Hungary’s prime minister and foreign minister attended the opening of the cultural events marking 150 years of Hungarian-Japanese diplomatic relations on Thursday.
The joint exhibition of the National Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts brings to Japan works of art previously never seen in the country, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said, adding that “there more things that link the two peoples than things separating them.” He also expressed his thanks to Suzuki Motor Corp. President Osamu Suzuki, who was instrumental in making the exhibition a reality.
László Baán, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, said that the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1869, which was the beginning of one of the longest periods of advancements and prosperity in Hungarian history.
Orbán even posted a timelapse video of dawn in Tokyo with the comment “Sunrise in the land of the rising sun” on his Facebook page.
Title image: Prime minister Viktor Orbán opening the exhibition marking 150 years of Hungarian-Japanese diplomatic relations. (MTI/Szilárd Koszticsák)