Bonsai Exhibit – Dual Year Spain – Japan 2013-2014

Dic 22, 2014

Spain and Japan are doubly celebrating the year of Spain in Japan and the year of Japan in Spain to mark the 400th anniversary of the sending of the Keichô Embassy to Europe—the first Japanese diplomatic mission to Spain, which departed from Ishinomaki in October 1613. The mission arrived in Spain in October 1614 after crossing the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Hasekura Tsunenaga later travelled to Madrid and was granted audience by King Philip III in January 1615. Hasekura was baptised in Madrid and visited Pope Paul V in Rome. After remaining for a time in Coria del Río, Seville, he returned to Japan in 1620. His trip lasted seven years. Thus, the Keichô Embassy is considered the first official diplomatic mission sent to Spain by Japan and has gone down in history as an important event in bilateral Spain-Japan relations.


To commemorate this 400th anniversary, a variety of activities have been carried out, not only cultural, but also related to politics, economy, science and technology, tourism and education. All of these activities involve the Spanish and Japanese governments, local public agencies, private companies, various groups as well as individuals.
And thus, Luis Vallejo, has joined these celebrations with a unique Bonsai Exhibit, from the 5th to the 31st of December 2014, that will mainly include Luis Vallejo’s private collection, together with master pieces from other renowned Spanish experts. This exhibit will form part of the closing events for the Dual Year Spain- Japan and will kick off with the VII National Bonsai Competition MBA 2014 from the 5th to the 8th of December 2014. All of the activities and program will be posted on the Web