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Old 05-02-2017, 06:49 AM
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Princesses Mako, Kako and Prince Hisahito Current Events Part 2: May 2017 -




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On May 9th, the Cabinet approved Princess Mako's official visit to Bhutan from May 31 to June 8th. Agenda includes:
  • May 31: Departure from Haneda airport
  • June 1: Arrival in Bhutan
  • June 2: Greeting the King and Queen of Bhutan
  • June 3: Opening ceremony of “Japan Week” and events around Japanese traditional culture
  • June 4: Opening ceremony of Bhutan’s “Flower Exposition” in Thimphu
  • June 6: Visit Buddhist temples
  • Visits to museums
Sources: Sankei, Asahi, Yomiuri

Princess Mako to visit Bhutan in June - The Mainichi
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Old 05-24-2017, 04:54 AM
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On May 24th, Princess Mako visited Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi in Chuo Ward, Tokyo where the 45th Traditional Crafts and Ceramic Arts exhibition will be held. She visited before the opening as president of the Japan Craft Association. This was an unpublished appearance. Passersby noticed Mako's arrival at 9:40am and departure before 10:30am.

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Old 05-26-2017, 07:39 PM
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On May 26th, Princess Mako visited Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko before her departure for Bhutan in a few days.

Photos: Asahi, Getty Images
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Old 05-31-2017, 12:28 AM
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Princess Mako departed for Bhutan on May 31st.

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Princess Mako leaves Japan for 9-day official visit to Bhutan - The Mainichi
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The princess, the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, is set to arrive in Bhutan on Thursday after spending a night in Singapore.

She is expected to attend a welcome ceremony in the country's capital Thimpu on Friday and have an audience with the king and his wife, Queen Jetsun Pema.

On the weekend, she is scheduled to meet Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and attend a flower exhibition, which was proposed by the king.

The princess will then move to the western city of Paro, where she will visit a memorial hall set up in honor of late Japanese agriculture expert Keiji Nishioka, who helped improve vegetable farming techniques in the Himalayan country.

Before returning to Japan on June 8, she will visit Taktsang Lhakhang, an iconic Tibetan Bhuddhist temple clinging to a cliff at an altitude of 3,000 meters.

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ETA: Princess Mako all smiles as she leaves for 'land of happiness':The Asahi Shimbun
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Old 06-08-2017, 12:21 AM
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Princess Mako returned to Japan from Bhutan around 6am on June 8th.

Photos: Asahi, Mainichi

Around 10am, she entered the Imperial Palace to worship and report her safe return to the sanctuaries. In the afternoon, she reported to the tombs of Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun at Musashi Imperial Graveyard in Hachiōji, Tokyo. Tomorrow, she will visit the Imperial Palace again to report to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

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Old 06-26-2017, 02:52 AM
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On June 26th, Princess Mako visited a traditional bamboo craftwork exhibition, sponsored by Asahi Shimbun, at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi in the morning.

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On June 30th, Princess Kako was the family's representative for the "ceremony of Oharashi" at the Imperial Palace. The ritual happens once every 6 months and the practice was modified in 2014 to allow adult princesses' participation.

Sources: page 3 of Sankei Imperial Weekly #493
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Old 07-21-2017, 04:41 PM
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Princess Kako to study at University of Leeds from Sept. - The Mainichi
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Princess Kako […] will study at the University of Leeds in England from September to June next year, it was reported at a Cabinet meeting on Friday.

The 22-year-old daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, currently a junior at International Christian University in Tokyo, will study performing arts and psychology as an exchange student from ICU, the Imperial Household Agency said.

Princess Kako will depart for Leeds in West Yorkshire on Sept. 12 from Haneda airport via London. She will stay in a student dormitory.
Asahi reports Princess Kako will attend the opening ceremony of the All Japan High School Equestrian Games in Gotemba city, Shizuoka Prefecture on the 25th.
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Old 07-25-2017, 01:10 AM
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Princess Kako attended the opening ceremony of an equestrian event in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, today, July 25:


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Thanks! 17 nursery school children greeted Princess Kako on arrival. Her speech offered condolences to victims of Kyushu’s deadly rain damage, expected heavy rainy season in Niigata and Akita prefectures, and hoped for prompt restoration and a return to safe lifestyle as soon as possible. About 180 people from 36 schools participated in the 51st All Japan High School Equestrian Games.

Prince Akishino attended this event last year and Princess Mako attended in 2014.

Sources: Asahi, Sankei
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Old 08-18-2017, 06:55 PM
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On August 17th, Princess Mako visited the Imperial Palace to worship at the Three Sanctuaries before her private visit to Hungary.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DHea-WnU0AA3Uvj.jpg

On August 18th, Princess Mako had a meeting at Nihonbashi department store as president of the Japan Craft Association.

On August 19th, she departed for Hungary where she'll join her father who left a day earlier. They return on the 23rd.
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On August 21st, Princess Kako visited the tomb of Emperor Showa at Musashi Imperial Graveyard in Hachioji, Tokyo. She leaves for the University of Leeds on September 12th, studying aboard until next June.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DHwbK2GVoAEdqiu.jpg

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On August 26th, Princess Mako attended the 34th High School Sign Language Speech Contest in Yurakucho, Tokyo.

Photos: Sankei, Getty Images

Full 5-minute address and transcript: Asahi
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On September 4th, Princess Kako visited the Imperial Palace to greet the Emperor and Empress before her study abroad in the UK. Her parents also attended. Princess Kako will return Friday to worship at Three Palace Sanctuaries.

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IHA released a ~2-minute video and photos for Prince Hisahito's 11th birthday on the 6th, see Asahi. Video and photos were taken on August 14th.

Currently in 5th grade at Ochanomizu University affiliated elementary school, Prince Hisahito’s interest in nature remains high. He belongs to the cultivation committee at school, caring for flower beds, while continuing efforts at Akasaka Estate’s vegetable and rice fields. He had field trips in May to watch sumo; the Prince went on a 3 day, 2 night camping trip around Lake Shirakaba in Nagano Prefecture in late August. He also visited Lake Biwa and a traditional brush shop with his parents in August.

Prince Akishino's household is expected to increase from about 20 to 50 staff upon Emperor Akihito’s abdication. Besides budget increases, Prince Hisahito’s childcare system will be strengthened.

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Prince Hisahito and his mother Princess Kiko visited the Imperial Palace for birthday greetings with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko around 4:55pm on September 6th. The visit lasted about 50 minutes.

Photos: Sankei, Getty Images
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DJCuMWBUMAAJXZD.jpg
https://www.jiji.com/news/kiji_photos/0170906at51_p.jpg

I think next year will be the last time his mother accompanies him. Princess Aiko made birthday greetings alone once she turned 13.

Prince Hisahito, third in line to throne, marks his 11th birthday: The Asahi Shimbun
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According to the Imperial Household Agency, the prince maintains a keen interest in nature and is a member of a student committee in charge of gardening around the school. His duties include watering flowerbeds.

Hisahito also enjoys growing vegetables and rice at his parents' Akasaka Estate in Tokyo.

In May, he visited Ryogoku Kokugikan in Sumida Ward in a school trip to watch a sumo tournament held there. The occasion allowed him to sample, along with his classmates, a “chanko” hotpot meal that is the mainstay diet of sumo wrestlers.

In late August, he had his first sleep-over school trip, spending two nights in Nagano Prefecture by Lake Shirakabako.

Agency officials said he cooked rice in mess tins over an open fire with his classmates.

[...]
Prince Hisahito, third in line to throne, turns 11 | The Japan Times
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That's the first photo I've seen of Prince Hisahito in a while, what a handsome boy he has grown into!
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Princess Kako departed for the UK on September 12th. The University of Leeds' semester begins on the 25th.

Photos: Mainichi, Asahi, Getty Images

Princess Kako leaves to study in UK | Nippon TV NEWS24 JAPAN

She worshipped at the Three Palace Sanctuaries at the Imperial Palace on the 8th.

Princess Kako leaves to attend University of Leeds in Britain:The Asahi Shimbun
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Princess Kako flew out of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Sept. 12 in a plane heading for Britain, where she will attend a time-honored educational institution for the next academic year.

Kako, 22, will study history, theory and other subjects in theatrical art at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries of the University of Leeds, in the north of England, until June 2018.

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Reporters wished Kako, in a white skirt and navy blue jacket, a good journey, and she responded by bowing and smiling repeatedly before progressing to the boarding gate.

Kako is scheduled to arrive at Heathrow Airport on the afternoon of Sept. 12, local time.

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The term begins on Sept. 25, but Kako wants to arrive in the country well ahead of the start date to prepare for the coming months of study, according to a source.
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Princesses Mako, Kako and Prince Hisahito Current Events Part 2: May 2017 -

From September 14-15th, Princess Mako is in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture for the International Ceramics Festival Mino ’17. 500 people greet her arrival at Taijmi station with messages of congratulations and well wishes. She seemed a little embarrassed, covering her face, when someone asked to give best regards to Mr. Komuro. Besides attending the festival, she also visited the city's mosaic tile museum and the festival's exhibition.

Photos: Asahi, Getty Images (updated)

Crowds cheer Princess Mako's engagement | Nippon TV NEWS24 JAPAN
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