Their Majesties granted an Audience to Princess Mako
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.