Their Majesties granted an Au­di­ence to Princess Mako

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His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen granted an au­di­ence to Her Imperial High­ness Princess Mako on 2 June at Tashich­hod­zong.

Upon the in­vi­ta­tion of His Majesty The King, Her Imperial High­ness Princess Mako, 25, of Ak­ishino of Ja­pan ar­rived in the King­dom on 1 June, on a week-long of­fi­cial visit. Her Royal High­ness Princess Ee­uphelma Cho­den Wangchuck re­ceived Her Imperial High­ness at the Paro In­ter­na­tional Air­port on 1 June.

This is the third of­fi­cial royal visit by Ja­panese Imperial fam­ily.

Their Imperial High­ness The Prince and Princes Ak­ishino vis­ited Bhutan in 1997, and the Crown Prince of Ja­pan, His Imperial High­ness Prince Naruhito vis­ited Bhutan in 1987. HIH Princess visit is after 20 years of Their Im­pe­ri­als’ visit.

In her ad­dress to the del­e­gates at the Ban­quet Hall, Princess Mako said, “Their (the Ja­panese Imperial Fam­ily) visit made aware of Bhutan for the first time, and the strong im­pres­sion I gained of the na­tional flags with its dragon.” She added “beau­ti­ful tra­di­tion cos­tumes, and the smiles of the peo­ple, led me to hope that I would have the chance to visit Bhutan my­self some day.”

The princess high­lighted on the great East Ja­pan earth­quake oc­curred in 2011 where Their Majesties ren­dered warm sup­port for the af­fected peo­ple. Their Majesties were the first State Guest after the dis­as­ter hit Ja­pan. The princess said, “Their Majesties’ com­pas­sion and heart­felt words in Fukushima Pre­fec­ture were an en­cour­age­ment to peo­ple in the af­fected ar­eas and re­main in the hearts of the Ja­panese peo­ple.”

After her ar­rival on 1 June, HIH Princess vis­ited the Folk Her­itage Mu­seum in Thim­phu where the Tarayana Foun­da­tion ben­e­fi­ciary show­cased their work and prod­ucts, and demon­strated some of the Bhutanese cul­ture.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, at the ban­quet hall, Princess Mako said, “I feel proudly grate­ful to lis­ten to Their Majesties’ most gra­cious words.”

Princess Mako graced the open­ing of Ja­pan Week in Bhutan at the Clock Tower in Thim­phu. She said, “I hope that this event will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for the peo­ple

of Bhutan to feel close to Ja­pan.”

Princess Mako also wit­nessed Archery and tra­di­tional games in na­tional archery ground at Changlingmithang, on 3 June fol­lowed by an au­di­ence with His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo in Dechench­hol­ing Palace. The princess then vis­ited Royal Tex­tile Acad­emy.

Yes­ter­day, HIH Princess granted an au­di­ence to the of­fi­cials and staffs of Ja­pan Over­seas Cor­po­ra­tion Agency Vol­un­teers (JOCV), se­nior vol­un­teers, Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Cor­po­ra­tion Agency (JICA), ex­perts and Ja­panese res­i­dents in Thim­phu. Princess Mako then met Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay, the Prime Min­is­ter of Bhutan.

To­day, the princess is sched­uled to in­au­gu­rate the third Royal Bhutan Flower Ex­hi­bi­tion with Gyalt­suen Jet­sun Pema Wangchuck at the Na­tional Memo­rial Chorten and light but­ter lamps. Later, the princess will visit Zorig Cho­sum In­sti­tute.

The princess will then move to Paro, where she will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, and Farm Ma­chin­ery Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (Nish­ioka Mu­seum), set up in honor of late Ja­panese agri­cul­ture ex­pert Dasho Keiji Nish­ioka, who helped im­prove veg­etable farm­ing tech­niques in the coun­try.

The HIH Princess will also visit Nish­ioka Chorten, Chukha vil­lage in Lango Ge­wog, Rin­pung Dzong and Na­tional Mu­seum.

Be­fore re­turn­ing to Ja­pan on 8 June, she will hike to the Tak­t­sang.

The princess, the el­dest daugh­ter of Prince Ak­ishino and Princess Kiko, is set to ar­rive in Ja­pan on 8 June after spend­ing a night in Sin­ga­pore.

HIH Princess will soon en­gage to a uni­ver­sity class­mate, Kei Ko­muro who now works as a para­le­gal at a Tokyo law firm.

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen granted an Au­di­ence to Her Imperial High­ness Princess Mako of Ak­ishino, at the Tashich­hod­zong on Fri­day.

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