Business Delegation Day 2

October 12 was the final day of official visit and was just as activity packed as the other days.

The Crown Prince Couple started out at the Royal Danish Embassy, at the Residence of Ambassador Freddy Svane, to a combined Food and Lifestyle event. The Residence’s dining room had been filled with samples of Danish foods ranging from breakfast items to seafood, while the Embassy’s court yard had been transformed into a show room for Danish design brands. After enjoying some of the best Denmark has to offer in both the culinary and visual sections, the Crown Prince Couple took the time to greet the Embassy staff who had worked to arrange their visit.

TRH the Crown Prince Couple at the Danish Food event

Danish design showcase

TRH the Crown Prince Couple greeting Embassy staff

Following the events at the Embassy, the Crown Prince Couple visited an elementary school in Tokyo, which uses LEGO Education programming to teach the children. Here, both HRH the Crown Prince and HRH the Crown Princess got the chance to talk to and play with LEGO with the students, before joining them for lunch.

After the school visit, the Crown Prince Couple had separate programmes. HRH the Crown Prince, accompanied by Minister for Environment and Food Esben Lunde Larsen, visited food-producer Kewpie Corporation to inaugurate a new production line with equipment from the Danish company Sanovo Technology Group. HRH the Crown Prince then visited the National Center for Child Health and Development together with Minister for Health Ellen Trane Nørby. Here, the Danish Delegation visited the facility’s in-hospital school for long-term hospitalised children.

HRH the Crown Prince and Minister for Environment and Food Esben Lunde Larsen at Kewpie Corporation

HRH the Crown Prince and Minister for Health Ellen Trane Nørby at National Center for Child Health and Development

At the same time, HRH the Crown Princess visited four Danish design brands’ flag stores accompanied by Minister for Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen.

During the day, Ambassador Freddy Svane signed a MoC (Memorandum of Cooperation) with the Japanese Maritime Bureau on behalf of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The MoC will help Denmark and Japan form even stronger bonds in the maritime sector.

Ambassador Svane and Maritime Bureau chairman Gamou with MoC

The official visit by Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince Couple came to an end at Hotel Gajoen with two events – the Official Celebration of the 150 years Anniversary and a Grand Dinner for the Business Delegation.

Attending both events were Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince Couple of Japan, who were greeted at arrival to Hotel Gajoen by the Crown Prince Couple. The two Crown Prince Couples arrived together to the Official Celebration where they enjoyed jazz performances by Danish jazz band Sinne Egg Quartet and Danish-Japanese jazz band Makiko Hirabayashi Trio. Jazz has played a big part in the cultural exchange between Japan and Denmark this anniversary year and was a fitting way to celebrate it. Following speeches by HRH the Crown Prince, HIH the Crown Prince, Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono and Minister for Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen, the guests were treated to champagne and Danish kransekage.

TRH the Crown Prince Couple and TIH the Crown Prince Couple (Foto: Henning Bagger/Scanpix 2017)

The final event was the Grand Dinner for all the members of the Business Delegation, their contacts and customers, the Minister delegations and of course the two Crown Prince Couples. The 420 guests enjoyed a five course meal inspired by Danish cuisine and made from ingredients produced in Japanese cities with Danish sister cities. Makiko Hirabayashi Trio and Sinne Egg Quartet performed in-between the courses.

Sinne Egg performing at Grand Dinner

At the Royal Danish Embassy, we are very proud of all the hard work that went into the preparing and execution of the visit and of course even prouder of the great results that were achieved during the visit. We thank all partners for their cooperation and wish everyone a happy anniversary – what remains of it.