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Old 06-16-2017, 06:46 AM
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Thanks, Iceflower

It's pretty windy today as you can tell from Naruhito's hair.
Nevertheless it's 17 degrees C right now, so it's T-shirt weather.

ADDED: BB article about the wreath-laying at Kastallet today. http://www.billedbladet.dk/kongelige...aldne-soldater

The issue of Japanese soldier taking part in international missions abroad is controversial in Japan. So far their engagement has been very much in the background with very little risk of exchanging fire with anyone. When Japan started taking part in peacekeeping missions not that many year ago, two fatalities caused quite a stir in Japan.
The current Japanese government seeks to change the Constitution enabling Japanese soldier in taking a much active and indeed offensive part in international missions.
Denmark has a long history for such missions and the way we honor our fallen is of interest in Japan, who may soon find themselves in a similar situation.
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Old 06-16-2017, 12:10 PM
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Kronprins Frederik imponerede kronprins Naruhito med bue og pil | BILLED-BLADET

Today, Naruhito and Frederik visited the Japan-exhibition at Amalienborg. One of the items displayed is a bow, presented to Frederik at a visit to Japan in 2005.
The traditional Japanese Kyodo-bow is very peculiar looking, because it's a very long bow (not a longbow though) used from horseback. Frederik amazed his host back then by hitting the bulls eye.
Frederik at least beforehand used to have a certificate to hunt with a bow, which is pretty difficult to obtain in DK!
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Old 06-16-2017, 12:11 PM
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Masako's situation makes me so sad. And I'm always skeptical about the explanations: Is it truly medical or was the decision made for her?

I just hope this once vibrant woman finds peace, happiness and good health.
I know this may not be the place
But I have been long skeptical of the explanations concerning Masako. 🤔Many women have struggled with adapting to royal life. For example, the late Diana had a terrible time with it initially. She was ill-prepared and lacked the intelligence for the role. Even so Diana adapted and just got on with it and later learned to love her duties and got deeply involved with her charities. Masako knew what she was getting into and is a very intelligent and smart woman. I am baffled by how after all these years things haven't more or less changed.
How is it that she cannot adapt and cope with the demands of her role (especially with a seemingly supportive husband like Naruhito).
I find it difficult to belief the IHA has total control over the situation. Surely they would want an active and involved Crown Princess that would be pride to the people and the imperial family.

If the fatigue reports are true, then I would imagine the IHA could space out Masako's engagements. For example instead of 5 per week let it be 2 per week. If there is a big trip coming up (ie, this current one to Denmark). Let there be no engagements for Masako in the week leading up to the visit.

Heck, if things were done right and strategically Masako could have long suffered without public knowledge because she is carrying out her duties.

It doesn't make any sense really. Which is a shame as Masako seems like an intelligent woman with much to offer.

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Today, Naruhito and Frederik visited the Japan-exhibition at Amalienborg. One of the items displayed is a bow, presented to Frederik at a visit to Japan in 2005.
The traditional Japanese Kyodo-bow is very peculiar looking, because it's a very long bow (not a longbow though) used from horseback. Frederik amazed his host back then by hitting the bulls eye.
Frederik at least beforehand used to have a certificate to hunt with a bow, which is pretty difficult to obtain in DK!
I remember that trip to Japan very well. CP Frederik also hit the bullseye then. What a wonderful sentiment to the trip over 10 years later.
http://www.gettyimages.com/event/dan...ure-id52647980
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Old 06-16-2017, 04:31 PM
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Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary at the jubilee concert with traditional Japanese music this evening:


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** BB: VIDEO: Kronprinsesse Mary eventyrlig smuk til festkoncert ** translation **
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:50 AM
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Mary's fashion choices these past two years or so have been a bit odd. Of course this well advised icon of style never looks really bad, but I miss seeing more colour on her and somehow midi length, off the shoulder choices and curls in her hair... end up making her look a bit blah.
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Old 06-17-2017, 04:47 AM
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I understand the skepticism but we'll never know what's exactly going on. Yes, Diana and Michiko recovered from their issues but some people never fully recover; some plateau at a level of recovery and having a supportive husband may not be enough. Naruhito defended his wife once publicly and that did not end well.

The IHA is spacing out Masako's events. Same as Denmark, she didn't go to Malaysia with Naruhito in April because the IHA decided "to reduce the burden on her", focusing on events at home. April had the Spanish state visit, spring garden party, and Aiko's school events. I don't know what events are planned for her in June but apparently those are more achievable. Masako has made progress in recent years; several "attends event for first time in 7, 13, etc. years" yet there was a relapse last fall.

Sometimes I wonder if the IHA/medical team are being too cautious. I don't know what's better (or worse?) - declining the invitation or sending Masako where she might only attend a few items on the agenda? When she and Naruhito visited Tonga in 2015, she was only scheduled for the coronation and luncheon. Her joining a meeting with expats was unexpected. I believe both Malaysia and Denmark have busier agendas than Tonga.

Anyway, back to Denmark:
Japan crown prince appreciates Denmark's post-disaster support - The Mainichi
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Japan's crown prince on Friday visited a monument in Copenhagen commemorating international contributions by Danish officials and soldiers and extended appreciation to those who visited Japan in support following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country's northeast.

Crown Prince Naruhito, the heir to the Japanese throne, and Danish Crown Prince Frederik visited the monument on which destination countries under Danish missions, including Japan, as well as names of soldiers who perished during such missions are inscribed.

The 57-year-old Japanese crown prince expressed gratitude in a meeting with Danish officials who were sent to the disaster-affected areas.

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The exhibition, held in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries, showcases items related to the Danish royal family's long-term relationship with Japan, including paper-folding gifts from children in Higashimatsuyama, a northeastern Japan city hit hard by the disaster, to Danish Crown Prince Frederik who visited there in June 2011.

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Old 06-17-2017, 07:51 AM
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Crown Prince Naruhito visited the Japanese supplementary school in Copenhagen today, June 17:


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Afterwards he visited the Maritime Museum of Denmark:


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Old 06-17-2017, 08:40 AM
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Mary's fashion choices these past two years or so have been a bit odd. Of course this well advised icon of style never looks really bad, but I miss seeing more colour on her and somehow midi length, off the shoulder choices and curls in her hair... end up making her look a bit blah.
This may be OT, but agree with you. The styles these days aren't that great, especially in evening wear. Have you seen the dress that CP Victoria wore to the Polar Music Awards? It looks like it's made from wrapping paper! Mary may be going through a conservative phase, or opting for comfort rather than style.
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Someone got a selfie with CP Naruhito when he took a walk in Copenhagen.
http://www.sankei.com/images/news/17...6180012-p1.jpg

Sankei gallery for June 17th (not sure why a photo from the Dutch 2006 trip was included)

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ETA: this ANN video captured the selfie
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:45 AM
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Daily Mail: Princess Mary stuns in $1,000 Alexander McQueen dress | Daily Mail Online
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Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary at the jubilee concert with traditional Japanese music this evening:

** BB: VIDEO: Kronprinsesse Mary eventyrlig smuk til festkoncert ** translation **
Thanks for link to the video

I observed a nice little detail in the video... CP Frederik is elegantly leading Mary first into the swing doors, which of course, means she comes out first from doors... You can see she gets a little insecure... should she now greets CP Naruhito first?... She turns back to Frederik who just puts his hand on her back, smiles and pushes her forward to signals: You just greets him first, honey.

CP Mary said last year in an interview that she has nothing against having to go one step behind her husband at official events, and that they have total equality in their relationship otherwise, and we can see that in a cute way in this video.


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Today, Queen Margrethe and the Crown Prince Couple will hold a lunch at Fredensborg Castle for the Crown Prince of Japan.
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:55 AM
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Or perhaps she wished to ensure her husband didn't get lost in the revolving doors... - Seasoned wives tend to do that...

But I'm glad to see Frederik has no qualms about letting his wife take the front. And Naruhito is so close to them that he won't be the least bit offended by the protocol being bend slightly.

And today, on a wonderful summers day, QMII offered a lunch for Naruhito and M&F. Dronning Margrethe bød på frokost | BILLED-BLADET
Like Frederik's tie.
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Today, Queen Magrethe held a official lunch at Fredensborg. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Proncess Mary attended.

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Old 06-18-2017, 11:27 AM
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Naruhito hasnt had the easiest of lives but still he always seems to great the world with a smile.
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Nice to see the CP of Japan with his peers. I went to Copenhagen three weeks ago and saw much of the same and even went to the theatre for a dance performance. The Japanese crown prince always seems very likable indeed.

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video of the arrival for the Queen's lunch
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CP Naruhito also visited architect Hiroshi Sambuichi’s “water” exhibition and met with Japanese living in Denmark on June 18th.

Photos: Asahi, Getty Images

On June 19th, he visited Hans Christian Andersen Museum and had lunch hosted by the mayor at Odense City Hall. He expressed condolences to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Greenland on the 17th.

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That's very decent of him. They'll appreciate that in Greenland.

Greenlandic products will be very much on the table when M&F visit Japan later this year.
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