King of Bhutan visited Japan.

Bhutanese king seeks stronger ties with Japan, consoles earthquake victims.

Flags of Bhutan and Japan posted on Tokyo Streets.

The royal couple from Bhutan and the chief priest of Kinkakuji Temple ( Golden Pavilion ) in Kyoto

King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck visited Japan as a state guest with Queen Jetsun Pema, also offered
condolences to the victims and survivors of the March 11-earthquake and tsunami, and stressed that
Bhutanese people stand with you. He talked with pupils and encouraged, saying, "to grow a dragon."
Earlier in the day, the king received an honorary doctorate from the prestigious Keio University in Tokyo.
At the award ceremony, he called for global unity transcending national borders and race to tackle issues
such as poverty, and urged students to find courage to overcome various challenges in life.

The royal couple arrived in Tokyo on November 15, and visited disaster-struck Fukushima Prefecture, and
the ancient capital of Kyoto. The couple, 31-year-old king and 21-year-old queen, were just married one
month prior to this visit to Japan. They left from Kansai Airport on November 20 for Bhutan.

In March, all people in Bhutan prayed devoutly for victims and survivors of the disaster of earthquake and tsunami, attacked East Japan.
The royal couple arrived at Fukushima railway station by Shinkansen train.

The king accompanied Bhutanese Budda priests to Fukushima destroyed by the earthquake.
The royal couple got a warm reception from the sufferers.

(L) Bhutanese king consoled and cheered up earthquake victims in Fukushima.
(R) Bhutanese king and queen visited 'Kinkakuji' temple in autumn color, and was very much impressed by its beauty.

All people who watched this TV scene surprised to see the king opened his umbrella to avoid the chief priest to get wet.
We are so impressed the king's thoughtfulness.
The king talked to the priest, at any time, there is war in somewhere in the world. He hopes we could stop it, by using the Buddist power.
Source: NHK broadcast and TV Asahi, November 18-19, 2011

The king received an honorary doctorate from the prestigious Keio Gijuku University in Tokyo.
In the speech, the king talked to university students, 'our generation is asked to reconsider the meaning
of what is the real social growth, so that we can accomplish the sustainable development if we do so.

(L) Royal couple in Japanese traditional dress in Kyoto
(R) The crown prince and Bhutan royal couple at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo
The Crown Prince read a message from the Emperor saying that Japan has much to learn from Bhutan's gross national happiness,
an indicator for quality of life. The Emperor also showed hopes that the friendship between the two countries will develop further
from the Bhutanese royal couple's visit to Japan.
Source: NHK on-line broadcast November 17-19, 2011
The writer, Dr. J. Miyamoto is a graduate from Keio Gijuku University.

Bhutan had its very own royal wedding on Oct 13, 2011, as the "Dragon King" married an educated commoner 10 years his junior.
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and his new bride, Queen Jetsun Pema, were joined by thousands of royal enthusiasts, as
the ceremony took place at a Himalayan monastic fortress.
Picture source: NHK TV broadcast, October15,2011

Picture source: NHK TV broadcast, July 12, 2021

The 300g medical device, which detect uterine contraction and fetal heartbeat and transmit data to send to working obstetrician,
is used by Queen Jetsun Pem of the Bhutanese royal family during her pregnancy of her second child. A device was first used in
Bhutan in 2020. It was recommended by a Japanese doctor, and now; 55 devices were distributed all over the country.

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