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The pleasure and pain of Japan - FT.com
[...] The city seemed to be in a sparkly mood with festive lights being switched on and considerable attention being given to the state visit by the King of Bhutan and his fetching wife Jetsun.
A whole morning’s news programme was devoted to the Dragon Queen’s shopping expedition around Ginza. In typical Japanese TV fashion, the graphics department of one particular network had been kept busy with their glue and paints making graphic boards (for some reason Japanese TV presenters still like a bit of board and a pointer to get their message across) displaying the temperatures of Bhutan and relating them to the queen’s purchases.
I was able to decipher that she’d made a trip to Uniqlo to buy some thermal underwear and a down jacket. The channel’s meteorology department concluded that these were wise purchases for a monarch who lives at high altitude. [...]

Japan minister skips Bhutan royal dinner for a party
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King, queen of Bhutan visit disaster-hit Fukushima - The Mainichi Daily News
The king and queen of Bhutan visited Fukushima Prefecture Friday to encourage people affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and the nuclear crisis triggered by the disaster. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema visited Sakuragaoka Elementary School in the city of Soma and enjoyed singing and dancing performances by fifth- and sixth-grade students.
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The couple then visited the city's Haragama and Obama districts, where the quake and tsunami claimed some 160 lives, and offered prayers for the victims at an alter set up in a parking lot.

Crown Prince says bye to king, queen | The Japan Times Online
Crown Prince Naruhito bid farewell Friday to the king and queen of Bhutan upon completion of their itinerary in Tokyo as state guests, the Imperial Household Agency said.
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Empress Michiko, who canceled several welcoming events while Emperor Akihito is in a hospital with bronchitis, met separately with the couple.
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TM the King and the Queen offering prayers for the victims of the tsunami and Fukushima nuclear plant disaster - November 18th, 2011.

**Pic 1** **Pic 2** **Pic 3**- credits Kyodo
**Pic** - The Queen is wiping tears while hearing about the devastatation of the city and human victims
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Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Ashi Jetsun visit Kinkakuji temple in Kyoto, western Japan, on November 19, 2011. Their guide is Kinkakuji temple master Raitei Arima.

**Pic 1** **Pic 2** **Pic 3** - credits Getty

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Such a high profile and busy visit for the newly wed couple. So far the new Queen has done quite well.
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King of Bhutan arrives in Japan bearing butterflies - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Two specimens of a rare butterfly collected by a team that included Japanese researchers were presented to Japan by the visiting King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
A team from the Butterfly Society of Japan confirmed and collected five specimens of the Bhutanitis ludlowi, or Ludlow's Bhutan swallowtail, in August. That was the first sighting in about 80 years.
Masaya Yago, an assistant professor at the University Museum of the University of Tokyo who was part of the research team, said the king decided to give the butterfly specimens as not only a mark of the cordial relations between the two nations, but also as a symbol of hope for the Tohoku region in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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On November 19th TM the King Jigme Khesar and the Queen Ashi Jetsun visited Kyoto.
They took part at carving a Buddhist statue at the Gallery of Kyoto Traditional Arts & Crafts.
The statue is being made of pine wood from Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture, one of the areas hit hard by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. Fbout 3,000 people have so far contributed to the carving.

**Pic 1** **Pic 2** **Pic 3** - credits Getty

The Royal couple took part in a traditional tea ceremony.
TM were dressed in traditional Japanese costumes for a banquet hosted by the city of Kyoto.

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Thanks for the updates!
Kyoto temple is amazing. Rich autumnal colours created a somewhat melancholic atmosphere. It would be fair to say that the couple enjoyed dressing in Japanese clothes and attending the banquet. I wonder about the Queen Ashi Jestun's kimono. Given the length of sleeves, it looks like a furisode.
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...I wonder about the Queen Ashi Jestun's kimono. Given the length of sleeves, it looks like a furisode.
Yep, it definitely is furisode. It has patterns all over the kimono, and not only under the waistline.
Still, I'm not sure Her Majesty would mind to wear it instead of tomesode.
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Bhutan Royal pair visits survivors
The king and queen of Bhutan have visited Fukushima Prefecture in a bid to encourage survivors of the March 11 disasters and ensuing nuclear crisis.
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema on Friday visited Sakuragaoka Elementary School in the city of Soma, where fifth- and sixth-grade students sang and danced before the royal couple.
The king told the students that he traveled with the queen to Japan to try to raise the spirits of disaster survivors. He also told the students to use the hardships they are currently experiencing as a chance to learn to control their emotions and build a strong character.
The queen promised to return to Soma if she makes any future trips to Japan.
The couple then visited the city's Haragama and Obama districts, where the quake and tsunami claimed about 160 lives, and offered prayers for the victims at an alter set up in a parking lot.
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King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema leaving Kansai international airport on November 20th, 2011.

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