On Saturday, November 30, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan arrived in New Delhi, India to begin their six-day official tour. The purpose of the imperial visit is to strengthen bilateral and diplomatic ties between the Japan and India.
Upon their arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport Their Imperial Majesties were warmly welcomed by Prime Minister of India, Mr. Manmohan Singh, accompanied by his wife, Ms. Gursharan Kaur, as well as dozens of Indian government officials.
According to the newspaper, The Hindu, on Sunday Emperor Akihito will visit:
“…Lodhi Garden and Monday [he will attend] a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan followed by a visit to Raj Ghat.
The main event of the day will be the meeting with the President, the customary banquet followed by the farewell tête-à-tête. After spending another day in the capital, the Japanese imperial couple will leave for Chennai and depart for Japan from there on the night of December 5.”