The Nation: Hirohito Winds Up His Grand U.S. Tour

Like some other imperial visitors before them, including Ethiopia's late Emperor Haile Selassie and the Shah of Iran, Japan's Emperor Hirohito and his wife Empress Nagako last week paid a call at that West Coast U.S. shrine, Disneyland. During their 90-minute visit at the vast fantasy park outside Los Angeles, the imperial couple chatted with a king-sized Mickey Mouse and watched a Bicentennial parade. What interested the Emperor most? Disneyland's diorama of primeval life in the Grand Canyon, depicting a variety of prehistoric animals—all of which seemed far more familiar to Hirohito, an avid natural scientist, than Disney's creations.

Disneyland was only...

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