Prince Naruhito fascinated by exhibits at National Museum in KL

FERNANDO FONG


KUALA LUMPUR: Crown Prince Naruhito visited the National Museum here on the fourth day of his official visit to the country.

During the one-hour session, the Crown Prince visited three different galleries at the museum – The Malay Kingdoms, The Colonial Era and Malaysia Today.

He was accompanied by Japan's ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Makio Miyagawa, Museums Department director-general Datuk Kamarul Baharin A. Kasim, and Tourism Malaysia Deputy Director-General Datuk Ab. Ghaffar A. Tambi.

Also in attendance was Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, the second son of the reigning Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan.

During the tour, the Crown Prince was guided by Yukio Ikeda, a volunteer guide at the National Museum.

Ikeda, a Japanese residing in Kuala Lumpur, said the 57-year-old Crown Prince enjoyed his visit.

“The Crown Prince was happy to learn more about the colourful history of Malaysia, particularly the Malacca Sultanate era,” she told reporters.

The media - Japanese journalists in particular – were impressed by Prince Naruhito, who appeared resplendent in a green batik shirt.

The maiden visit of Prince Naruhito, who is first in line to the Chrysanthemum throne, has been the highlight of the 60th anniversary of Malaysia’s and Japan’s diplomatic relations.

The Crown Prince, who is the eldest son of Emperor Akihito, is scheduled to attend a contest at the Japan Club Kuala Lumpur, later today.

Next on his itinerary, the Crown Prince will meet with a group of Malaysians of Japanese descent.

Prince Naruhito will conclude the day with a courtesy call on the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and attend a royal banquet at Istana Negara this evening.