Japanese Prince Hisahito Meets Bhutanese King, Queen

Society

Thimphu, Bhutan, Aug. 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prince Hisahito, accompanied by his parents, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, paid a courtesy call on Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife, Queen Jetsun Pema, in Thimphu, Bhutan's capital, on Monday.

They had lunch together at Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the Bhutanese government and a Buddhist monastery, which houses the throne room and offices of the king.

Prince Hisahito, who is second in line to the throne, and his parents were escorted to the fortress by people performing a traditional Bhutanese dance and playing traditional music. This is the first overseas trip by Prince Hisahito, 12.

They received the highest-level welcome, with a mandala symbolic diagram displayed at the center building of the inner courtyard of Tashichho Dzong.

Dressed in "haori" and "hakama" traditional Japanese attire and wearing a tense look, Prince Hisahito and his parents entered a room in the fortress, where the Bhutanese king and queen were waiting.

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