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Old 04-13-2017, 12:43 PM
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The IHA announced Princess Yoko might not attend the spring garden party on the 20th due to a right knee sprain. Last month, she was walking with a friend when she felt dizzy from anemia and fell hard on her knees. The pain has increased and Princess Yoko visited the IHA hospital for diagnosis yesterday; recovery will take about a month and her public service activities will be reevaluated.

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Old 04-13-2017, 09:37 PM
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Princess Akiko visited Kagoshima Prefecture April 6-8 to attend the 50th anniversary commemorating the crew of battleship Yamato, which was sunk in the East China Sea on April 7, 1945. About 300 people including survivors and regional residents attended the ceremony. It was the first time in 48 years a member of the Imperial family attended the memorial; Prince Takamatsu represented in 1969.


It was to face the whole American fleet practically alone. Gasoline is provided only for one day. "We were all prepared to die." […] On the way, the crew is given a free flow of sake to ease the pain. "We were drunk. The officers were not so drunk, but we were drunk to the point of staggering. The officers and the us drank together. How could I possibly not drink, when I was ordered to?"
Yamato puts up a tremendous battle but being ill-equipped for aerial combat and being totally without air-support, the battle is hopeless. A bomb hits the ammunition storage of Yamato which explodes and sinks at 2.43 PM on 7th April. Less than 300 men survive out of 2700.
An astounding series of explosions onboard Yamato produced the mushroom cloud seen here shortly before she sank. […] One of the final photographs of the supership shows her severely damaged hull burning just prior to disappearing beneath the waves. When Yamato sank, marking the last Japanese naval action of the war, she took 2,747 men with her—all but 269 of her crew. Surrounding Japanese ships lost an additional 1,467 men.
Nearby destroyer Yukikaze picked almost three hundred horrified, exhausted and oily Yamato survivors from the sea. " We got orders to return to Kure, and I was put on a train. We were held in Kure for a month. So parents who knew about the Yamato sinking didn't see their sons for a month and a half. They gave up, thinking that their sons had died. " says Fukumoto. "But after I was rescued I gained real desire for life. I wanted more than ever to survive. It was the first time I was afraid of war."

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Old 04-21-2017, 03:04 AM
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Princess Akiko made a speech during the opening ceremony for the 27th National Confectionary Exposition in Ise, Mie Prefecture, today, April 21:

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Old 04-22-2017, 02:58 AM
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A bit more on Princess Akiko's visit to Mie Prefecture on April 20-21st from
  • She's the honorary president of the National Confectionary Expo
  • It's her first official visit to the prefecture
  • She also visited Mie Prefecture Museum and a high school to inspect confectionary and cooking practice
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