Princess Laurentien In Japan

  November 26, 2017 at 1:47 am by

Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien paid a two-day visit to Japan to attend the ceremony in honour of the completion of the Omotemonbashi bridge of Dejima in Nagasaki on behalf of the Dutch Goverment.
On Thursday November 23, first day in Japan, the Princess visited the Fukuoka-2 monument in Nagasaki, buildt in September 2015 to commemorate the foreign prisoners of war killed in the Fukuoka-2 prison of war.  The Princess placed flowers to the memorial stone were are written the names of foreign prisoners killed, among which 41 were Dutch.
Then she visited the Dutch Cemetery were are buried around 400 Dutchmen who worked at the Dutch East India Company at the trading post at Dejima during the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
Later in the afternoon the Princess, along with Princess Kiko of Japan, paid a visit to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. The museum was buildt in remembrance of the explosion of the atomic bomb dropped by the Americans in Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, during the final stage of the Second World War. Princess Laurentien and Princess Kiko laid flowers at the foot of the monument that was erected at the hypocentrum of the blast.
In the evening the Princesses attended a concert held by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Brick Hall, Nagasaki. The orchestra, lead by the chief conductor Daniele Gatti, performed the Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 and the Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto along with the German master violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann.

Princess Laurentien began the second and last day in Japan, on Friday November 24, with a visit at the Kyushu Ceramics Museum in Arita accompanied by Princess Kiko.
In the afternoon the Princess, along with Prince Askishino and his wife, Princess Kiko, opened the new Omotemonbashi bridge that symbolically connects the former Dutch trading post Dejima with Nagasaki. The island of Dejima was the Dutch trading post from 1641 until 1859. In her speech Princess Laurentien said that she was “honoured and humbled to be back in the beautiful country where I lived for three years when I was a teenager and to attend the opening of this very special bridge”. The Princess also praised the Nagasaki government and population for the efforts made for the restoring and reconstructing the Dutch trade post on Dejima.



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One Response to Princess Laurentien In Japan

  1. Natalya says:

    These charming Princesses are restoring the bridges … May their activity be fruitful . Respect !

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