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State Visit #3: Japan

9 - 15 October 2016

Sunday 9 October 2016

Shortly after 7:00 the royal delegation with 230 guests (ministers, business men and women, scientists, artists, industrials, royal staff and 29 journalists) departed from Melsbroek airport.

Monday 10 October 2016

After a 15 hour flight with stops in Russia and Mongolia, the couple arrived at Tokyo Airport, Japan at 08:00 local time.

Private visit to the Nezru Shrine, one of the oldest Shinto worship places.

Clotilde Boël has accompanied the queen on this trip, as her lady-in-waiting.

Meeting fellow Belgians at the Belgian embassy.

During this first day the king and queen also had a private meeting with Japanese victims of the Brussels terror attacks, last 22nd of March, and their relatives.

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Meeting with emperor Akihito and empress Michiko of Japan.

Crown prince Naruhito and princess Masako were also present.

Visit to the Toho Gakuen school of Music.

Belgian fashion inspired by Japan.

Speech at the conference "Innovation & Technology".

Gala dinner offered by the Japanese emperor.

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Conference on tourism.

The emperor and empress accompanied Philippe & Mathilde to their next stop, Yuki.

In Yuki they visited a center for traditional arts and crafts.

Concert by a girls orchestra.

Gala dinner offered by Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe.

After the dinner and business meeting, Philippe & Mathilde privately spent the rest of the night at their hotel with crown prince Naruhito and crown princess Masako.

Thursday 13 October 2016

Shynkansen train to Nagoya.

Belgian products in the Matsuzakaya Department Store.

At the Tokugawa Art Museum.

Returning to Tokyo.

Official farewell to the Japanese emperor and empress at a Belgian concert in Tokyo.

with violinists, Yossif Ivanov & Lorenzo Gatto

Queen Mathilde told a journalist that during this state visit she read "L'éloge de l'ombre" (In Praise of Shadows), Junichiro Tanizaki's essay on traditional Japanese aesthetics. She loved it: "A work that allows you to really understand Japanese society."

Friday 14 October 2016

Arrival in Osaka.

A traditional NO theatre play.

Lunch meeting between Belgian universities and the university of Kobe.

Jazz recital with Jef Neve and Mélanie de Biasio.

Saturday 15 October 2016

The king and queen left Japan. Their flight had a delay of 7 hours due to bad weather conditions and had to land in China, instead of Mongolia.

Video of the entire visit

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