ category]