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Old 02-27-2019, 03:54 AM
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Yes, Taro Aso is voicing a legitimate concern yet blaming/shaming young people or women into having children isn't the solution. It's also irresponsible to have children without stable finances, housing, etc. PM Shinzo Abe's policies encouraging women to rejoin or stay in the workforce has seen limited success.

Princess Akiko visited Nagano Prefecture February 19-21 for the Chichibunomiya Cup 92nd All Japan Student Ski Championship.

2 blurry faraway photos...
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

Princess Nobuko visited Ishikawa Prefecture February 21-22 to attend the 2019 JCI Kanazawa Conference.
https://www.facebook.com/teresap621/...83640238377712
https://www.facebook.com/zacharias.c...56023006076269

JCI Kanazawa Conference 2019 [February 22 (Fri) - 24 (Sun) in 2019]
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By families and workplaces, each one recognizes each other, deepening comprehensive understanding leads to a rich society. From the view point of Princess Tomohito of Mikasa and women executives from local corporations approach the meaning, achievement, impact and other possibility of women success.
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Old 03-02-2019, 03:25 AM
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On December 18, 2018, Princess Akiko visited the Tsudanuma Campus of Chiba Institute of Technology where she toured the Planetary Exploration Research Center (PERC), Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRo), and other facilities.

PERC is conducting collaborative research with the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology, which is conducting an excavation survey of Kaman-Kalehöyük ruins. A director of PERC attended Princess Akiko's inauguration ceremony as President of the Prince Mikasa Memorial Foundation when she visited Turkey in September. The foundation supports research activities on archeology, culture and history in the Anatolia region.

Photos: it-chiba.ac.jp

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Old 03-10-2019, 04:55 PM
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Hurray! Shinyusha posted on 2 January workshops.

January 26: "Welcome to world of costumes - Sokui no Rei" at Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto

Shinyusha and Kyoto Sangyo University students spent about half a year planning and organizing this workshop (reminder: just for 12 children!). The goal was to make the enthronement "Sokui no Rei" feel closer to children. This will be last workshop for some 4th year Kyoto Sangyo University students before graduation.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...79107025537465

January 27: desktop calendar at Tokyo Daijingū

Elementary school students and adults created calendars using Ise-katagami, a traditional paper stencil craft for dyeing textiles from Mie Prefecture.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...79178805530287

Princess Akiko's book "Japanese Art: Untold Stories Last Artisans" was published on February 27th. Click the orange/white eyes button below the cover thumbnail to view a 9-page preview at https://www.shogakukan.co.jp/books/09388667

Her earlier book "Japanese Art: Untold Stories" was published on December 15, 2015. 7-page preview at https://www.shogakukan.co.jp/books/09388454

Both books cost 4000 yen ($36USD) and are 272 pages.
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Old 03-11-2019, 08:50 AM
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Hurray! Shinyusha posted on 2 January workshops.

January 26: "Welcome to world of costumes - Sokui no Rei" at Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto

Shinyusha and Kyoto Sangyo University students spent about half a year planning and organizing this workshop (reminder: just for 12 children!). The goal was to make the enthronement "Sokui no Rei" feel closer to children. This will be last workshop for some 4th year Kyoto Sangyo University students before graduation.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...79107025537465

January 27: desktop calendar at Tokyo Daijingū

Elementary school students and adults created calendars using Ise-katagami, a traditional paper stencil craft for dyeing textiles from Mie Prefecture.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...79178805530287

Princess Akiko's book "Japanese Art: Untold Stories Last Artisans" was published on February 27th. Click the orange/white eyes button below the cover thumbnail to view a 9-page preview at https://www.shogakukan.co.jp/books/09388667

Her earlier book "Japanese Art: Untold Stories" was published on December 15, 2015. 7-page preview at https://www.shogakukan.co.jp/books/09388454

Both books cost 4000 yen ($36USD) and are 272 pages.
I love the photos, it really looks as though they were well thought out workshops, and as though the people involved had a wonderful time.

The more I read about Princess Akiko, the more I am appreciating her. Her interest in traditional Japanese arts, skills and traditions is admirable, and very worthwhile. She seems to have found a way to use her Imperial status to make a meaningful contribution, and that is a very tricky thing to manage.
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Old 03-20-2019, 03:18 AM
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On March 18th, Princess Nobuko attended the 70th anniversary ceremony of the Japan Psychiatric Hospital Association at the Palace Hotel Tokyo.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/mkawano2416...96418573874075

On March 18th, Princess Akiko attended the graduation ceremony at Dazaifu Tenmangu kindergarten. Her cultural organization Shinyusha hosted Japanese tea and sweets workshops for the children during the school year.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...93763387405162

Ista, me too! I wish she got more recognition!

ETA: On March 19th, Princess Akiko attended the opening of the special exhibition "2019 Turkish Culture Year: The Treasures and the Tradition of "Lâle" in the Ottoman Empire" at the National Art Center in Tokyo.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/MehmetErsoy...71446566693335
https://www.instagram.com/p/BvL0LM5HWot/

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Old 03-20-2019, 07:39 PM
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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
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Princess Akiko, with Kabuki actors Nakamura Kankurō VI and Nakamura Shichinosuke II, held a workshop on October 27th for 250 children and adults at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine in Kyoto. They are sons of late Kabuki actor Nakamura Kanzaburō XVIII, who was a close friend of Prince Tomohito. Both fathers died in 2012.

In the opening greetings, Akiko dedicated Kabuki at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine and became emotional, wiping away tears.
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January 26: "Welcome to world of costumes - Sokui no Rei" at Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto

Shinyusha and Kyoto Sangyo University students spent about half a year planning and organizing this workshop (reminder: just for 12 children!). The goal was to make the enthronement "Sokui no Rei" feel closer to children. This will be last workshop for some 4th year Kyoto Sangyo University students before graduation.
She radiates good nature and approachability in the pictures of her interactions with the children.

I appreciate your mentioning these easily missed details (wiping away tears, working half a year to prepare for 12 children), because they communicate a profound sense that Akiko and her colleagues' activities are far from superficial and they are truly dedicated to their mission of educating the next generation to preserve precious traditions.


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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.
I wasn't aware of that - I wonder if the imperial family has been able to keep to so many traditions because of (and not in spite of) pragmatic innovations such as designing lighter versions of traditional clothing.


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ETA: On March 19th, Princess Akiko attended the opening of the special exhibition "2019 Turkish Culture Year: The Treasures and the Tradition of "Lâle" in the Ottoman Empire" at the National Art Center in Tokyo.
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On December 18, 2018, Princess Akiko visited the Tsudanuma Campus of Chiba Institute of Technology where she toured the Planetary Exploration Research Center (PERC), Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRo), and other facilities.

PERC is conducting collaborative research with the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology, which is conducting an excavation survey of Kaman-Kalehöyük ruins. A director of PERC attended Princess Akiko's inauguration ceremony as President of the Prince Mikasa Memorial Foundation when she visited Turkey in September. The foundation supports research activities on archeology, culture and history in the Anatolia region.
Whatever interrelation exists between planetary exploration and Anatolian ancient ruins, it has the sound of a concept which only an erudite academic (that is, Princess Akiko ) could hope to comprehend, but it sounds intriguing.

She seems to be hitting the ground running with programs relating to Anatolia/Turkey. I wonder if Turkey left a lasting impression on her or vice versa.


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The more I read about Princess Akiko, the more I am appreciating her. Her interest in traditional Japanese arts, skills and traditions is admirable, and very worthwhile. She seems to have found a way to use her Imperial status to make a meaningful contribution, and that is a very tricky thing to manage.
I am in full agreement with you, Ista. Thank you to Prisma for keeping us informed regarding her activities, since the Mikasas and Takamados regrettably may as well not exist as far as the Western press is concerned.




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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
Quite the educational blog - the procedure of cleaning a sword takes up an entire page of instructions. I wonder about the Meiji government's motive for outlawing the bearing of swords in public in 1867. Perhaps there was concern from the modern young nation-state about the connotations of the outdated feudal system?


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Princess Nobuko visited Ishikawa Prefecture February 21-22 to attend the 2019 JCI Kanazawa Conference.
https://www.facebook.com/teresap621/...83640238377712
https://www.facebook.com/zacharias.c...56023006076269

JCI Kanazawa Conference 2019 [February 22 (Fri) - 24 (Sun) in 2019]

This forum is held with the theme of "Working women for women". Even though there are more opportunities for women at workplace lately, it is also true that work place is not yet a women friendly workplace.
By families and workplaces, each one recognizes each other, deepening comprehensive understanding leads to a rich society. From the view point of Princess Tomohito of Mikasa and women executives from local corporations approach the meaning, achievement, impact and other possibility of women success.
Perhaps she snapped a few photographs/videos to send to her brother ...
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Old 03-24-2019, 01:10 AM
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[...] I am in full agreement with you, Ista. Thank you to Prisma for keeping us informed regarding her activities, since the Mikasas and Takamados regrettably may as well not exist as far as the Western press is concerned.

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Perhaps she snapped a few photographs/videos to send to her brother ...
You're welcome! The Mikasas and Takamados barely exist for the Japanese media as well, expect for wedding news. Occasionally Sankei or Mainichi will cover an event for Princess Akiko or Hisako. I have more luck searching social network or the event/organizer's website.

I wonder about gatherings with the Aso side of the family. Maybe everyone's polite and avoids the women empowerment subject or simply sighs/eye rolls at Taro Aso's latest gaffe.


On March 1st, Princess Nobuko attended the 23rd Women's Health and Working Styles Forum / Women's Health and Work-Life Balance Awards ceremony at the Japan Press Center in Tokyo.

Princess Nobuko is honorary president of Women's Healthcare Awareness & Menopause Network. The forum featured lectures on a lifestyle's effect on the brain, menopause and the lack of understanding about hormones and menstrual disorders.

This year's winners:
Covidien Japan: promotes diversity, 90% paid leave, partners with childcare facilities, supports childcare expenses, allows telework system to balance childcare, nursing, and career; setup childcare facilities for women doctors so they can receive surgical training
DoCoMo Healthcare: 50% female with 25% in management, develops apps for women's heath
Marui Kenpo: 50% female, promotes women's health literacy, encourages wellness meetings and women's medical exams

Photos: www.meno-sg.net/?p=3396
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Old 03-30-2019, 11:33 PM
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On March 24th, Princess Akiko and her cultural organization Shinyusha held a "Kutani Seal pottery decoration" workshop at Samukawa Shrine in Samukawa, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...08769379237896
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:13 AM
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Princess Akiko's cultural organization Shinyusha redesigned their website!

https://shinyusha.or.jp

Shinyusha also has a mascot, Yukihime-chan and sticker for Japan's texting app LINE

Yuki = snow, Princess Akiko's personal emblem
hime = usually translated as "princess" although another translation is a young lady of higher birth
chan = common honorific for children, girls, and things cute

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Old 04-01-2019, 05:04 AM
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Thank you Prisma!! What a lovely mascot!!!
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Old 04-13-2019, 02:31 PM
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From March 7-11th, Princess Nobuko and Princess Akiko attended the 90th International Miyasama Ski Games in Hokkaido.

Photos: https://yomu.tv/VROc5
www.sapporonichidai.ed.jp
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater


Copied photos to twitter:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4BSaA_UEAAiTZ9.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4BScSnUIAE-CP7.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4BSh1EUYAAxuuN.jpg
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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4DboIjU0AAtK5c.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4DbppuUcAADXPv.jpg

ETA: Some lucky skiers got a group photo with Princess Akiko at a ramen shop in Aomori Prefecture recently.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4DhmckUwAAu857.jpg
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On March 31st, Princess Akiko visited the "Japanese and Western Court Fashion" exhibition at Kyoritsu Women's University Museum in Chiyoda, Tokyo.

Photos: kyoritsu-wu.ac.jp

ETA: Princess Akiko recently gave an interview about bonbonniere for https://intojapanwaraku.com/craft/2501/

https://intojapanwaraku.com/wp-conte...ub-620x639.jpg
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:39 PM
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On April 22nd, Princess Yoko attended the spring festival at Yasukuni Shrine.
https://twitter.com/gosinpaikigan/st...85587730030593
https://twitter.com/gosinpaikigan/st...47175290576896
https://twitter.com/gosinpaikigan/st...47514551111681

On April 23rd, Princess Akiko attended the spring festival at Yasukuni Shrine.
https://twitter.com/gosinpaikigan/st...61382053810182
https://twitter.com/gosinpaikigan/st...63073222209536

fyi - Emperor Showa (Hirohito) and Emperor Akihito no longer visit Yasukuni Shrine after convicted Class A war criminals were enshrined in 1978. I don't expect soon-to-be Emperor Naruhito or Crown Prince Akishino to visit either. This task seems assigned to the Mikasa or Takamado members.
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Old 04-25-2019, 01:11 AM
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From March 15-17, Princess Akiko attended the 40th Handicap Ski Competition in Hokkaido.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D47yUyHVUAArweN.jpg
https://www.instagram.com/p/BvFlwU4FTVx/

On April 22nd, Princess Akiko attended the finish of La Festa Primavera 2019 (timed road rally for vintage cars) and reception in Kyoto.

Photos:
https://www.facebook.com/27829551553...type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/kadokawadai...08773632492936
https://www.facebook.com/kadokawadai...08823199154646

On April 24th, Princess Akiko attended Fukuoka Prefecture's celebration for Emperor Akihito's 30-year reign.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinya.tona...91547404258626

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On April 21st, Princess Nobuko attended the All Japan Judo Championships at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.
Photos: Newscom

Old news: On January 13th, Princess Nobuko attended the Kodokan Kagami Biraki (opening round rice cakes) Ceremony at the Kodokan Judo Institute.
Photos: 2019 Kodokan Kagami Biraki Ceremony was held | Kodokan Judo Institute
平成31年 講道館 鏡開式が行われました | 講道館
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On May 10th, the IHA announced Princess Akiko has been appointed honorary president of the Japan Rugby Football Union. The position has been vacant since her father Prince Tomohito's passing in June 2012. The organization was founded as the Japan Rugby Football League in 1915.

Japan hosts the 2019 Rugby World Cup with Crown Prince Akishino as honorary president of the event.

Source: Sankei
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Princess Akiko's cultural organization Shinyusha redesigned their website!

https://shinyusha.or.jp

Shinyusha also has a mascot, Yukihime-chan and sticker for Japan's texting app LINE

Yuki = snow, Princess Akiko's personal emblem
hime = usually translated as "princess" although another translation is a young lady of higher birth
chan = common honorific for children, girls, and things cute

Attachment 301715
Very sweet, and a nice medium between traditional and fashionable. I love the reference to Princess Akiko's emblem.

By the way, when did she found Shinyusha and launch its website? I wonder if the redesign indicates that Akiko intends to maintain her role there in the long term, potentially even after marriage.


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On May 10th, the IHA announced Princess Akiko has been appointed honorary president of the Japan Rugby Football Union. The position has been vacant since her father Prince Tomohito's passing in June 2012. The organization was founded as the Japan Rugby Football League in 1915.

Japan hosts the 2019 Rugby World Cup with Crown Prince Akishino as honorary president of the event.

Source: Sankei
I wonder why there was a 7-year gap. Is the honorary presidency an acknowledgement of the charitable work she has done over the last few years, perhaps?
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[...] By the way, when did she found Shinyusha and launch its website? I wonder if the redesign indicates that Akiko intends to maintain her role there in the long term, potentially even after marriage.

[...]

I wonder why there was a 7-year gap. Is the honorary presidency an acknowledgement of the charitable work she has done over the last few years, perhaps?
Shinyusha was founded on April 1, 2012 (Heisei 24) according to its About page: 平成2 4 年4月1日 (Google got better translating the era format. It's often incorrect.)

I wonder about the 7-year gap too. Maybe the IHA or Mikasa family needed time to figure out who was going to take the patronage of Japan Rugby Football Union.


On May 16th, Princess Akiko attended the opening ceremony of the 40th All Japan Selected Junior Tennis Championships "DUNLOP SRIXON CUP" at the Tennis Training Center in Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture.

Photos: https://twitter.com/dunloptennisjp/s...33891488296960

Interview with Princess Akiko about "Kinkarakawashi", a luxury Japanese paper exported to European countries mainly as wallpaper during the Edo period.

Photos: https://intojapanwaraku.com/craft/1311/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BuunTT3Azg6/
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The Mikasa Family Thread

On February 1st, Princess Yoko visited the city hall of Uki, Kumamoto Prefecture to introduce "Comuoon" a communication support system with NPO Japan Universal Sound Design Association.

Photo: city.uki.kumamoto.jp PDF

On February 2nd, Princess Yoko presented at a Hearing seminar in Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture. She spoke about her own hearing loss and discussed activities to create a society where people with disabilities are accepted. She visited Shinichiro Nakaishi privately to learn about his company's "Comuoon" communication support system.

Photo: https://tenon.site/2019/04/12/comuoon/
https://twitter.com/ImperialJPNfan/s...79573967204352

Princess Yoko's hearing impairment could be the reason she doesn't attend general public greetings. The crowds are noisy despite the royals standing in a glass enclosure.
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Shinyusha was founded on April 1, 2012 (Heisei 24) according to its About page: 平成2 4 年4月1日 (Google got better translating the era format. It's often incorrect.)
Thanks, Prisma! I wonder how it will be handled if and when she marries given that it is her own foundation but the nature of the work it does has the appearance of connection to her role as a princess. Do you know whether there is any precedent?

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On February 1st, Princess Yoko visited the city hall of Uki, Kumamoto Prefecture to introduce "Comuoon" a communication support system with NPO Japan Universal Sound Design Association.

Photo: city.uki.kumamoto.jp PDF

On February 2nd, Princess Yoko presented at a Hearing seminar in Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture. She spoke about her own hearing loss and discussed activities to create a society where people with disabilities are accepted. She visited Shinichiro Nakaishi privately to learn about his company's "Comuoon" communication support system.

Photo: https://tenon.site/2019/04/12/comuoon/
https://twitter.com/ImperialJPNfan/s...79573967204352

Princess Yoko's hearing impairment could be the reason she doesn't attend general public greetings. The crowds are noisy despite the royals standing in a glass enclosure.
Kudos to her for speaking about her own disability! For public greetings, wouldn't the noise be less disturbing to a person who is hard of hearing than one who has perfect hearing?
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