Can someone please post a close-up photo of Princess Kiko.
__________________ Never let go of anyone that you could not go a day without thinking about. There just might be a very good reason why they're always on your mind. Sometimes, it's the brain that knows too well what the heart tries so hard to deny ~ ~ Anonymous ~ ~
7:Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito, right, along with Princess Aiko, waves as they arrive at the Imperial Palace to have dinner with other royal family members in Tokyo Thursday, Dec.23, 2004, to celebrate the birthday for his father Emperor Akihito. Marking his 71th birthday, Emperor Akihito said that remarks by his son Naruhito accusing palace officials earlier this year of contributing to his wife Crown Princess Masako's stress-related illness were a surprise that has become his major concern.
1~3:The Imperial families arrive at the residence of late Princess Takamatsu in Tokyo for an imperial ceremony to move the princess's body to a casket Friday, Dec.24, 2004. The funeral will be held Sunday, Dec. 26 in Tokyo for Princess Takamatsu, emperor's aunt, also known as her name Kikuko, who died at the age of 92 Saturday, Dec. 18.
4:In this photo released by the Imperial Household Agency, Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito, seated in the first row left, Prince Tomohito, in the first row right, the chief mourner, and others, accompanied by Priest Mineo Yamaguchi, right, attend the imperial wake for late Princess Takamatsu at her residence in Tokyo Friday, Dec. 24, 2004. The funeral will be held Sunday, Dec. 26 in Tokyo for the princess, Emperor Akihito's aunt, also known as her name Kikuko, who died at the age of 92 Saturday, Dec. 18.
-Where live all the members of the imperial family?
-Which titles have all members?
-All the members that wants to marry have to sign a pre-agreement paper before marriage?
-Has anyone of the imperial family has divorced?
Polfoto 31-12-2004 This Imperial Palace official photo distributed by the Imperial Household Agency, Japanese Emperor Akihito, seated on a chair second from left, and Empress Michiko, seated center, and their family members look on Princess Aiko, daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito, seated on a chair at left, and Crown Princess Masako, kneels down on the floor at right, play with Princess Mako, kneeling down foreground, and Princess Kako, daughters of Prince Akishino, seated on a chair second from right, and Princess Kiko, kneeling down at left, for a family photo session for the New Year at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004. Looking on at far right is Princess Sayako.
Their Majesties' New Year Reception
At the Imperial Palace each year on 1 January, Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress receive New Year greetings from His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince and the rest of the Imperial Family; the Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President and Vice-President of the House of Councillors; Diet members; the Prime Minister; Ministers of State; the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court; other government officials with Imperial attestation (Ninshokan); Administrative Vice-Ministers of Ministries and Agencies and other leading figures of legislative, executive and judicial organs; prefectural governors and chairpersons of prefectural assemblies; and heads of diplomatic missions to Japan and their spouses. This ceremony is considered a state event. http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e04/ed04-01.html
someone told me that u never know who is out here leaving messages. so lets hope that maybe she might look at this msg board and take our advice to find a designer who will make her look like a young women(because 35 is young). maybe her gown should have a v neck line with a empire waist, made of silk and lace over the silk and a very classic tiara. just something pretty and flowing not stiff high collar dress.
People's Visit to the Palace for the New Year Greeting
Sunday January 2, 11:47 AMCrown Princess Masako joins rest of imperial family for New Year's greeting
Japan's Crown Princess Masako joined the rest of the imperial family in greeting the public at the start of 2005 on Sunday after missing the annual ritual last year to recover from a psychological disorder brought on by the stresses of royal life.
Dressed in a sequined, blue velvet dress accented by a sparkling pendant, Masako smiled and waved gently from a glass-enclosed balcony on the Imperial Palace grounds.
Emperor Akihito, Masako's father-in-law, briefly addressed the crowd of 19,000 people, which responded with shouts of "Banzai!" _ or long life _ while waving flags.
"I am sincerely delighted to be able to celebrate the New Year with you," Akihito told the crowd. "I hope for your happiness and pray for world peace."
The family will appear briefly six more times throughout the day, though the Imperial Household Agency said Masako would skip the remainder of the sessions.
The public is allowed in the moat-ringed palace grounds only twice a year _ on Jan. 2 and on the emperor's birthday.
Masako, 41, has largely stayed out of the public eye since December 2003, when she was hospitalized and diagnosed with shingles _ a viral infection that typically results in pain and a rash.
About eight months later, palace officials said the Harvard and Oxford-educated former diplomat was suffering from adjustment disorder, a stress-induced condition marked by bouts of depression and anxiety, and was receiving counseling and medication.
The princess said she was suffering from accumulated stress, while her husband Crown Prince Naruhito noted the enormous pressures on her to produce a royal heir.
Masako and Naruhito, 44, have a three-year-old daughter, Princess Aiko, but only men are allowed to assume the Chrysanthemum Throne under Japanese law.
The government last week said it would set up a task force to consider allowing a reigning empress, which polls show the Japanese public overwhelmingly supports.
No boy has been born to the Japanese royal family since the 1960s, creating a looming succession crisis for the world's oldest monarchy.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko's only daughter, Princess Sayako, meanwhile, participated in the greeting for the last time ahead of her expected marriage later this year to Tokyo city hall official Yoshiki Kuroda.
As a woman born in the imperial family, the 35-year-old Sayako will lose her royal title, move out of the palace, and become a commoner after she weds. The public is allowed in the palace grounds only twice a year _ on Jan. 2 and on the emperor's birthday. http://asia.news.yahoo.com/050102/ap/d87bmtlg0.html