King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians get all arty on day five of their State Visit to Japan
After calling Tokyo home for the best part of four days, the King and Queen of the Belgians bade the Japanese capital farewell and headed off to Osaka as their State Visit to the country continued. This latest part of their tour included more business. more culture and a chance to hear about the educational ties between the two countries. Welcome to the Belgian State Visit to Japan, day five.
Philippe and Mathilde arrive in Osaka
(photo MonarchieBe Twitter)
After two days of taking the train, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde hopped on board the Belgian Air Force plane that had brought them to Japan to take the short flight between Tokyo and Osaka.
#BELJAP2016 Luncheon with representatives of the Japanese chemical industry in #Osaka:promoting investment in Belgium pic.twitter.com/NLE5kbBnaw— Belgian Royal Palace (@MonarchieBe) October 14, 2016
The King of the Belgians went straight to a lunch meeting with representatives of the chemistry sector where there were discussions about promoting investment in Belgium.
Mathilde visited Kobe University where links between the two countries were again the focus - the Queen of the Belgians heard about collaboration between her hosts for the afternoon and educational establishments in Belgium.
Then it was time for a bit of culture. The royal couple visited the Otsuki Noh Theatre in Osaka to meet Mishima Gentaro, the Noh drummer who is celebrated throughout Japan. Philippe and Mathilde were treated to a performance before posing for photos. And then it was time for the King and Queen of the Belgians to take their final bow as their State Visit to Japan came to an end.