Japan's Crown Prince, Crown Princess Enjoy Concert in Finland


Jarvenpaa, Finland, July 5 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko visited the home of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) in Jarvenpaa, southern Finland, on Friday.

At the Sibelius home, the couple enjoyed a concert to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the northern European country. Japanese pianist Izumi Tateno, who lives in Finland, played Finlandia, a piece composed by Sibelius, and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess applauded from the audience seats.

Jarvenpaa is located near Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

Earlier on Friday, the couple went to Seurasaari, an island in Helsinki, and viewed a traditional local house there.

After visiting Jarvenpaa, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko attended a luncheon hosted by Finnish Minister of Science and Culture Annika Saarikko in Tuusula, also near Helsinki. In a speech, the Crown Prince said he hopes that the friendship between Japan and Finland will grow stronger and last forever.

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