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05/05/2010

President of European Council visited Hikone

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, who has been staying in Japan to attend a high-level talks between Japan and EU in Tokyo, visited Hikone Castle Museum on April 27. Van Rompuy is also well-known as a haiku (Japanese seventeen-syllable short poem) fan, and his favorite haiku poet is reportedly Matsuo Basho.

The President made a visitation to the museum with his attendants by bus after visiting Kyoto. Hikone Mayor Koyo Shishiyama and the city's mascot Hikonyan welcomed the party. Van Rompuy enjoyed seeing Matsuo's protege Morikawa Kyoroku's works such as scrolls and books. He then moved to Japanese-style garden Genkyuen and improvised his own haiku, tasting Japanese tea.

When asked about Hikone's impression, the EU top official commented that he was impressed with the beauty of nature and the garden.

(Yomiuri Shimbun, April 28, 2010)

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