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Kasumi 11-14-2011 02:20 PM

Bhutan state visit to Japan - November 15-19, 2011
 
TM the King and Queen of Bhutan will be visiting Japan from November 15-19 on the invitation of the Japanese emperor to commemorate 25th anniversary of Bhutan-Japan diplomatic relations..
It will be first state visit of Bhutanese monarch to Japan ever.

Programm of the visit:

1. HM the King will address to DIET
on November 17th;
2. HM the King will meet the Crown Prince and the PM (the Emperor will not be able to attend - Source);
3.
HM the King will reaffirm the goodwill and friendship of the Bhutanese people towards the people of Japan, and express solidarity with the victims of the earthquake of March 11th, 2011.
4.The Keio University will confer on HM the King an honorary doctorate in economics, where HM will deliver an acceptance lecture to the students and faculty.
5. The state banquet will be hosted by Imperial family (the Emperor will not be able to attend).

The Royal visit to Japan | BBS
Provisional Itinerary is here (Embassy of Japan in Bhutan)
http://www.in.emb-japan.go.jp/Japan-...i2Nov2011.html
http://www.kuenselonline.com/2011/?p=20977

Al_bina 11-14-2011 04:28 PM

Thanks for the information!
Hopefully Crown Princess Masako will be able to attend the banquet.

Kasumi 11-15-2011 01:54 AM

The royal couple arrive at Narita International airport on November 15, 2011.

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Kasumi 11-15-2011 12:28 PM

Bhutan's royal couple on state visit to Japan - Monsters and Critics

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Japanese Prime Minister and his wife are greeted by TM King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema for their talks at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo on November 15, 2011.

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Kasumi 11-15-2011 01:00 PM

Bhutan's Royal couple arrival to Narita airport

Al_bina 11-15-2011 05:16 PM

King Of Bhutan Shows Off Cowboy-Inspired Look (PHOTOS)

Kasumi 11-15-2011 06:06 PM

Bhutan Royal Couple Express Condolences For Japan Quake Victims

The king and queen of Bhutan, who are visiting Japan as state guests, expressed their condolences for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami during a meeting with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his wife on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said.

Kasumi 11-16-2011 02:48 AM

TIH the Crown Prince Naruhito, the Prince Akishino and the Princess Kiko have welcomed TM the King and the Queen of Bhutan at the Imperial palace in Tokyo on November 16th, 2011.

HM the Empress Michiko has paid a visit to Akasaka palace to greet the young royal couple later on the same day.

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Bhutan royal couple welcomed by Japan's crown prince - The Mainichi Daily News
NHK article + video - http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111116_15.html
Very nice panorama picture

Kasumi 11-16-2011 01:03 PM

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Pema are greeted by Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito upon his arrival at the Imperial Palace for the state dinner in Tokyo on November 16, 2011.

**Pic 1** **Pic 2** **Pic 3** - credits Getty
**Pic 4** - no tiaras at the banquet this time :ermm:
Panorama view of the banquet hall - nearly all adult members of Japanese IF were present

Banquet held for Bhutan's King and his wife - NHK

Quote:

Originally Posted by Al_bina (Post 1337273)
...Hopefully Crown Princess Masako will be able to attend the banquet.

It was unlikely for HIH the Crown Princess to attend since she had reconvalescent child at home. And don't forget that the Crown Princess skipped the state visit from Cambodia not so long ago.

Al_bina 11-16-2011 01:49 PM

Thanks for the updates !:flowers::flowers:
I assume that the lack of tiaras can be attributed to the fact that the Bhutanese reigning couple prefers to wear the traditional clothing. The Japanese side has decided to go with the traditional theme. Hence Princess Kiko and other ladies attending the banquet wore kimonos.

Kasumi 11-17-2011 02:09 AM

HM the King Jigme Khesar addresses the lower house of Parliament in Tokyo Thursday, November 17th, 2011.

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TM the King and the Queen have visited the Keio University in Tokyo on November 17th, 2011. The King has received the degree of Doctor of Economics. The King has also delivered a speech for students.

**Pic 1** **Pic 2** **Pic 3** **Pic 4** - credits Getty

Bhutan's royals first state guests | The Japan Times Online
Slideshow of the Royal visit at Sankei site

Kasumi 11-17-2011 11:01 AM

State dinner footage in the news - TBS

Princess Mako is lovely in blue kimono :flowers:

Kasumi 11-17-2011 11:35 AM

TM the King and the Queen visiting Kodokan judo gymnasium in Tokyo, November 17th, 2011.

**Pic 1** **Pic 2** **Pic 3**
**Pic 4** **Pic 5** **Pic 6** - credits Getty

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Visiting Meiji shrine in Tokyo.

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Al_bina 11-17-2011 11:50 AM

Thanks for the updates !:flowers::flowers:
The visits is going well. It is unfortunate, but understandable that Crown Princess Masako did not attend the banquet.
HM the King Jigme Khesar's English is quite fluent.

Kasumi 11-17-2011 06:26 PM

kuenselonline » Blog Archive » Our people share a special bond: His Majesty
The people of Bhutan and Japan share a special bond, His Majesty the King said at the state banquet hosted by the Emperor and Empress of Japan yesterday evening.
His Majesty conveyed the prayers and good wishes of the fourth Druk Gyalpo to the Imperial family and acknowledged their pivotal roles in furthering the friendship between the two countries.
“Personally, I have to say that it is a special honour and happiness being here on the invitation of Their Majesties so soon after our wedding,” His Majesty said. “It is to Their Majesties that Jetsun and I will always look for inspiration and guidance during the course of our life together, and as we serve our nation.”

NGalitzine 11-17-2011 06:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Al_bina (Post 1338230)
Thanks for the updates !:flowers::flowers:
The visits is going well. It is unfortunate, but understandable that Crown Princess Masako did not attend the banquet.
HM the King Jigme Khesar's English is quite fluent.

The king studied at Oxford so I would expect his command of English would be rather good.

Kasumi 11-17-2011 07:03 PM

The Royal couple at Keio university

rominet09 11-17-2011 08:14 PM

What a wonderful, handsome and likeable couple !

Kasumi 11-18-2011 03:53 PM

On November 17th there was held a reception on behalf of the Japan-Bhutan friendship society. Over 500 Japanese have come to greet the newlyweds.

**Pic** - all photos Kyodo

Kasumi 11-18-2011 04:00 PM

TM the King and the Queen have visited an elementary school in Soma city (pref Fukushima) on November 18th, 2011.

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HM the Empress and HIH the Crown Prince visiting the Bhutanese royal couple at Akasaka palace on November 18th, 2011.

**Pic 1** **Pic 2** **Pic 3**
**Pic 4** **Pic 5** - credits Getty

Addresses by His Majesty the Emperor (2011) - The Imperial Household Agency
Remarks by His Majesty the Emperor at the State Banquet in Honor of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck of the Kingdom of Bhutan (November 16, 2011)

Kasumi 11-18-2011 04:49 PM

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

Kasumi 11-19-2011 03:27 AM

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.

Kasumi 11-19-2011 03:44 AM

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

Kasumi 11-19-2011 04:11 AM

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

Such a rainy day!;)

dazzling 11-19-2011 04:23 AM

Such a high profile and busy visit for the newly wed couple. So far the new Queen has done quite well.

Kasumi 11-19-2011 05:27 AM

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.

Kasumi 11-19-2011 03:06 PM

King and Queen of Bhutan visit Fukushima

Kasumi 11-19-2011 03:24 PM

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.

**Pic 1** **Pic 2** - credits Reuters

Kasumi 11-19-2011 03:28 PM

Bhutanese Royal couple in Kyoto - ANN news

Al_bina 11-19-2011 03:44 PM

Thanks for the updates!:flowers:
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.

Kasumi 11-19-2011 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Al_bina (Post 1338942)
...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.:smile:

Al_bina 11-19-2011 04:08 PM

Thanks for the clarification!:flowers:

Kasumi 11-20-2011 10:20 AM

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.

Kasumi 11-21-2011 12:20 PM

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema leaving Kansai international airport on November 20th, 2011.

**Pic** - credits Kyodo

Kasumi 12-10-2011 04:47 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDudE...eature=related


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