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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.

Photos: 373news.com, amamishimbun.co.jp
https://twitter.com/373news_twit/sta...61364556791808

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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?"
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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.
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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.
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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 isenp.co.jp:
  • 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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https://twitter.com/ChuplusNewsbot/s...15045794521088
https://twitter.com/ntakeo3/status/855235845099364353
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Old 05-14-2017, 06:47 PM
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On May 11th, Princess Nobuko opened the 19th International Roses and Gardening Show at the MetLife Dome in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture.

Photos: Mainichi

She's mentioned in Photo Journal: Radiant roses - The Mainichi
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:56 AM
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On May 19th, IHA announced Princess Akiko will visit Switzerland privately May 30 - June 3 for speaking engagements at the University of Zurich and Asia Society. Both events are related to Japanese art.

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Old 06-06-2017, 01:17 AM
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Some photos and info on Princess Akiko's private visit to Switzerland.
https://twitter.com/uzh_news_en/stat...29136561192960
UZH - UZH News - UZH collaborating with Asia Society

On May 31st, she spoke at an art history colloquium at the University of Zurich.
UZH - URPP Asia and Europe - Routes and Paths: Knowledge Transfer in Asian Art
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Constructing the History of Japanese Art in the British Museum
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June 1st event at the Asia Society:
In Conversation: Princess Akiko of Mikasa | Switzerland | Asia Society
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HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa has been living Japanese tradition as a member of the Imperial Household, and has been researching its perception and influence in the West as an art historian. In a conversation with Swiss-Japanese fashion designer Kazu Huggler, she will discuss the role of traditions and rituals in modern Japanese society, and the influence of Japanese art and culture around the world.
She also visited the Johann Jacobs Museum at the Jacobs Haus.
https://twitter.com/a_guentzer/statu...68764065656832
Royal visit to the Jacobs Haus - Jacobs Foundation
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Old 06-06-2017, 09:31 PM
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On June 6th, members of the Imperial family and relatives attended a memorial ceremony on the 5th anniversary of Prince Tomohito's death at Toshima Oka cemetery. There was also a service at the Mikasa residence earlier.

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Old 06-09-2017, 12:34 AM
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On June 8th, members of the Imperial family and relatives attended a memorial ceremony on the 3rd anniversary of Prince Katsura's death at Toshima Oka Cemetery.

Photos: Asahi, Getty Images (includes Takamado and other Mikasa princesses)
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Old 06-10-2017, 12:35 AM
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On June 6th, members of the Imperial family and relatives attended a memorial ceremony on the 5th anniversary of Prince Tomohito's death at Toshima Oka cemetery. There was also a service at the Mikasa residence earlier.

Photos: Asahi
More photos at Sankei Imperial Weekly #490 and Getty Images
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Old 06-10-2017, 10:34 PM
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On June 3rd, Princess Nobuko attended the 36th Yokohama Port Festival opening ceremony in Yokohama, Kanazawa Prefecture.

Photo: townnews.co.jp
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Old 06-24-2017, 12:55 AM
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As a Visiting Fellow at Gakushuin University's Global Exchange Organization for Research and Education, Princess Akiko will visit the UK July 11-19th to participate in an international symposium on the study of Japanese culture abroad.

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Old 07-02-2017, 12:21 AM
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Princess Akiko has been working with Kyoto University students on a workshop plan to convey Japanese culture to children. They toured Kamigamo Shrine in Kita Ward, Kyoto on June 29th. Akiko is president of the organization "Shin Yuusha" in Chuo Ward, Osaka which has a similar mission. In collaboration with the organization, Kamigamo Shrine, and local residents, she and 8 students will hold a workshop in October where they will take children to the shrine's forest and explain restoration procedures using Hinoki cypress and the state of the roof before painting.

Source: kyoto-np.co.jp

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Old 07-03-2017, 05:38 PM
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The industrious and accomplished Akiko of Mikasa is a valuable asset for the monarchy.
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:39 PM
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The industrious and accomplished Akiko of Mikasa is a valuable asset for the monarchy.
Several of the princesses are real assets to the monarchy. Its all a pity that they have to go upon marriage.
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:05 PM
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For all their tradionl sides, the Japanese royals have encouraged their daughters to be well educated succesful members of society, As well as contributing to royal duties. Something common in other Asian and middle eastern families recent generations. Akiko is the second member if the family to obtain a PHD, Akishino being first. Like Mako, she balances a career working as an academic, with taking on royal duties.

Even if the male only, or male preference hopefully, remains, they need to reconsider this rule about women. They keep losing strong intelligent assets. With only one male in the next generation, unless the women all remain single, that puts huge pressure on the future crown prince.
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Old 07-04-2017, 02:13 AM
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I hope the IHA sends Princess Yoko on an official visit abroad someday. She's been abroad for kendo exhibitions and universal design conferences but I haven't found any diplomatic/official trips like her sister or cousins.
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Old 07-10-2017, 12:55 AM
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On July 9th, Princess Akiko attended the 4th Prince Tomohito Memorial World Grand Prix International Cycling Competition in Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture. She also visited the national team in the pit and was briefed by presidents of the Prefectural Cycling Federation and Japan Cycling Federation. The late Prince was devoted to promoting sports, such as cycling, and the event was renamed in remembrance since 2016.

Photo/article: https://twitter.com/shizuokatimes/st...93479357743104
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Old 07-15-2017, 01:55 AM
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On July 10th, Princess Yoko attended the IAUD Award briefing session in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. She is president of the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD).

On July 11th, Princess Yoko attended the "self-reliance grand prize" in Miyagi prefectural office in Aoba Ward, Sendai. She is in charge of the selection committee for the award, where her late father Prince Tomohito served as president. She met recipients of the "Independence Encouragement Award" and "Independence Support Achievement Award."

Photos 26-30 at Sankei Imperial Weekly #495

ETA: The IAUD Award honors organizations and individuals for innovative UD activities, and are accepting applications until September 15th.
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