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Crown Princess Kiko held a speech at the Health Professional Meeting in Tokyo today, June 13:


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Crown Prince Akishino visited Shiga Prefecture June 13-14. He visited traditional craft workshop for Hikone Butsudan (Buddhist altars), a signature product of Shiga. Later, he attended the 44th All Japan Gourd exhibition; the prince is Honorary Patron of Association for All Nippon Gourd Fanciers. He visited a childcare facility on the 14th before returning to Tokyo.

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Crown Princess Kiko will visit Ishikawa Prefecture July 10-11 for the 55th Blood Donation Promotion National Convention held in the prefectural music hall in Kanazawa.

July 10: arrive at Komatsu Airport, receive briefing from governor at Hotel Binario Komatsu Centre, visit Kutani ceramics training center in Nomi, visit the prefectural cultural asset preservation and restoration studio in Kanazawa, stay at ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kanazawa
July 11: visit Red Cross blood center, attend Blood Donation Promotion National Convention, return to Tokyo via Shinkansen

The blood donation promotion national convention was one of Emperor Naruhito's annual duties as crown prince (accompanied by Masako when able) and has been transferred to Crown Princess Kiko.

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On June 21st, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko attended a press conference ahead of their official visit to Poland and Finland at Akasaka East residence.

The press asked about Princess Mako and Kei Komuro. Crown Prince Akishino said "I haven't heard from my daughter, so I don't know how she's thinking about what it's like now."

fnn.jp video: The couple were also asked whether Komuro has acted on Prince Akishino's message from his birthday press conference in November 2018. Crown Prince Akishino replied "as to whether or not [he] has taken a corresponding action, I think it is probably something [he] is doing, but I do not know what specific things about that."

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[...] The crown prince and his wife will stay in Poland through July 2 and travel to Finland before returning on July 6. They are scheduled to meet with the presidents of both countries and attend various commemorative events.

"I look forward to deepening exchanges with the people of the countries I am visiting," the crown prince said.

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Old 06-25-2019, 11:24 AM
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Press release from the Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan to visit Finland

Press release 19/2019
25 June 2019

Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko of Japan will visit Finland on 2–5 July 2019. President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö and Mrs Jenni Haukio will welcome Their Highnesses on 3 July at the President’s summer residence Kultaranta. The visit marks 100 years of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan.
During their four-day visit, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess will explore Finnish culture, landmarks, nature and healthcare. On Tuesday, their programme includes visits at the National Museum of Finland, Ateneum Art Museum as well as Helsinki Cathedral. On Wednesday, in addition to the Kultaranta visit, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess will lay wreath at Hietaniemi Cemetery and visit the city of Turku, where they will tour Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral.
On Thursday, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess will visit the National Archives of Finland to view documents of early diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan. The Crown Prince is also scheduled to visit the Fallkulla Domestic Animal Farm, while the Crown Princess will visit New Children’s Hospital and the Oodi Central Library. In the afternoon, Their Imperial Highnesses will learn about Finland’s maternity and child healthcare services at the Iso Omena maternity clinic as well as visit the Fiskars Village.
Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s programme during the last day will include visits at Seurasaari Island and Ainola, the home of Aino and Jean Sibelius.
Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan to visit Finland - Presidentti
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On June 25th, Crown Prince Akishino attended the "21st Japan Water Prize - 2019 Japan Stockholm Junior Water Prize" award ceremony at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (known as Miraikan). He has been Honorary President of Japan Water Prize Committee since 2005.

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Later on the 25th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko greeted Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at Akasaka Imperial Palace before leaving for Poland and Finland. [Sankei]
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On June 27th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko departed for their official visit to Poland and Finland from Haneda airport. The send-off ceremony at Akasaka East residence included the Polish and Finnish ambassadors to Japan.

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On June 27th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko arrived at the guest house in Warsaw, Poland.

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Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko were welcomed by the President of Poland Andrzej Duda and his wife with an official welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw today, June 28:



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Also on June 28: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, luncheon, Royal Castle in Warsaw, reception with University of Warsaw students studying Japanese, and Noh performance

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Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko on their second day in Poland today, June 29:



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More photos from Kraków today https://krakow.onet.pl/japonska-para...25f2xx#slajd-1

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Here are some first photos of day 3 in Poland today, June 30:


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Later on June 30th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko visited Lazienki Park and attended a piano concert at the Royal Palace Theater.

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Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko finished their visit to Poland with a series of events in Warsaw on July 1st: tree planting at the Polish Academy of Sciences Powsin Botanical Garden, Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology, Hala Mirowska, farm of Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Multimedia Library for Children and Youth, and reception at the Japanese ambassador's residence.

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CP Kiko is adjusting really well on her new role. Lovely to see the Crown Princely couple outside of Japan.
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Crown prince Akishino and crown princess Kiko arrived to Finland, to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. They will today visit the National Museum of Finland, Ateneum Art Museum as well as Helsinki Cathedral.
Japanin kruununprinssi Akishino, 53, ja kruununprinsessa Kiko, 52, saapuivat Helsinki-Vantaan lentoasemalle - Viihde - Ilta-Sanomat

They will visit the National Museum at 14.50. The visit to the National Museum will be shown live at this website.
Suora lähetys kello 14.50_ Japanin kruununprinssipari tutustuu Kansallismuseoon! - Kuninkaalliset - Ilta-Sanomat
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Some more photos from Finland today can be found here:


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Video of the visit to the National Museum
Crown prince Akishino and crown princess Kiko were presented Akseli Gallén-Kallela's fresco "The Defence of the Sampo" from Kalevala at the Museum's ceiling, and told about the Kalevala mythology. Kalevala is a 19th-century work of epic poetry compiled by Elias Lönnrot from Karelian and Finnish oral folklore and mythology. It is regarded as the national epic of Karelia and Finland and is one of the most significant works of Finnish literature.
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The couple was also introduced to the maternity package and its history. The package presented to the couple dates back to 1993 and includes clothing and medical supplies.
The Maternity package is a kit granted by the Finnish social security institution Kela, to all expectant or adoptive parents who live in Finland or are covered by the Finnish social security system. The package contains children's clothes and other necessary items, such as nappies, bedding, cloth, gauze towels and child-care products. It was first issued in 1938 to parents with a low income. Since 1949 it has been given to all mothers-to-be.
The contents of the maternity package were of particular interest to Princess Kiko, who asked curiously about the various items found in the package and their intended use.
Of particular interest in the world has been the fact that many Finnish babies are sleeping their first months in the maternity box. Princess Kiko was also interested about this. She was surprised.
- Really? The princess was amazed.
Suomalainen erikoisuus häkellytti Japanin kruununprinssiparin – prinsessa Kiko henkäisi hämmästyksestä_ ”Todellako_” - Viihde - Ilta-Sanomat

Suomessa vieraileva Japanin kruununprinssi kohauttaa kotimaansa konservatiivisia piirejä – pani jo 90-luvulla kalafestarit Clintonin edelle _ Yle Uutiset _ yle.fi

Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko of Japan Arrive in Finland – Will Explore the Country Till Friday _ Finland Today

The couple doesn't give interviews during their visit in Finland.
A short clip of their visit was shown at our main News some minutes ago. A few people were waiting for them in front of the National Museum. The media has told that since the schedule of the couple's visit isn't public, there won't be much people at the places to see them.

After the visit to the National Museum Akishino and Kiko visited Ateneum Art Museum, photo at Ateneum's Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/AteneumArtM...type=3&theater

A group of japanese saw the crown princess of their country for the first time - from all places in Finland.
A group arriving from Japan, Chiba University to Helsinki toured the city on Tuesday until they had to rub their eyes at the Cathedral.
- A car went by and our crown princess waved from there, Taishi Masumitsu is astonished.
Masumitsu is traveling to the University of Riga for a conference with her study mates Taiga Mikam, Yuanyuan Hen and Professor Yoko Mizokam.
A couple of days of stopping in Helsinki offered the opportunity to see the crown prince couple for the first time.
- They're always speaking at the New Year in Tokyo, but we've only seen it on television. Besides, there is always a huge number of people here, so they can only be seen from very far away, Mizokami says.
- I read the news that they are here, but I still didn't think I could see them.
Seeing the royals was fun and it became a good Instagram video for friends, but it didn't cause any bigger feelings at the university group.
- The imperial family doesn't interest me, or other young people, Mikami says.
However, according to the group, the interest in the imperial family has recently risen in Japan, as the power was transferred historically last spring to the new ruler, Emperor Naruhito.
- We now have a new emperor, and people are interested in the change of regime, Mizokami says.
Japanilaiset matkailijat kiertelivät nähtävyyksiä Helsingissä, kun yhtäkkiä ohi lipui tärkeän näköinen auto_ ”Sieltä vilkutti meidän kruununprinsessa” - Ilta-Sanomat

A royal surprise by the Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, awaited some people.
Although the Crown Prince of Japan is not as familiar to the Finns as the western royals, it did not reduce the princess enthusiasm - on the contrary.
For the same reason, Mikko and Milla Manninen were on a hurry when they heard from the radio that the Crown Prince couple was on the National Museum. Juulia, 6, should see a real princess.
- Princesses are a big thing for us, the parents tell.
A big suprise waited Juulia and brother Eelis, 10, at the museum.
At the end of their visit, the crown prince couple walked around the museum shop, where the princess approached the siblings, shook hands and exchanged a few words with the children. Crown Princess Kiko opened the conversation with a classic finnish start of conversation
- The princess asked do I come here often, Eelis says.
The encounter was memorable, Eelis is enthusiastic.
- It was pretty exciting.
The only disappointment was the princess's clothes. Juulia was very keen on the crown and the princess dress, but she was wearing a suit.
- The princess was now working, so she had to have a working suit, Milla Manninen tells to her daughter.
Not one, but two waves from princess. It's enough to tell friends for a long time, 12-year-old Iida Holm thinks.
Iida looked with her mother Kirsi Holm downstairs from the National Museum to the second floor, when the princess looked straight to her from the balcony and waved at the girl. The same happened in the museum's shop.
The coincidence crowned the holiday of the family visiting Helsinki.
- Now this became a very memorable holiday, says Kirsi Holm.
Matilda, 11, Alisa, 9, and Katriina Liljelund, who followed the departure of the Crown Prince Couple from the National Museum, saw the royals waving too.
- They looked pretty ordinary. But beautiful.
- At least they felt royal when the press and the security guards were around them all the time, Matilda laughs.
At the Helsinki Cathedral, Laura Nieminen and her daughters Enna and Eini also saw a glimpse of the dignitaries.
The crown prince couple was not familiar yet, but Enna immediately recognized the Japanese flag flown in the car.
- It was nice because we haven't seen a princess before, the girls felt.
Juulia, 6, ja Eelis, 10, kokivat melkoisen yllätyksen museossa –Kuninkaalliset - Ilta-Sanomat
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Day 2 for Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko in Finland today, July 3:


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Article from yesterday, a video of the crown prince couple at Helsinki Cathedral
Japanin kruununprinssipari tutustui Helsinkiin erikoisessa seurueessa

This morning the crown prince laid wreaths at the Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki, to a monument of an unknown Finnish soldier and to the grave of Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, finnish military leader and statesman, the sixth president of Finland.
After the wreath laying, crown prince Akishino and crown princess Kiko travel to Naantali, to the president's summer residence Kultaranta. They will meet president Sauli Niinistö and mrs Jenni Haukio, have talks with them. The presidential couple hosts a lunch to the crown prince couple and then they will have a tour at the garden of Kultaranta. From Naantali the couple goes to Turku, they will tour Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral.

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The crown prince couple met president Sauli Niinistö and mrs Jenni Haukio in Kultaranta. Mrs Haukio wore a yellow lace dress, the crown princess wore white.
Rouva Jenni Haukio ja kruununprinsessa Kiko ihastuttivat raikkailla kesätyyleillään – lämmin kohtaaminen Kultarannassa - Kuninkaalliset - Ilta-Sanomat
Presidenttipari otti vastaan Japanin kruununprinssiparin Kultarannassa – Jenni Haukio hehkui keltaisessa mekossa

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https://twitter.com/TPKanslia/status...61391990935552

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The presidential couple and crown prince couple arrived to the garden by a gold car, president Niinistö was driving. They started their tour at the garden.
Japanin kruununprinssipari hurautti Kultarannan puutarhaan golfkärryllä – presidentti Niinistö ratissa - Kuninkaalliset - Ilta-Sanomat

About Kultaranta
Kultaranta - Presidentti

The Office of the President about the visit at its website with good photos
"We have a lot in common with Japan", President Niinistö said to the Crown Prince couple. The President stated that, compared to Japanese culture, the Finnish is younger, but similar thinking combines: “I take one example: trust and reliability. We were experiencing in the 90s when we had great financial difficulties that we were trusted in Japan. We are still grateful and proud of it. ”
“We both hold great value for literature. Your poetry and literature are well known in Finland. I think I'm also reading one Murakami book right now.”
“And then we are also joined by sports. We look forward to the Tokyo Olympics and the older of us, like me, still remember the 1964 Olympic Games”, the President said. "I hope you enjoy your stay in Finland."
Crown Prince Akishino thanked in his greetings for the invitation to visit, which is related to the centenary of the diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan this year.
"In recent years, the distance between our two countries has been further reduced by increased flight routes, in addition to which there is a culture in addition to active cooperation, such as technology, the environment and the field of design, for which I am greatly pleased", the crown prince said.
"I sincerely hope that our countries' people's contacts will develop and our friendship will deepen for the next 100 years."
Japanin kruununprinssipari vieraili Kultarannassa - Presidentti

When arrived from Naantali to Turku, the crown prince couple visited Turku Cathedral, here arriving:
https://www.ts.fi/static/content/pic...76435_1200.jpg

The City of Turku about the visit
Japanin kruununprinssipari saapui Turkuun vierailulle _ Turku.fi

Arriving to Turku Castle
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D-jo5j7XsAAvKe8.jpg

In the evening the ambassador of Japan to Finland hosted a reception, in honor of the 100 years of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan. The finnish government was represented by Pekka Haavisto, the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Japanin prinsessa Kiko hurmasi valkoisessa kimonossa – ulkoministeri Pekka Haavisto otti kruununprinssiparin juhlallisesti vastaan suurlähetystössä - Viihde - Ilta-Sanomat
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