Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary are currently on a working visit to Japan. They started their visit on Sunday, and the visit will be concluded Thursday this week. The visit is conducted on the occasion that Denmark and Japan are celebrating the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year.
The focus has been and will be today and tomorrow on the culture, the Danish lifestyle and design, and in the business area where 55 Danish companies participate.
On Sunday, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess started the visit by participating in the ‘Denmark Festival & Walkathon’, a 5.7 km long Walkathon, and in addition, the Crown Prince couple held meetings with the festival’s Danish companies during the afternoon and finally discussed Walkathon charity donations to two NGOs. The Sunday ended with a dinner at the Danish Embassy in Tokyo. At the event, the Crown Prince couple had the opportunity to see the newly-created art in the Embassy.
On Monday, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess attended a lunch in Kanazawa City with the Deputy Mayor Mr Daizo Hosoda before they received a guided tour through Kenrokuen. Later that day they visited the exhibition “Everyday Life – Signs of Awareness” at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Here the Crown Prince couple participated in the subsequent award ceremony where the Crown Prince held a speech.
Yesterday, Crown Prince Frederik visited the Naruse Oka primary school where he met some of the same children as during his visit in 2011. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen the relationship between Higashi-Matsushima and Denmark and to see first-hand how donations and moral support given in 2011 helped the city with to regain strength after the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami in 2011. The Crown Prince also visited the “Denmark Calligraphy” exhibition at the newly constructed Nobiru Citizen Centre as well as the Earthquake Memorial Park.
While the Crown Prince did this, Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess had a different program. Her day started with a visit to the Funabashi Andersen Park. Here the Crown Princess visited the Nordic Fair and the Adventure Pavilion, an event inspired by the traditional Danish Christmas market. After this, she visited the Children’s Museum before attending a lunch.
The Tuesday was ended when the Crown Prince couple visited the national archives of Japan together. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Royals still have many more things planned. They will among other things participate in a variety of cultural activities. Tomorrow evening, the visit will end with a big gala dinner in honour of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary.
During their visit, the Danish royals also met their colleagues in the Japanese Imperial family. The first day they arrived in Japan, they were received and welcomed by the Japanese Crown Prince and Crown Princess.