Earlier this month, Japan’s Emperor Akihito together with the Empress Michiko paid their respects to the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, who recently passed away. This is before going back to Japan after their one week trip in which they also visited Vietnam.
Prior to their visit in Thailand, the Imperial couple was able to spend time in Vietnam where they visited historical palace that belonged to the Nguyen dynasty as well as sites that is ones known to be controlled by a resistance leader in the French colonial period.
The couple was able to witness an almost extinct performance referred to as Nha Nhac music since the fall of the Nguyen Dynasty back in 1945.
Once their trip in Vietnam was over, the Emperor and Empress went to Thailand thereafter. It is known that the royal family has very close ties with the Imperial Family which have been maintained in tradition.
The Imperial Couple visited the national palace located in Bangkok where there is a dedicated altar for the late King Bhumibol. They offered flowers as well as sign the condolence book found there. The King passed away last October and the Imperial Couple’s friendship with him lasted for over five decades.
There is also a scheduled meeting where the Imperial couple will be able to meet with the new King, Maha Vajiralongkorn.
It was remembered in 1963 when the late King Bhumibol went to Japan for a visit where he met Emperor Hirohito, the father of the current Emperor and also more popularly referred to as Emperor Showa. The year after the visit, the crown prince together with the crown princess, now the Emperor and Empress, went to visit Thailand.
After the enthronement of the current Emperor, he and the Empress Michicko went back to Thailand in 1991 as part of their first trip overseas. Once again in 2006, they went back to Thailand for a ceremony held in Bangkok as celebration of the accession of the kind which is on its 60th year.
Tourists who are interested in visiting Thailand should stay in Bangkok hotel near Embassy for a more convenient trip.