On the morning of June 14, 2013, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan arrived in Coria del Río, a municipality in the province of Sevilla, Spain, for a one-day visit.
Upon his arrival the crown prince was warmly welcomed by various officials as well as hundreds of locals who cheered and clapped for the future emperor. Soon, he planted a cherry tree next to the statue of the 17th century Samurai, Hasekura Tsunenaga. In 1614, Tsunenaga arrived in Coria del Río with his delegation and thus began Japanese and Spanish relations. Anyway, after planting the lovely tree the crown prince visited the Colegio Público Vicente Neria (it’s a primary school) where he met with teachers and students who sang various songs for the future emperor of Japan.
In the afternoon, the crown prince met with the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Mr. José Antonio Griñán, at Palacio de San Telmo. Once their meeting was over the crown prince arrived at the Archivo General de Indias to officially inaugurate the exhibition, De Japón a Roma, Buscando el Sol de la Cristiandad: La Embajada de Hasekura (1613-1620). The exhibition highlights the 400 years of bilateral relations between Japan and Spain.
Crown Prince Naruhito also visit the historic city of Sevilla where he toured the Alcázar de Sevilla, met the mayor of Sevilla, and took a fun boat ride on the Guadalquivir river.