Thursday, June 2, 1921: Crown Prince Hirohito ascended the Eiffel Tower

At 11 AM on Thursday, June 2, 1921 (Taisho 10), Crown Prince Hirohito, on a trip to Europe, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris and recited a eulogy. After meeting with Japanese residents in France, he ascended the Eiffel Tower at 3 PM under the guidance of Gustave Eiffel. At the observatory, Imperial Prince Hirohito was interested in souvenir photos and postcards, but none of the Imperial Prince and his attendants had any extra money with him. So Hachiro SAIONJI, an attendant and a reporter of ‘Jiji Shinpo,’ borrowed 2750 francs from Mr. Goto and bought souvenirs. Although the money was repaid before Imperial Prince Hirohito came back to Japan, Saionji made fun of Mr. Goto and said, ‘You have lost the opportunity to become the only man lending money to the Emperor.’.

At the same time, the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland, decided that Paris would host the eighth Olympics, which will be held 3 years later in 1924. News of joy was brought to Paris while Imperial Prince Hirohito was staying there. At the same time, it was decided to host the ninth Olympics in 1928, which was to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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