ROYAL VISITJapanese Princess to Visit Corfu to Celebrate 125 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Princess Kako of Japan, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, is scheduled to embark on an official visit to the Ionian island of Corfu at the end of May, commemorating 125 years of diplomatic ties between Japan and Greece.

During her visit from May 29 to June 1, Princess Kako will explore Corfu’s cultural heritage, including a tour of the Museum of Asian Art at the Palace of St. Michael & George, renowned for its extensive collection of Sino-Japanese artifacts. Additionally, she will visit the Corfu Orphanage, highlighting the humanitarian aspect of her trip.

Princess Kako is the niece of Emperor Naruhito. | Credit: The Yomiuri Shimbun

Accompanied by a sizable delegation of Japanese officials and business representatives, Princess Kako’s visit serves as a testament to the strong bonds between Japan and Greece. It also aligns with the broader diplomatic endeavor of the 2024 Greece-Japan Year of Culture and Tourism, aiming to strengthen cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the two nations.

“The upcoming visit of Princess Kako underscores the enduring friendship and cultural exchange between Japan and Greece,” stated a spokesperson for the Japanese Embassy. “It symbolizes our commitment to further enhancing bilateral relations and fostering collaboration in various fields.”

Princess Kako’s itinerary reflects the shared values and mutual appreciation for cultural heritage between Japan and Greece. Her visit to Corfu serves as a poignant reminder of the longstanding diplomatic ties and the continuous efforts to deepen cultural cooperation between the two nations.


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