Hungary Japan princess

She is on a 6-day-long official visit in Hungary on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of establishing the Japanese-Hungarian diplomatic relations. This is her first official overseas trip.

The Japanese emperor’s niece arrived in Bábolna to see the Equestrian Museum and the National Stud Farm 130 years after ambassadors from Japan came there first to choose horses for the Imperial Court. She was shown documents proving that in some of the Court’s horses are out of Hungarian bloodlines. Princess Kako was accompanied by István Nagy, Minister of Agriculture, during the tour – reported.

The princess was shown the terrace from which the emperor’s envoys had surveyed studs to select for the Japanese court to take back in 1889. The princess was also shown the farm’s rose garden and its finest thoroughbreds – Salamat B, Purebred Arabian, Gazal XIX-2 Shagya-Arabian and Firsty, the Thoroughbred – in the riding hall.

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Princess Kako in the Herend Porcelain Manufacture and Museum. Photo: MTI/Máthé Zoltán

István Nagy added that at the end of the 19th century, the Japanese Imperial Court’s horses took part in horse races in Budapest and even today some Japanese students study to become jockeys in Hungary.

The niece of Emperor Naruhito visited the Herend Porcelain Manufacture and Museum, as well, and the Benedictine Abbey and Museum on the Balaton peninsula in Tihany. In the latter, the 24-year-old princess was welcomed by prior Jeromos Mihályi. After visiting the church, they walked to the mirador admiring the panorama of the Lake Balaton.

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Princess Kako in the Pannonhalma Archabbey. Photo: MTI/Krizsán Csaba

The princess met with Japanese individuals living in Hungary and decorated them for their role in improving the Japanese-Hungarian ties – said.

On Friday last week, she paid a courtesy call on Hungarian President János Áder to mark the 150th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Dressed in a kimono, Princess Kako smiled and shook hands with the president and his wife Anita Herczegh at the Hungarian Presidential Palace. She also attended a luncheon hosted by the couple.

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Princess Kako in Tihany. Photo: MTI/Máthé Zoltán

Earlier that day, the princess took in the view of the city landscape along the banks of the Danube River, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from an observation point on a hill. She also visited the Hungarian Parliament and said that she already learnt a lot about the country’s history. Before she arrived in Hungary, she paid a courtesy call on Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and attended a commemorative reception in Vienna. Her parents visited Austria and Hungary in 2009.

The princess also paid a visit to the Department of Japanese Studies at ELTE University of Budapest, where she met with students.

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Princes Kako at ELTE University. Photo: MTI/Máthé Zoltán

As we reported before, President János Áder and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán are also scheduled to pay visits to Japan this year.


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