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Old 07-12-2006, 09:40 PM
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I really don't know much about the Japanese Royal family but will these girls loose their title of Princess when they marry? Aren't they then considered commoners? If this is true, how do they prepare them for this life?
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The Imperial Law states that Imperial Princesses lose their title/status when they marry commoners. They can retain their title if they marry within the Imperial Family. But since the 11 collateral branches of the family were reduced to commoners after WW II and there are no boys born in the recent years, the current generation of Imperial Princesses will lose their title if and when they marry.

As for the preparation, I'm not that familiar with the details. I think Princess Sayako said that it was made clear to her as young girl that she would be a commoner later on. She was taught how to cook. In the months before her wedding, she practiced shopping in supermarkets, took driving lessons, and also tried riding the trains in Tokyo.
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:46 PM
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Princess Mako departs for Austria on homestay trip
...............The princess, the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, is expected to stay at the home of one of their family friends in Vienna and tour museums and historical buildings in and around the capital.
The Austrian host and hostess are said to have known Princess Kiko and her father Tatsuhiko Kawashima since the Kawashimas lived in Vienna due to his work about 30 years ago.
At Narita airport near Tokyo, Princess Mako, wearing a checkered dress and holding a bag, slightly bowed to people around her before heading for a Lufthansa flight...................
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060803/kyodo/d8j8msng0.html

Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko departed Narita Airport in Tokyo for Vienna, Austria on August 3, 2006.
During her stay in Austria, she will be learning English and also visit some art museums. Her interest is in arts. This is her first solo overseas trip.
She is expected to return to Japan on August 16, 2006.

Below from www.yuko2ch.net


#1: JIJI press
#2: FNN news
#3: ANN news
#4: Yomiuri news
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Old 08-04-2006, 07:39 AM
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Princess Mako arrives in Austria on homestay trip
..............The Austrian host and hostess are said to have known Princess Kiko and her father Tatsuhiko Kawashima since the Kawashimas lived in Vienna due to his work about 30 years ago.

The princess, wearing a checkered dress and a white cardigan, was greeted at the Vienna International Airport by the couple. Despite the long journey, the princess smiled when she received a flower bouquet from the couple. Vienna was rainy, with a temperature of 15 C. The princess headed to the home of the host family by the couple's car......................
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060803/kyodo/d8j981so0.html

#1: FNN news
#2: TBS news
#3-4: www.yuko2ch.net
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Maybe it's only my crazy imagination...But I seemed to notice a sad expression in Princess Mako's face. Maybe was she scared?

And..my! I don't like her dress! She is a beatiful, stylish, delicate girl...and this dress makes her to look like an "Annie" Orphan of 1930's depression years!

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Old 08-06-2006, 03:18 AM
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i hope the constitution changes so she wont lose her royal status on marriage!
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Old 08-06-2006, 03:06 PM
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Maybe it's only my crazy imagination...But I seemed to notice a sad expression in Princess Mako's face. Maybe was she scared?

And..my! I don't like her dress! She is a beatiful, stylish, delicate girl...and this dress makes her to look like an "Annie" Orphan of 1930's depression years!

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You're totall right!
this girls never had a smille and they faces!
and I agree with you, the dress is horrible!
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Who wasn't scared during his first long trip to the other country without parents?


Few things:
- does someone from the IHA goes with her?
- any chances that maybe we would here smth more about here during her stay in Austria?
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Old 08-06-2006, 05:49 PM
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Princess Mako hardly ever seems to smile. Most photos show her looking serious if not downright sad.
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Who wasn't scared during his first long trip to the other country without parents?


Few things:
- does someone from the IHA goes with her?
- any chances that maybe we would here smth more about here during her stay in Austria?
I think she was a bit nervous travelling by herself for the first time.
The Japanese consulate in Austria and the homestay couple were there to greet her at the airport. I think that there must be one police officer protecting her throughout her stay in Austria (not sure if it's a police from Japan or Austria). From previous news, Princess Tusguko who's currently studying at the University of Edinburgh has a police protecting her in UK, therefore I think Mako must have at least 1 police protecting her. I am not sure if anyone from IHA is with her, but I think at least some people from IHA must be travelling with her to do all the heavy duty in carrying the luggage and guiding her throughout the trip introducing her to the Japanese consulate and help her meet up with the homestay family. Maybe staff working in the Japanese consulate will also be serving her during her stay in Austria if she needs any help...I guess for translation purposes.

I am not sure if we still get any news of her during her stay in Austria but I am sure we will get news and pics of her when she leaves Austria and arriving back in Japan.

The lady (left of Mako )and the gentleman (behind Mako) in this picture is the homestay couple that she'll be staying with. I guess then they are friends of Princess Kiko.
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Btw. anyone know did she can speak any other language?
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Btw. anyone know did she can speak any other language?
I think Mako must have learnt some English in high school. Maybe she might have had chances to practice when greeting foreign guests with her parents. But I don't think she is very fluent in English.
Her mom Kiko knows German, English and sign language. Maybe she taught her daughter some of everything.
I also heard that Kiko taught her mother in law Empress Michiko sign language.
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She looks like she is scared of her own shadow, but who are we to judge?
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Old 08-12-2006, 04:56 AM
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From Kyodo News,

Princess Mako spends summer in Austria on homestay trip

http://home.kyodo.co.jp/modules/fstP...?photoid=15777
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An additional photo from Polfoto of Mako from Aug. 3rd leaving Tokyo.


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Princess Mako, the 14-year-old granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, leads a horse by the bridle in a meadow on Aug. 11 during her two-week homestay trip in the suburbs of Vienna.

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Thank you Manddy for these photos! Eventually we know how gracious is princess Mako when smiling! I hope that being with adolescents of her age will make her smile more.
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She looks much more relaxed here in these photos. I hope that she's enjoyed her stay. I wonder how she and her sister feel about their sibling's arrival?
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Another photo of Mako in Vienna from Kyodo News,

http://home.kyodo.co.jp/modules/fstP...?photoid=15791
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She looks much better now! And of course, smile changes totally her face in a positive way.

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More photos of Princess Mako of her visit in Austria
#1: JIJI press
#2: TBS news
#3-4: newscom
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