Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Belgian State Visit to Japan, Day Three

The Belgian State Visit to Japan reached Yuki on day three
(photo MonarchieBe Twitter)

As the Belgian State Visit to Japan reached day three, it was time to leave Tokyo and go travelling. The King and Queen of the Belgians had a focus on tourism for this part of their visit and they made like tourists themselves and hopped on the train to start day three.

Before they even got to the station, Mathilde and Philippe had had a busy morning. The King of the Belgians had met Japanese sporting organisations to discuss better co-operation between the two countries in this area.

Queen Mathilde gives a speech at the Welcome to Belgium seminar
(photo MonarchieBe Twitter)

Mathilde headed to a seminar on tourism where she gave a keynote speech. The event, called Welcome to Belgium, was designed to support the country as a holiday destination.

Then it was time for a bit of tourism themelves.  In the company of the Emperor and Empress of Japan, Philippe and Mathilde took the train in a country famous for its railways innovations. Their destination was Yuki.

There, they were given a demonstration of traditional Japanese arts and crafts with Mathilde seeming particularly keen to join in. 

King Philippe went on to a business seminar which also involved leading figures from the world of education.

The day ended at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo where the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, hosted a dinner in honour of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

The Belgian King gave a speech in which he talked about the importance of economic ties between his country and Japan. Day four will include more business talk as the royal couple have a day of engagements linked to the car industry and exports. And day four will start as day three continued - with the King and the Queen of the Belgians taking the train.

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