Japan's Princess Mako Meets Japanese Bolivian Students


Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 16 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Princess Mako interacted with Bolivian students of Japanese ancestry on Tuesday at a Japanese language school in Santa Cruz, eastern Bolivia, which hosts a large community of Japanese Bolivians.

The princess, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, applauded students' essays, paintings and calligraphic works at the school, housed in a facility designed to deepen Japanese-Bolivian ties.

Roberto Nakasato, 15, and Martin Tonoshiro, 14, each wrote a calligraphic work of Chinese characters meaning success and failure.

The two students explained that success and failure are the essential parts of life, adding that failure makes people grow and leads them to success. Princess Mako nodded deeply with a smile.

Earlier on Tuesday, Princess Mako, now on an official tour of Bolivia, visited a museum in La Paz that records the history of Japanese immigration to Bolivia and had talks with local people of Japanese descendant.

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