Japan's Crown Prince To Visit France In September

Japan's Crown Prince to visit France in September

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito will make his first official visit to France next month to mark the 160th anniversary of bilateral ties.

The Imperial Household Agency says the Crown Prince will leave Tokyo on September 7th.

His first stop will be Lyon to see one of the world's largest silk textile museums, before moving to Paris to attend Japonismes 2018, a cultural event underway since July.

The Crown Prince is due to visit an exhibition of Japanese-style paintings, watch a kabuki performance and take part in a ceremony to light up the Eiffel Tower.

The 9-day trip will also take him to a facility for children with disabilities and a public school that teaches Japanese.

Both places were visited by his parents -- Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko -- in 1994.

The Imperial Household Agency says Crown Princess Masako will stay at home, as the long trip and other domestic events planned in September may be a burden on her health.