Japan's Prince Akishino, Bulgaria President Open Thracian Treasures Exhibit

Politics | January 29, 2009, Thursday // 00:00
Bulgaria Japan's Prince Akishino Opens Thracian Treasures Exhibit in Tokyo: Japan's Prince Akishino, Bulgaria President Open Thracian Treasures Exhibit Bulgaria's First Lady Zorka Parvanova, President Parvanov, Prince and Princess Akishino (left to right) opened on Thursday in Tokyo an exhibit of Buglaria's Ancient Thrace treasures. Photo by National History Museum

The second in line to succeed the Japanese throne, Prince Akishino, opened Thursday in Tokyo an exhibition of Bulgaria's Thracian treasures.

The opening of the exhibit was the last event from the four-day visit of Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov to Japan.

Prince Akishino and President Parvanov are patrons of the "2009 - Year of Bulgaria in Japan" initiative. Prince Akishino is scheduled to visit Bulgaria between May 13 and May 16.

"We used to see the culture of Ancient Thrace is a rather one-sided way. It is in fact way more multi-level that we ever thought. ... It would be great if the Thracian heritage is presented together with all the other components of Bulgaria's culture such as the Medieval period", the renown Bulgarian archaeologist, Professor Nikolay Ovcharov said at the opening of the exhibition in Tokyo, as quoted by the Darik Radio.

Ovcharov also vowed to work for the realization of establishing sister city relations between Japan's Kyoto and Bulgaria's Veliko Turnovo - an idea put forth by President Parvanov on Wednesday during his visit to Kyoto.

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