Rita Taketsuru, July 2014 (17 images)
Rita Taketsuru (née Rita Cowan) was the Scottish-born wife of the founder of Nikka Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. She was born in Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow, Scotland. The couple met there in 1919 while Taketsuru was lodging at the Cowan family home, and married the following year before moving to Japan. Rita is well-known in Japan and the subject of a NHK documentary, to be broadcast in Autumn 2014.