From 26th October to 28th October, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited Kumamoto prefecture mainly to attend the 33th National Convention for the Development of Abundantly Productive Sea held in Kumamoto city and Minamata city.
On 26th October, Their Majesties visited a National Laper House in Koshi city.
On 27th October, Their Majesties attended the ceremonies of the 33th National Convention for the Development of Abundantly Productive Sea in Minamata City.
Their Majesties visited the monument for the victims of Minamata disease, historical pollution-caused diseases occurred in 1950s.
Their Majesties also met the story tellers of Minamata disease at Minamata Disease Municipal Museum.
On 28th October, Their Majesties visited Kumamoto Castle in Kumatomo City.
Their Majesties met Kumamon, the popular mascot of Kumamoto prefecture.