On Monday, June 10, 2013, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan accompanied by his delegation arrived at the Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas to begin his seven-day official visit to Spain.  The purpose of the crown prince’s visit is to celebrate the 400th anniversary of bilateral relations and exchanges between Japan and Spain since a mission was dispatched by the Japanese feudal lord, Date Masamune, to Spain in 1613.

After landing at the airport, the crown prince was driven to Palacio Real de El Pardo in Madrid where His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias warmly welcomed the future emperor to Spain.  After an official welcoming ceremony and the inspection of the guards His Imperial Highness and Prince Felipe held a private meeting.

This morning, Crown Prince Naruhito and Prince Felipe attended the first meeting of the Comité Bilateral de Cooperación Empresarial Hispano Japonés held at the Real Casa de la Mondeda in Madrid.

In the afternoon, Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias and Her Royal Highness Infanta Elena of Spain hosted a luncheon at  Palacio de la Zarzuela for His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito and his delegation.

FleaandNaruhitoOnce lunch was over the crown prince and prince attended the inauguration of the exhibition, Sin Perder Contra la Lluvia: Una Visión de la Reconstrucción Tras el Tsunami de Japón, held at the Centro Cultural Conde Duque in Madrid.  The exhibition shows photos as well as documents displaying the devastation brought on by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that devastated the prefectures of Miyagi and Fukushima located in northeastern Japan.  A highlight of the exhibit are photos of “…the heros of Fukishima…” by Japanese photojournalist, Mr. Kazuma Obara.

In the evening, the crown prince accompanied by the prince and princess arrived at the Teatro Real in Madrid to attend a concert in celebration of the year of Japanese and Spanish relations.

During tonight’s concert Crown Prince Naruhito and Their Royal Highnesses along with hundreds of guests watch Japanese flamenco dancer, Mr. Shoji Kojima accompanied by Spanish flamenco singer, Mr. Miguel Poveda.  They also listed to music composed by famed Japanese pianist, Ms. Mine Kawakami.