Japan's Princess Sayako toursCroatia
AP World Politics
Japan's Princess Sayako tours Croatia's capital
Mon Oct 14, 7:05 AM ET
By EUGENE BRCIC, Associated Press Writer
ZAGREB, Croatia - Japan's Princess Sayako kicked off a four-day visit to Croatia on Monday with a tour of the capital's historic old town.
The 33-year-old princess, also known by the title Norinomiya, is the first Japanese royal to visit Croatia since it became independent from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.
Wearing a robin's egg blue dress under a dark knee-length overcoat in the morning fog, Sayako admired St. Marko's Church, which lies between the government and parliament building in the upper town. She then visited the newly renovated Baroque-style St. Catherine's Chapel.
Sayako, the youngest child of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, then viewed the city's crowning landmark — St. Stephen's gothic Cathedral, with its rising twin spires.
She also exchanged modest smiles with locals and examined the quality of fruit and vegetables on sale at the old city's open market.
Sayako has described her current trip as an opportunity to indulge her musical and cultural interests and "promote exchanges and deepen the understanding between our countries."
The princess was also scheduled Monday to attend a luncheon with Croatian President Stipe Mesic, visit a downtown high school and a meet with a handful of Japanese residents in Zagreb. In the evening, she was to attend the opera "Carmen" in the National Theater.
Sayako, who is accompanied by diplomats, members of the imperial household and cultural figures, was scheduled to fly Tuesday to the ancient city of Dubrovnik, a popular tourist destination.
On Thursday, she is to visit the national park of Plitvice in central Croatia, which is dotted by natural springs and waterfalls within lush forests. It is to be the last stop of a 13-day trip which has also included visits to Romania and Italy.
Under Japan's postwar constitution, the royal family has no official political power and acts in a largely symbolic role. Members of the royal family frequently travel abroad to bolster international relations.
Osječki HNK gostovao u Zagrebus operom Carmen
Opera Hrvatskog narodnog kazališta iz Osijeka gostovala je u ponedjeljakna večer na sceni zagrebačkog Hrvatskog narodnog kazališta spredstavom Carmen Georgesa Bizeta, u režiji Petra Selema i pod dirigentskimvodstvom Zorana Juranića.
U naslovnoj ulozi nastupila je mlada mezosopranistica Martina Tomčić,a ostale uloge tumačili su Tomislav Bekić, Sanja Toth - Špišić,Berislav Puškarić, Slobodan Cvjetičanin, Krunoslav Tuma, NenadTudaković, Vesna Baljak i Ljiljana Čokljat.
Scenograf predstave je Marin Gozze, a kostimografkinja je Dora Argento.Premijera Bizetove Carmen u osječkom HNK održana je u studenom 2001.godine.
U prepunom gledalištu bili su i predsjednik Hrvatskog sabora Zlatko Tomčićsa suprugom i japanska princeza Sayako, kojaje došla u posjet Hrvatskoj.