Leaving a student demonstration behind him in Bonn, Emperor Hirohito of Japan today (Tuesday) boarded a steamer for a trip through historic Rhineland.
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STV Emperor out of car and watches dancers in B/G
SV Emperor welcomed by Rhineland officials
STV Crowd and police
LV Emperor and party board steamer
GV PAN Rhine and steamer watched by crowd
LV Patrol boat on river
LV Steamer with Hirohito and wife at window
RV Steamer up Rhine
GV Castles on bank
LV Hirohito and wife wave from top deck (2 shots)
GV Flag of Japan flying from Lorelei rock TILT DOWN TO steamer passing (3 shots)
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Background: 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.