A photo exhibition is being held at Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo in honour of the late King Bhumibol of Thailand. It is being held by the Thai government in cooperation with the university as part of the 130th anniversary of the Thai-Japanese diplomatic relations.
Keiko Ishikawa is president of the Soka Women’s college and said that the two countries share cultural similarities, not in the least because they both have a royal family as the main institution. Several Japanese visitors, including Keiko Ishikawa, bowed their heads in front of a large image of the late King Bhumibol. The event was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Culture Minister Veera Rojpojanarat, Thai ambassador to Japan Bansarn Bunnag and senior officials from the Culture Ministry.
Several photos of the exhibition show landmark events in the late King’s life, like his coronation ceremony in 1950 and the King dressed as a monk. Some of the King’s artistic works are also on display. The venue is decorated with 89 types yellow flowers, the colour symbolising the King’s birthday and the number represents the age the King was when he died last year. A photo of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in personal mourning for the King is in a central place in the exhibition.
The two royal families had a warm relationship and visited each other several times. The Imperial Couple joined the King in 2006 when he celebrated 60 years on the throne, and they were there last March when the King laid in state at the Grand Palace. The King and Emperor shared a passion for fish.
The photo exhibition is just one of several events which celebrate the long diplomatic relationship between the two countries.
King Bhumibol died on 13 October 2016, and at the time he was the world’s longest reigning monarch.