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Old 12-19-2018, 01:21 PM
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That sounds like so.much.fun! I wonder if we will get to see photos of this?
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Old 12-19-2018, 11:33 PM
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Most likely Shinyusha will update Facebook although it might be weeks or months later.
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Old 12-20-2018, 11:18 PM
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A bit more on Princess Nobuko's November 19-21 Fukushima trip, she visited IHI Green Energy Center in Soma city on the 21st.
Photo: https://www.city.soma.fukushima.jp/t...kijino=9405562

Princess Nobuko visited Osaka for the International Judo Federation (IJF) Grand Slam Osaka 2018 competition from November 23-26.

Photos: https://www.euronews.com/2018/11/23/...ds-out-of-four
https://www.ijf.org/news/show/osaka-...-day-1-results

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Old 01-16-2019, 01:35 AM
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Princess Akiko attended NBTHK's Second National Convention on November 24, 2018.
NBTHK = Nippon Bijutsu Tōken Hozon Kyōkai

Source: Blog TOUKEN MATSUMOTO, PURVEYORS OF AUTHENTIC JAPANESE SWORDS


Princess Yoko attended the 52nd Miyasama Charity Bowling Competition at Shinagawa Prince Hotel on November 25, 2018.

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Old 01-18-2019, 03:03 AM
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On January 12th, Princess Nobuko attended the 55th National University Rugby Championship at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo.

Sankei Imperial Weekly #574

https://twitter.com/UnivRugbyJP/stat...28616780869635
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Old 01-19-2019, 11:27 PM
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Princess Akiko attended a traditional performance at Kioi Hall in Tokyo on November 6, 2018.

Photos: https://japo-net.or.jp/4398
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The Japan-British Society Awards 2018 : The Japan-British Society
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At the Society’s Annual Dinner on 4th December, H.I.H. Princess Akiko of Mikasa presented inscribed silverware to Ms. Miyako Yoshida and Mr. Robert Williams, the recipients of this year’s Japan-British Society Awards, for their contributions to the furthering of Anglo-Japanese relations.
Princess Akiko with traditional puppeteer Kiritake Kanjūrō in early January 2019.

Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/kanjurou/ph...type=3&theater
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:24 AM
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On January 24th, the IHA announced Princess Yuriko was hospitalized for influenza A at St. Luke's International Hospital. The 95-year-old princess has a 37 degree fever but no serious symptoms. She visited the hospital on the 22nd for fever as well. Princess Yuriko got the flu shot last November.

Hospitalization is a precaution due to her age; she is expected to stay about a week.

Source: Sankei

Wishing the princess a speedy recovery.
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Old 01-26-2019, 01:33 AM
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Remember the rice Princess Akiko and Kokugakuin University students grew in Niigata Prefecture? On December 1, 2018, Princess Akiko dedicated some of that rice at the monthly festival at Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara Prefecture. With the local scouts, the group enjoyed a meal with rice cooked in bamboo stalks and did some dancing.

Facebook photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...12271795554322


In early January, Princess Akiko visited Bunraku puppeteer Kiritake Kanjūrōu III.

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Old 01-26-2019, 11:49 PM
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[...] Princess Akiko's cultural organization Shinyusha will hold an enthronement clothing workshop on Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto on January 26, 2019. Titled "Welcome to world of costumes - Sokui no Rei," participants will learn about traditional Heian attire and get to wear the clothes.

Space is limited to 12 children
Deadline to apply: December 31, 2018
Approximate schedule for January 26:
12:30 reception
13:00 workshop starts
13:45 dressing begins
16:30 end
Attire: collar free clothes, pants. No skirts.

Facebook post/photo: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...&__tn__=EEHH-R
Update on this costume workshop!

The 12 elementary and junior high school students were divided into 4 booths where Princess Akiko and Shinyusha explained the role of costumes, the differences between Heian era clothes and actual clothing worn by the Imperial family nowadays (modern version is lighter). They also learned about Imperial family rituals and a game with clamshells. The 12 participants tried on a type of cotton, casual wear for Heian era aristocrats and everyone worshiped at Kamigamo Shrine.

Sources: Sankei, kyoto-np.co.jp

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Old 02-01-2019, 01:45 AM
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more photos from Sankei Imperial Weekly #576, Mainichi and Facebook photo

Princess Akiko also tried on a Jūnihitoe. She looks so ready for the enthronement! I hope to get a good view her in October. Might be tricky as she's the shortest of the princesses and since the government is following the same format as 1990, she'll end up hidden in the back row.

Unless the format changes, the only way she'll stand in the front row is if one of the Akishino princesses or her mother Nobuko don't attend... which is unlikely...

https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...010009-p11.jpg
https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...010009-p12.jpg
https://cdn.mainichi.jp/vol1/2019/01...0030000p/9.jpg
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Thanks Prisma!!

Princess Akiko is so lovely! And yes i don't think that she will be in fron row in October.
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Old 02-01-2019, 02:43 PM
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What wonderful photos, and don't the young people look as though they are having fun!

The Junhitoe is beautiful although I suspect you are right, and that is the closest we are likely to getting in seeing what she would wear for the enthronement. She is tiny.
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On February 9th, Princess Yuriko was discharged from St. Luke's International Hospital. She had been hospitalized since January 24 for influenza. Her temperature returned to normal within days; she stayed longer due to her advanced age and to recover muscle strength.

Sources: Mainichi, Sankei
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On January 20th, Princess Akiko and her cultural organization Shinyusha held a "Sumie ink wash painting" workshop with artist Tomoyuki Kambe at Hokkaidō Shrine in Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture.

The children learned about inks and techniques and then practiced for a bit before working as a group on a larger project. Everyone worshipped at the shrine afterward.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...35970433184458
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Old 02-09-2019, 04:49 PM
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Thanks for posting this. Akiko seems to be doing quite a few activities with children; is that a particular interest of hers?
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Thanks for posting this. Akiko seems to be doing quite a few activities with children; is that a particular interest of hers?
You're welcome! Yes, I think so. The goal of her organization Shinyusha is to teach the next generation about Japan's traditions and culture.
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You're welcome! Yes, I think so. The goal of her organization Shinyusha is to teach the next generation about Japan's traditions and culture.
That is an excellent objective, and I'll be looking forward to seeing more of her activities. I did not know much about Akiko, but am really admiring her work and the way she presents herself.
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I'm checking the Shinyusha's Facebook page daily, hoping Princess Akiko or her team have posted about the costume workshop in January.

Family related news... Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso's latest gaffe blames childless people for the country's low birth rate and social security costs.

Taro Aso is Princess Nobuko's older brother and thus uncle to Princesses Akiko and Yoko. Hmph. I wonder how much he dislikes the fact his nieces are still unmarried and childless.

Japan finance minister Aso sorry for criticizing the childless - The Mainichi

EDITORIAL: Aso's offensive remark reflects mentality of Abe administration: The Asahi Shimbun
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Although Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso retracted and apologized for his latest offensive comment, he must have meant exactly what he said.

Referring to the nation’s low birthrate and inexorable graying of the population during a political debriefing session in Fukuoka Prefecture on Feb. 3, Aso stated: “There are too many screwballs who blame senior citizens (for those problems), but they are wrong. On the contrary, the problem lies with people who didn’t bear, or are not bearing, any children.”

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Family related news... Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso's latest gaffe blames childless people for the country's low birth rate and social security costs.

Taro Aso is Princess Nobuko's older brother and thus uncle to Princesses Akiko and Yoko. Hmph. I wonder how much he dislikes the fact his nieces are still unmarried and childless.

Japan finance minister Aso sorry for criticizing the childless - The Mainichi

EDITORIAL: Aso's offensive remark reflects mentality of Abe administration: The Asahi Shimbun
I'm surprised ... by the apology, given that (if I'm not mistaken) he hasn't apologized for most of his earlier (and more provoking) gaffes, including his comments on the assorted nepotism and sexual harassment scandals in his ministry and the prime minister's office last year. E.g.,

Taro Aso repeats comment on alleged sexual harassment that sparked nationwide protest one day earlier | The Japan Times
Taro Aso's sexist remarks voted as worst in 2018 in online survey:The Asahi Shimbun

As Mako and Kei Komuro's engagement continues to be delayed, I've wondered which failings of Kayo Komuro make her a less unacceptable in-law for the imperial family than Taro Aso ...
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:08 AM
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I'm checking the Shinyusha's Facebook page daily, hoping Princess Akiko or her team have posted about the costume workshop in January.

Family related news... Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso's latest gaffe blames childless people for the country's low birth rate and social security costs.

Taro Aso is Princess Nobuko's older brother and thus uncle to Princesses Akiko and Yoko. Hmph. I wonder how much he dislikes the fact his nieces are still unmarried and childless.

Japan finance minister Aso sorry for criticizing the childless - The Mainichi

EDITORIAL: Aso's offensive remark reflects mentality of Abe administration: The Asahi Shimbun
This is anecdotal, but perhaps can lend a tiny bit of context to Taro Aso's unfortunate, but probably intentional remarks: there is increasing awareness and concern in Japan about the declining birth rate. It was something we heard discussed frequently and read about while we were in Japan. Everyone we talked to was very conscious that the current level of health care and other benefits would not be sustainable unless there was a greater influx of young workers to contribute to it. Right now, more and more people are choosing to have fewer children, and there is a lot of concern about that.

So, while Aso's comments are offensive, they are putting into words something that is a genuine concern of a lot of people, not just the conservative and traditionalist elements of Abe's party.
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