EXCLUSIVE: Japanese billionaire says 'it was money well spent!' after 'hiring' Italian city of Palermo for his four-day birthday weekend with 1,400 guests he'd paid to fly in from halfway round the world

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A Japanese billionaire who splashed retired £300,000 to 'hire' an Italian metropolis for a 4 time day play has told MailOnline 'it was money good spent'.

Kaoru Nakajima turns 73 connected Sunday and has paid for 1,400 friends and labor to alert half measurement astir nan world for nan party.

He has artifact booked rooms astatine hotels crossed nan metropolis of Palermo connected nan land of Sicily and hired 2 theatres for a gala meal and concert.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline aft attending a brunch astatine nan magnificent 300-year-old Villa Niscemi connected nan outskirts of Palermo he said: 'Coming present is simply a dream travel existent for me.

'I person ever wanted to travel to Palermo and person publication a batch astir nan city. It is simply a awesome place, afloat of art, history and civilization and I person wanted to travel present for years.

Japanese billionaire Kaoru Nakajima (pictured) turns 73 connected Sunday and has paid for 1,400 friends and labor to alert half measurement astir nan world for nan party

He has artifact booked rooms astatine hotels crossed nan metropolis of Palermo connected nan land of Sicily and hired 2 theatres for a gala meal and concert. Pictured: Guests get astatine Palermo  

Kaoru Nakajima told MailOnline 'it was money good spent'. Pictured: Japanese guests proceed to get astatine Palermo

'I americium only present for a fewer days but nan upwind is awesome and I dream that my guests person a awesome clip here.'

Dressed successful a prince of Wales cheque suit Mr Nakajima leaned heavy connected a stepping instrumentality arsenic he near nan brunch accompanied by his staff.

Palermo Mayor Roberto Lagalla had thrown nan arena arsenic a convey you to nan tycoon, whose guests are expected to walk thousands of pounds successful nan city's restaurants and shops.

Officials confirmed nan Japanese businessman had paid €14,000 to prosecute nan Politeama theatre for nan weekend.

But they refused to corroborate a reported €100,000 interest for nan Teatro Massimo, wherever a performance is owed to beryllium held connected Sunday by opera fable Andrea Bocelli's son, Matteo.

On nan paper for brunch were accepted Sicilian specialities including oversea urchins, gnocchi pinch Chianina steak meatballs, each accompanied by Sicilian wines,

Mr Lagalla told MailOnline: 'I had nan pleasance of receiving nan Japanese entrepreneur Kaoru Nakajima astatine Villa Niscemi, connected a backstage visit.

'It was a very cordial gathering afloat of exchanges of opinions connected Italy and Japan, but we talked supra each astir Palermo and, arsenic mayor, I americium very satisfied to person seen really overmuch nan entrepreneur and nan galore guests liked nan city.

'The past fewer days Japanese group who are visiting nan streets of nan superior has said really overmuch they appreciated nan friends hospitality of nan group of Palermo.'

Dressed successful a prince of Wales cheque suit Mr Nakajima leaned heavy connected a stepping instrumentality arsenic he near nan brunch accompanied by his staff

Japanese magnate Kaoru Nakajima, who is successful Palermo for his day was invited to luncheon by nan politician (L)

Kaoru Nakajima, pictured, has artifact booked nan finest hotels successful Palermo, connected nan land of Sicily, arsenic good arsenic 2 theatres for a gala performance and meal connected Sunday for nan four-day event

Excited guests were flown business people from Japan by Mr Nakajima. They were pictured excitedly posing for selfies arsenic they made their measurement to Palermo connected connecting flights.

As he posed connected nan tarmac pinch pals, 1 impermanent Naohiko Takagi, told MailOnline: 'We person been looking guardant to this arena for days.

'Mr Nakajima is simply a very generous leader and he has paid for much than 1,000 labor to travel to Sicily to observe his 73rd day connected Sunday.

'I've ne'er been present earlier and we dream to spot tons of nan metropolis and surrounding area – we are truthful excited.'

Others gave thumbs up arsenic they stood by stairs taking them to nan level and made video calls to pals backmost successful Japan.

Mr Nakajima, made his luck aft trading his liking successful multi-level trading patient AmWay, and past starting up his ain MLM companies.

AmWay (American Way) sells family and beauty products and convinces customers to go paid distributors of nan products.

Mr Nakajima was 1 of nan company's champion sellers erstwhile he worked for them and successful nan 1990s he made AmWay history by doubling nan income of his group of 750,000 distributors.

At 1 constituent he was reportedly brining successful 40% of nan firm's business successful Japan and 12% of nan company's world revenue.

The begetter of 3 has hired retired Palermo's oldest and astir iconic landmarks including opera houses, theatres and hotels.

The Rocco Forte Villa Igiea and nan Grand Hotel et des Palmes, some connected nan oversea beforehand person been booked retired – pinch rooms costing from £600 up to £3,000 a nighttime for a oversea facing suite.

On Friday Mr Nakahimi, pictured, and his statement took successful a sight-seeing travel astir Palermo and he stopped disconnected for luncheon astatine Osteria Ballaro

Many arrivals took selfies arsenic soon arsenic they touched down successful Palermo earlier heading to nan party

Mr Nakajima is said to person picked Palermo arsenic nan venue aft being told astir it by Andrea Bocelli, who is simply a friend of his and besides a patient favourite pinch nan British royal family.

Delighted edifice owners and different section businesses are rubbing their hands astatine nan imaginable of hundreds of visitors spending money successful what is usually a dormant clip of year.

Celebrations kicked disconnected connected Thursday pinch a capacity of Don Giovanni wherever Mr Nakajima sat successful nan royal container astatine nan Teatro Massimo.

On Friday he and his statement took successful a sight-seeing travel astir Palermo and he stopped disconnected for luncheon astatine Osteria Ballaro.

Mr Nakajima, accompanied by his adjunct Maso Katano, and different members of his entourage, was dressed successful an Italian shot squad tracksuit.

Mr Nakajima is said to person picked Palermo arsenic nan venue aft being told astir it by Andrea, who is simply a friend of his and besides a patient favourite pinch nan British royal family

On its Facebook page nan edifice Osteria Ballaro said: 'We had nan awesome honour of hosting Kaoru Nakajima, who chose Palermo for an arena that highlights our city'

On its Facebook page nan edifice said: 'We had nan awesome honour of hosting Kaoru Nakajima, who chose Palermo for an arena that highlights our city.

'He complimented america connected our cooking and work and we talented him immoderate section pastries and cakes from our chef.

'A lukewarm invited to him and each his guests – Palermo is simply a hospitable city.'

So acold location has been nary motion of his woman opera vocalist Atsuko Kakioka – who is besides fond of Italy and performed successful theatres crossed nan country.


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