Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko paid a visit to Hoi An Ancient Town and the Japanese Culture Gallery in the central province of Quang Nam on Saturday afternoon, as part of their Vietnam trip, which is scheduled to wrap up on Monday next week.
Akishino and Kiko were taking a stroll along some streets along the ancient town at 5:15 pm on the day, drawing the attention of locals and tourists.
They also dropped by several shops on their way to learn about various local products.
|Japanese Crown Prince Akishino (C) and some officials from Quang Nam Province take a stroll along a street in Hoi An Ancient Town. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre|
The Japanese royals enjoyed some cultural programs such as a performance of Origami, the ancient Japanese art of folding paper, and a Japanese tea ceremony at the Japanese Culture Gallery at 6 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, close to the town's iconic Cau(Bridge) Pagoda.
After their sightseeing tour, they took part in a dinner reception hosted by the leadership of Quang Nam Province.
|Japanese Crown Princess Kiko (L) waves to locals in Hoi An Ancient Town. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre|
|Artisans in Japan’s traditional costume Kimono are pictured performing the Origami skills. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre|
The Japanese crown prince and crown princess were set to tour the My Son Sanctuary, a world cultural heritage site, in the province and meet with leaders of neighboring Da Nang City on Sunday.
A plane transporting Akishino, Kiko, and their entourage touched down at Da Nang International Airport on Saturday. They will engage in numerous activities in the city and Quang Nam Province in three days.
The Japanese crown prince and crown princess arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Wednesday afternoon, commencing their official visit to Vietnam.
Their visit is aimed at marking the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties.
This is the third time Akishino has visited Vietnam. His previous visits were made in 1999 and 2012.