Leaving a student demonstration behind him in Bonn, Emperor Hirohito of Japan today (Tuesday) boarded a steamer for a trip through historic Rhineland.
Leaving a student demonstration behind him in Bonn, Emperor Hirohito of Japan today (Tuesday) boarded a steamer for a trip through historic Rhineland. The excursion, made at the Emperor's own request, was along one of the most scenic stretches of the river to Koblenz. It included the famous defile past the Lorelei Rock -- legendary haunt of river sirens but today decorated by a giant Japanese flag.
SYNOPSIS: At his own request, Emperor Hirohito of Japan on Tuesday continued his West German tour with a trip along the Rhine. The Prime Minister of Rhineland- Palatinate State, Helmut Kohl, led the reception, and was later to hand over a hundred bottles of famous Rhineland wine. The river trip itself was to be through the heart of this historic wins-growing region -- a land of terraced vineyards and castles. But local officials were worried. The Rhine is currently at its lowest level for the year. And the Emperor, a keen marine biologist, was expected to notice the heavy pollution of the river.
Nevertheless, the Emperor with Empress Nagako seemed pleased with the warm reception they received along the route.
The Lorelei Rock, legendary haunt of river sirens was decorated with a Japanese flag for the occasion. But the Emperor had left behind him in Bonn a renewed outbreak of anti-Japanese feeling A Student demonstration was broken up by police water cannon.