Japan Emperor, Empress Visit Kodomonokuni Park in Yokohama


Yokohama, April 12 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Kodomonokuni, a park in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on Friday, two days after the couple marked their 60th wedding anniversary.

After arriving at the 100-hectare park around 11 a.m. (2 a.m. GMT), the Emperor and the Empress saw nature and facilities there with smiles, aboard the "Akapoppo-go" park bus.

The park was opened on May 5, 1965, as a project to celebrate the marriage of the couple on April 10, 1959.

The park was built as Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, then Crown Prince and Crown Princess, wished for money gifts sent from across the country to celebrate their marriage to be used for a facility for children.

The couple have visited the park with their children many times. The Emperor has paid visits 11 times, including the latest one, and the Empress 14 times.

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