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Old 04-23-2018, 08:51 PM
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Tea party for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games athletes in July 2014. Apparently Princess Aiko is a fan of figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu and likes his axel jump. [...]
And, when Aiko was younger, her father spoke about her love of sumo, so she might like to provide her patronage to sporting organizations when she is of age. Although given all the scandals, would sumo be too contentious these days?
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Old 04-24-2018, 02:40 AM
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Yea.. sumo is unlikely. Tradition also forbids women from entering the sumo ring so I can't see a female patron. A few weeks ago, a referee tried to kick out women medics who entered the ring when a local mayor suddenly collapsed. The sumo chairman apologized later but still... hindering medical assistance?! O__o

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Although rare, female sumo wrestling does occur all over Japan at an amateur level. However, the JSA does not allow women to compete professionally, like their male counterparts.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-s...-idUSKBN1HN182
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:39 AM
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AP Archive. Mostly low/no sound.

Prince Yoshi's engagement to Hanako Tsugaru on February 28, 1964

State banquet for King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium in 1964

Princes Akiko in Argentina in 2013 for Japan's bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics

Princess Akiko in Chile in 2013.

Then-Princess Margrethe of Denmark visits Japan in 1963. CP Akihito and CP Michiko greet her upon arrival.

Nelson Mandela on state visit to Japan in 1995

Prince and Princess Takamado visit South Korea in 2002.


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Prime Minister Indira Gandhi meets Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako on June 25, 1969

Prince Charles visits in April 1970

March 1972 state banquet for Mexican President Luis Echeverria

November 1974 state banquet for US President Gerald Ford

Princess Sayako engagement press conference on December 30, 2004

Yoshiki Kuroda, Sayako's husband.
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Old 08-19-2018, 09:51 PM
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Princess Hisako attended the opening of her bird photography exhibition in Osaka on July 9, 2014:

Princess Hisako attended the 100th anniversary of AFS and 60th anniversary of AFS Japan at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo on November 22, 2014:

Princess Hisako in Morioka, Iwate for the 71st National Sports Festival on October 7, 2016:
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