October 25, 2019
100 Years of Japan-Czech Exchange
In January 2020, 100 years will have passed since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Japan. However, mutual contacts go back to a deeper history. The first Czech in Japan was Jesuit priest Karel Spinola in 1602, who was later canonized. The first Japanese to settle in Europe was Mitsuko Aoyama, who married a Czech nobleman Henry Coudenhove-Kalergi and lived in Domazlice Chateau in southern Bohemia. By the way, the Czech Republic is famous for the highest density of castles and chateaus per capita in the world. There are more than 2,000 of them.