Bhutan state visit to Japan - November 15-19, 2011

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

...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.
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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.
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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.
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.”
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.
What a wonderful, handsome and likeable couple !
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
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TM the King and the Queen have visited an elementary school in Soma city (pref Fukushima) on November 18th, 2011.


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

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**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)
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The pleasure and pain of Japan -
[...] 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.
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.
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

Such a rainy day!;)
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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.
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.
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
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.
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