During her six-day official visit to Hungary, Japanese Princess Kako was a guest at the Herend Porcelain Manufactory on Sunday.
The 24-year-old princess, Crown Prince Akishino’s second-born child and niece of Emperor Naruhito, who took the throne in May, visited Hungary on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Hungarian-Japanese diplomatic relations.
Herend porcelain, known for its sophisticated patterns, is especially popular with Japanese people, renowned for their sense of beauty.
For over 30 years, champions of the Japanese national sport sumo have received a Herend trophy for their outstanding performance, and winners of the other Japanese-born sport judo have also been rewarded with Herend prizes.
Princess Kako was received and guided through the showroom and the Porcelanium Visitor Centre by the CEO of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory, Dr. Attila Simon. They looked at all the stages of porcelain making, from the throwing to the final brush stroke. The princess was fascinated to watch the birth of Herend porcelain, which was borne out by the fact that she tried porcelain painting herself.