Princess Mako visits Machu Picchu
NHK -- Jul 15
Japan's Princess Mako has visited the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru and a village that once had a Japanese immigrant as its chief.

Princess Mako is the eldest daughter of Crown Prince and Princess Akishino. She is on an official trip to Peru and Bolivia to mark the 120th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese immigrants to the countries.

The princess strolled Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage, for about two hours on Saturday, local time. The ruins are situated on a mountain at an altitude of about 2,400 meters.

Standing at the top of a platform overlooking the ruins, she said the place has something special that is difficult to describe with words.

The princess later visited the village of Machupicchu at the foot of the mountain. She was received by the village chief and other people.

Japanese immigrant Yokichi Nouchi served as village chief in 1948 after immigrating to Peru from Fukushima Prefecture.

Princess Mako was briefed on his contributions by his grandson, Cesar Yoshiro Nouchi, at the village office.

The princess will leave Peru on Sunday and travel to Bolivia.

ペルーを訪問されている秋篠宮ご夫妻の長女・眞子さまは、世界遺産のマチュピチュを視察されました。 眞子さまは13日、インカ帝国時代に建てられたとされるマチュピチュ遺跡を訪問されました。遺跡全体を見渡せる高台に立った眞子さまは「言葉にできない何かがありますね」と感想を述べられました。そして、自らカメラで写真を撮りながら2時間余り熱心に見て回られました。インカ帝国は16世紀に滅亡し、廃虚になっていたマチュピチュ遺跡は、日系1世の野内与吉さんが麓の村の村長を務めるなどして世界的な観光地になる礎を築きました。眞子さまはその村役場も訪れ、野内さんの功績についても説明を受けられました。
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