Tuesday July 12 1921: Prince Hirohito arrived in Rome

1921 (Taisho 10) Tuesday, July 12 Prince Hirohito, who is visiting Europe, arrived in Rome, the capital of Italy, the third country after France and Belgium. The day before, the battleship Katori arrived in Naples on board the Crown Prince’s flight, and the morning train arrived at Termini Station in Rome. At the station, Vittorio Emanuele III, the emperor of Italy, greeted them. The crowd in the station square cheered. The Italian emperor and the Japanese crown prince took a carriage to Quirinale Palace for a luncheon. Many Roman citizens gathered in front of the palace and were greeted with great splendor. The photo shows Crown Prince Hirohito greeting citizens from the balcony of the palace. In the afternoon, they visited the ruins of Rome, including the Pantheon, and had a reception dinner from 8 PM.

Not only during this visit to Europe, but the daily activities of Crown Prince Hirohito, who later became Emperor Showa, are described in detail in “Showa Tenno Jitsuroku” published by Tokyo Shoseki. This is a huge volume of 61 books including catalogues, and it is hard to get all the volumes, but in fact, 1 volume is sold separately and the price is about 2,000 yen, so you can buy it normally if you select the season. I only have volumes 2 and 3 so far, so this article about his visit to Europe 100 years ago is volume 3. Please take a look if you are interested.

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