Japan's Princess Kako departs for Greece to mark 125-years of ties

Japan's Princess Kako has departed on a trip to Greece to mark 125 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries. She is the second daughter of Crown Prince and Princess Akishino.

The princess left Japan from Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Saturday. This is her third official overseas trip.

The two nations proclaimed 2024 the "Year of Culture and Tourism between Japan and Greece." Next month will also mark the 125th anniversary of establishing bilateral relations.

Princess Kako will attend a commemoration ceremony and welcome luncheon in the Greek capital of Athens. She will also pay a courtesy call on President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

She will visit the Parthenon in the Acropolis, a World Heritage site, and tour a nearby island monastery with murals that Japan helped restore.

Her itinerary also includes a trip to an island in the northwest near Italy and Albania, and attending a commemorative event at an art museum. The facility collects works from Japan and other Asian countries.

Princess Kako will return to Japan on June 1.