Princess Mako Attends Immigrants' Event In Lima

Princess Mako attends immigrants' event in Lima

Japan's Princess Mako has attended a ceremony in Peru's capital Lima to mark the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the country.

Japanese immigration to Peru began in 1899, when a group of 790 men moved there. The country is now said to have about 100,000 Japanese-Peruvians. That's the world's third largest group of people of Japanese ancestry.

Princess Mako is the eldest daughter of Crown Prince and Princess Akishino. During her official visit to Peru, she took part in the commemoration ceremony on Wednesday.

Some 500 people of Japanese descent stood and clapped as the princess appeared, dressed in a kimono.

In a speech, the princess paid tribute to the efforts of the immigrants and their descendants who've helped bring the two countries closer.

She also expressed hope that the history they've built will be passed on to future generations.

Earlier, the princess met with four first-generation Japanese-Peruvian women. The women, who are all around 100 years old, endured much hardship since they moved to Peru before World War Two.

The princess took each woman's hand and exchanged words with them.