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Old 07-03-2010, 03:34 AM
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Princess Takamado visits Finland

Princess Takamado began her tour of Finland in the south-coast city of Porvoo, where her programme included a concert at Porvoo Cathedral. The concert is part of the Avanti Classical Music Festival, which has a Japanese theme.
In Helsinki, the Princess will learn about Finnish university studies and elderly care in this country. In addition, she will visit Fiskars and Turku.
Princess Takamado is scheduled to meet with President Tarja Halonen on Monday. - YLE

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hmm,some rare photos of princess tsuguko's officaial duty.
Princess tsuguko attends Japan Cup 2010:Japan chanpionship of cheerleading at national Yoyogi stadium
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/photos/cult...0701001-p8.jpg
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http://sankei.jp.msn.com/photos/cult...701001-p10.jpg
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/photos/cult...701001-p11.jpg
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/photos/cult...701001-p12.jpg
27th August 2010, photo by sankei
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Wow, she is gorgeous!
Thanks for sharing the pictures, Namiey!
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Japan’s princess Takamado recently visited several important bird sites in South Africa. The princess has been the honorary president of BirdLife International since 2004.- Full article + tiny picture
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Old 10-30-2010, 01:28 PM
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HIH the Princess Takamado Hisako and her eldest daughter HIH the princess Tsuguko hosted a BirdLife International gala dinner on October 29th, 2010, in Tokyo.
HSH the Prince of Monako Albert II and his fiancee Charlene Wittstock were present.
HIH the Princess Hisako is the honorary president of BirdLife International.

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HIH the Princess Takamado had become the honorary president of the photo contest "Japan Old & New through Diplomats' Eyes" following the death of her husband Prince Takamado in 2002.
The 13th exhibition, "Japan Old & New through Diplomats' Eyes 2010", will tour to Nagoya and Kobe following the show in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, showcasing the about 90 photographs chosen by the judges--the princess, the ambassadors of Colombia, Luxemburg, Saudi Arabia and India, former Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura and Hidenobu Sobashima, the Foreign Ministry's deputy director general. - Daily Yomiuri
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On Monday December 20th activities marked the opening of Oman Cultural Days in Tokyo began here yesterday under the auspices of Princess Takamado in the presence of Salim bin Mohammed al Mahrooqi, Under-Secretary of Heritage and Culture Ministry, and Khalid bin Hashel al Maslahi, the Sultanate’s Ambassador to Japan. The events, which last till December 26, coincide with the Sultanate’s celebrations of the 40th National Day. - Middle East online
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HIH the Princess Takamado has opened the First Kyudo World Cup on May 6th, 2010, as an Honorary Chairman of The International Kyudo Federation
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HIH the Princess Takamado Hisako, an honorary president of the Japan Football Association (JFA), has made a speech on February 26th 2011 at the JFA meeting.
The Princess has expressed her joy towards the success of the national footbal team at Guangzhou Asian Games and her hope for the victory at AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011.
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Princess Hisako Takamado and her eldest daughter Princess Tsuguko visited Watari town, Miyagi prefecture on May 30th, 2011.
Princess Hisako is the honorary president of Marine Rescue Japan and the branch office was in Watari town.
The office was fully destroyed and a lot of lifeguards of Marine Rescue Japan were affected by earthquake and tsunami.
Princess Hisako and Princess Tsuguko encouraged the lifeguards of Marine Rescue Japan.
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Diplomats focus on postquake resilience in photo exhibition - The Mainichi Daily News
Princess Takamado, the show's honorary president who picked it, said in a statement that the photo "also captures in the background the sea, the sky and the mountains and, to me, the whole composition seemed to express deep sorrow, great awe and respect for the now quiet forces of nature, and, by showing the play of light on the sea's surface, seemed to indicate the rays of hope for the future."
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Princess Hisako looks back
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Princess Hisako of Takamado told The Yomiuri Shimbun in a recent interview that she feels as if her husband, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of 47 in 2002, is merely away from home and will return shortly. Prince Takamado was extremely popular in his role as intermediary between the Imperial family and the people. Nov. 21 marks the 10th anniversary of his death. [...]

The following are excerpts of The Yomiuri Shimbun's interview with Princess Hisako.
The Yomiuri Shimbun: The fields you took over from your husband, including football, children's upbringing and sports for the disabled, have developed extremely well in the past 10 years.

Princess Hisako: Prince Takamado liked the term "ichigo ichi e" (once-in-a-lifetime meeting). He energetically supported activities that he thought were good. I do as much as I can. Yes, there are some fields that have developed but I think they developed because of the efforts of the people involved as well as the trend of the times.

Q: On many occasions, you respond with on-the-spot witty answers without relying on a prepared script.

A: It's true that I think on my feet and say what I like when the atmosphere is friendly. As Prince Takamado was good at conveying his intentions through his own words, I behave like him.
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Princess Hisako looks back / 10 years after Prince Takamado's death, she still feels husband nearby
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The following are excerpts of The Yomiuri Shimbun's interview with Princess Hisako.
Q: You also have devoted yourself to environmental protection.

A: Prince Takamado and myself were interested in this from the beginning. At first, Prince Takamado thought it would be difficult for the Imperial family to become involved in the issue as it related to politics to a certain extent.

However, after careful consideration, he concluded he could express his basic ideas on the issue. For example, in a talk about birds, I might say it would be nice if we could prevent them from becoming extinct as we cannot revive them once they die off.

Q: Do you feel Prince Takamado is always with you?

A: As he died so suddenly, I don't feel he is far from me. I feel as if he will return soon, even today. As I had a lot of opportunities to listen to his ideas, I and my clerical staff would think about what Prince Takamado would do in such and such a case. I don't really think of it as being 10 years [since he died]. I feel the years only when I consider our daughters' age.

Q: Princess Tsuguko was 16, Princess Noriko was 14 and Princess Ayako was 12 at that time.

A: After Prince Takamado died, I was worried about our daughters and cared for them as much as possible. But I was surprised to learn recently that they were worried about me. They used to wonder, "Do you think mother is OK, as she isn't sleeping much and has lost weight?" Children are reliable, although parents tend to regard them as too young.

Q: Is your position as the head of a branch of the Imperial family a heavy load?

A: Yes, it is. Unlike the time when Prince Takamado was the head, I have to make decisions in everything. I also considered balancing the position with that of a mother.
I told my daughters that once a father dies in a family with children, the mother must work to support the family. When I told them I would be absent from home more frequently as I had to do what their father did, they told me it was natural. [...]
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Tokyo pub honors memory of special customer, Prince Takamado
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Employees and patrons at a Japanese-style pub in Tokyo fondly recall the entrance of a first-time customer wearing his hat low at dusk one day in autumn 1998. As the “izakaya” started filling up with revelers, the man took a seat at a table in a corner and said with a smile, “I have come here at last.” [...] The newcomer was Prince Takamado, a first cousin of Emperor Akihito. [...]

His Highness had always said he wanted to visit a bar with a common touch, and he took action with two of his friends,” said Kazuaki Kojo, 77, one of the friends who accompanied the prince on his first visit to the establishment. The Prince drank a jug of beer and a glass of sake. He also devoured deep-fried tempura squid legs. Kojo said the prince repeatedly said to no one in particular: “This is good.” Used to strict rules and protocol as a member of the imperial family, the prince took a fancy to the “common” izakaya. In March 2000, organizers of the H.I.H. Prince Takamado Trophy All Japan Inter-Middle School English Oratorical Contest held a party at Masukame. The prince was the honorary president of the contest, and the party gave him a chance to fulfill his long desire to return to the pub. [...]

Whenever the prince and princess returned, they always sat at the table in the back.
They even treated Swedish Crown Princess Victoria to “yakitori” and "chuhai," a shochu-based beverage, at Masukame when she visited Japan.
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Videos, on occasion of the 10th anniversary of Prince Takamado´s death
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Princess Hisako Takamado attended the final match of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 at the Yokohama International Stadium, Kanagawa, Japan on December 16, 2012.



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Princess Hisako Takamado attended the 34th Empress's Cup All Japan Women's Football Tournament final match between INAC Kobe Leonessa and JEF United Chiba Ladies at Nack 5 Stadium Omiya on December 24, 2012 in Saitama, Japan.

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Princess Tsuguko has posed for photographs prior to her graduation ceremony at Waseda University in Tokyo on March 26, 2013.



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Princess Hisako Takamado left Sweden after the wedding via Finland
She admires the finnish designer Oiva Toikka very much and had informed to Fiskars, that she wanted to meet Toikka when she was changing planes in Helsinki.
The head of the press department of Fiskars tells that the meeting was warm and easy. One could say that the princess and Oiva Toikka are friends. The princess has admired Toikka's glass birds and other designs for years. There was a big exhibition of Toikka's works in Helsinki Design Museum in 2010, and the princess visited the exhibition. She came to Finland for a private visit. She met Toikka also then and they had dinner together. When Oiva Toikka visited Japan, the princess hosted a dinner for him.
The head of the press department tells that they know that the princess collects Toikka's birds, and the princess was given this year's bird.
Japanin prinsessa halusi tavata Oiva Toikan pikavisiitillään - Kuninkaalliset - Ilta-Sanomat
Designer Oiva Toikka's glass birds
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Princess Hisako Takamado has visited the Takeo City Library in Takeo, Saga, on August 5, 2013.



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Princess Tsuguko is on a four-day visit to Sri Lanka from August 19 - August 23 in response to an invitation extended to the Princess by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa during their visit to Japan in March this year.

Yesterday, August 20, she met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President's House in Kandy, 131 kms from Colombo.



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Thanks for the update!
The both parties seem to enjoy the visit very much.
Princess Tsugiko is a lovely woman. I like her classic ensemble very much.
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