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Today, June 20, Princess Hisako visited the Cathedral of St Theodore Ushakov:


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Old 06-21-2018, 06:22 AM
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Princess Hisako visited the Kul Sharif (Qol Sharif) Mosque in Kazan today, June 21, and took some photos herself!


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Princess Takamado attends at a Russian-Japanese seminar on Kyudo, a traditional Japanese martial art of archery, at Yekaterinburg's DIVS Palace of Sports on 23 June

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Princess Hisako visited the Kul Sharif (Qol Sharif) Mosque in Kazan today, June 21, and took some photos herself!


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** profimedia gallery **
I love that second photo of Princess Hisako--she has the best smile!
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Old 06-24-2018, 12:40 PM
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Princess Hisako spoke to Kyodo News on June 24th. She's happy to support Team Japan, promote Kyudo, and encourage international exchange. [chunichi.co.jp]

http://www.chunichi.co.jp/s/worldcup...2401001586.jpg

https://twitter.com/ru_rbc/status/1010871424376926208
https://twitter.com/obltv/status/1010173440668655616

She wore a mauve kimono at an event in Yekaterinburg to avoid Russia and Japan's national flag colors.
Photos: jp.sputniknews.com

TASS: Society & Culture - Japan's Princess visits Yeltsin Center in Yekaterinburg
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Princess Hisako Takamado of Japan, who arrived in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg late on Friday, has visited the museum of the Yeltsin Center, the center’s press service said on Sunday.

"Princess Hisako Takamado of Japan along with a representative delegation from Japan visited the Yeltsin Center in Yekaterinburg. Among those who accompanied the Princess were Japanese Ambassador to Russia H.E. Toyohisa Kozuki with his wife, diplomats from the Japanese embassy and representatives of Japan’s football elite," the press service said.

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On Saturday, Princess Takamado visited the Church on Blood in Yekaterinburg, built on the site where Russia’s last tsar Nicholas II and his family were shot in 1918. She later attended a kyudo (Japanese martial art of archery) event in a sports facility in the Urals city. On Sunday, the Princess will attend a match between Japan and Senegal at the Yekaterinburg Arena.

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TASS: Society & Culture - Japan's Princess thanks Russia for organizing 2018 FIFA World Cup
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[...] "I would like to express gratitude to the Russian side for a well-organized World Cup," the Princess said, noting that she visited Russia for the first time and found out a lot about the country’s history.

"I had a chance to visit three places: Saransk, Kazan and Yekaterinburg. Each city has its own culture and history, and I had a chance to study this. Moscow and St. Petersburg are well-known for Japanese, but these three cities which I visited are not very famous for most people. This time many Japanese and people from all over the world learned about different Russian cities," she said.

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Another video of the museum visit in Saransk:

Kyudo seminar:

ETA: video of Kazan
https://twitter.com/Businessgazeta/s...65126159912960
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:23 PM
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Princess Takamado's visit is going well. It is great that Princess Takamado attended a kyudo event, such relatively exotic martial art.
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When Princess Hisako travels to Russia for the World Cup in a few weeks, she'll be the first member of the Imperial family to visit since Prince Kan'in Kotohito (an Imperial cadet branch member) visited in 1916. [dailyshincho.jp]
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Princess Hisako spoke to Kyodo News on June 24th. She's happy to support Team Japan, promote Kyudo, and encourage international exchange. [chunichi.co.jp]

http://www.chunichi.co.jp/s/worldcup...2401001586.jpg

https://twitter.com/ru_rbc/status/1010871424376926208
https://twitter.com/obltv/status/1010173440668655616

She wore a mauve kimono at an event in Yekaterinburg to avoid Russia and Japan's national flag colors.
Photos: jp.sputniknews.com

TASS: Society & Culture - Japan's Princess visits Yeltsin Center in Yekaterinburg

TASS: Society & Culture - Japan's Princess thanks Russia for organizing 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Beginning from 1998, Princess Takamado has been visiting all FIFA World Cups to encourage her team. Last time, a member of the Imperial Family visited Russia in 1916 as a representative of the allied power during World War I.
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Japan sends imperial family member to Russia for 1st visit in century - The Mainichi

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"Japan's imperial household has no political function, so there is no need to move in step with the Western countries that boycotted (the World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow)," a senior official of the Imperial Household Agency said.
Thank you for the news and photos, Prisma and iceflower!

Is it the imperial family's normal practice to avoid wearing the national flag colors of both countries, or is that reserved for particularly delicate visits?

Seeing how the relations between Russia and Japan remain strained over territorial disputes and other political issues, as pointed out in the Reuters article that Prisma shared, I wondered why the imperial family chose this year to visit Russia for the first time in 102 years, but now I see that it would be an exceptional event and invite accusations of politics if Princess Hisako did not attend a FIFA World Cup. I suppose not meeting government officials and centering her activities on Russian history and cultural exchange is a good compromise.
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I don't know if it's the normal practice although diplomatic dressing is a good idea for any visit/event, regardless of the political climate. Russia and Japan share red and white. Japan's football team uniform is blue. Probably safer, easier to avoid those colors for certain events. Obviously Princess Hisako will be rooting for Japan.

Wasn't there a time when the Dutch royal family had to clarify that Maxima would be cheering for the Netherlands rather than Argentina at some sports competition? (World Cup? Olympics?)

It appears the event where Princess Hisako wore the mauve kimono is related to Russia's support after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. I zoomed in on the guy’s banner which reads: JAPAN thanks everyone for support "спасибо, россия," I believe in the power of Japan, and MARCH onward from the Tsunami

https://twitter.com/jkm_piece/status...06339793309697
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DgcbADKXUAAiiU1.jpg:large

ETA: Just remembered Empress Michiko and CP Masako's outfits combined to resemble Orange-Nassau colors at the Luxembourg state visit welcoming ceremony. For the Dutch state visit welcome, Empress Michiko wore orange/blue and CP Masako wore orange. They didn't wear Spain or Belgium flag colors for the Spanish or Belgian state visits.
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Princess Hisako returned to Japan on June 26th and visited the Imperial Palace to worship at the palace's sanctuaries.

Photos: Sankei, NHK
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On June 5th, Princess Hisako and Princess Ayako attended Ikebana International Tokyo Branch's June luncheon at the Palace Hotel Tokyo.
Photo: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

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More photos at https://www.facebook.com/ikebanatoky...22410198351461

Paris Match's coverage of Princess Hisako's visit to Russia: Une princesse japonaise en Russie pour la Coupe du Monde
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On June 11th, Princess Hisako received Gabriel Duque y Su, Ambassador of Colombia at her residence. He gave her Colombian roses, a team jersey, and wishes of fair play and success at the FIFA World Cup.
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj4E_rVH5g2/

On July 9th, Princess Hisako attended the Japan Bowl welcome reception. She also met the winners at her residence.
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BlA-PvThZsJ/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/3709...7279376423343/

American and Canadian Japan Bowl® Winners to Visit Japan through Kakehashi Project – The Japan-America Society of Washington, Inc.
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The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has once again invited the top student winners of the Japan Bowl to visit Japan. The Ministry’s Kakehashi Project, which is an initiative meant to encourage young people to interact and build bridges with Japan, invited over 40 students to attend the 2018 trip. In all, 52 participants – including chaperones and students from the Ontario Japan Bowl and Metro Vancouver Japan Bowl in Canada – will travel to Japan from July 3-11.

Because of this year’s large number of students, the trip will be divided into two groups. Each group will visit a different part of the country – one will head to Sendai in Miyagi prefecture, and the other to Nagasaki – to experience homestays, interact with Japanese students at local schools, and attend cultural workshops. Both groups will then convene in Tokyo, where they will visit Honda Motor Co., Ltd., attend a program sponsored by the Japan Bowl Supporters Group (JBSG), and explore famous sites in the city. In addition, they will meet with senior government officials as well as Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado. [...]
On July 11th, Princess Hisako attended the 32nd Advanced Technology award ceremony and reception at Meiji Memorial Hall in Tokyo. Her speech included condolences to victims of Japan's heavy rain damage.

Photos: Sankei, Sankeibiz 1, Sankeibiz 2, Sankei Imperial Weekly #547 (photos 10-14)


Bit of old news: On January 16th, Princess Hisako attended the Fifth Internal Symposium on Arctic Research (ISAR-5) at National Center of Sciences in Chiyoda, Tokyo.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BeA-W5JHK8k/
https://www.jcar.org/isar-5/image/20180116.JPG

ISAR-5 / Fifth International Symposium on Arctic Research / 第5回国際北極研究シンポジウム
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On July 14th, Princess Hisako visited "Monet's Legacy" exhibition at the Yokohama Museum of Art.

Photo: https://twitter.com/tokyoshashinbu/s...29961322872834
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