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Old 11-07-2017, 11:13 AM
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On November 7th, CP Naruhito and CP Masako attended a concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andris Nelsons, at Suntory Hall in Minato, Tokyo. The couple enjoyed pieces such as Tchaikovsky's violin concertos.

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Old 11-09-2017, 08:54 PM
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CP Naruhito and CP Masako will visit Kagawa Prefecture November 18-19th. The couple will arrive at Takamatsu airport on the morning of the 18th. They will visit Takamatsu Port, Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum of Art, and attend a meeting for the national festival. On the 19th, they will attend the 41st National Tree Raising Festival in Mannō and visit the Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station in Ayagawa before returning to Tokyo.

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Old 11-10-2017, 12:23 PM
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On November 10th, CP Naruhito and CP Masako attended the International Cosmos Prize 25th Anniversary Symposium held at the United Nations University in Shibuya, Tokyo. The International Cosmos Prize was established in commemoration of the International Garden and Greenery Exposition held in Osaka, Japan in 1990 (Expo '90 Foundation). The prize honors research or achievement promoting the theme "Harmonious Coexistence of Nature and Mankind" and was first awarded in 1993. This year's winner is Dr. Jane Goodall, British primatologist and anthropologist, expert on chimpanzees.

Photos: Sankei, Jiji
http://www.sankei.com/images/news/17...110021-p28.jpg
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Expo '90 Foundation - The Prizewinner 2017 - Dr. Jane Goodall
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Old 11-18-2017, 01:42 PM
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On November 18th, CP Naruhito and CP Masako arrived in Kagawa Prefecture in the morning. CP Naruhito visited Takamatsu Port's artworks and Isamu Noguchi Garden Art Museum in Takamatsu city and then attended an evening reception with festival officials. CP Masako did not participate in the art visits or evening reception; she was resting and preparing for tomorrow's 41st national [tree] growing ceremony in Mannō.

Photos/info: Sankei, Jiji 1, Jiji 2, Mainichi
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DO6wu-IVoAA7UDf.jpg

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Old 11-19-2017, 12:38 PM
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On November 19th, CP Naruhito and CP Masako attended the 41st National Tree Growing Festival in Mannō, Kagawa Prefecture. The couple gave fertilizer to trees planted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in 1988. CP Naruhito trimmed a tree. CP Masako attended this festival for the first time in 14 years since 2003, before entering long term medical treatment.

Afterward, the couple visited the prefectural agricultural testing site at Ayagawa Town to taste udon.

Photos/info: Asahi, Sankei

Twitter photos:
https://twitter.com/sakura7pinku/sta...69826323525632
https://twitter.com/sakura7pinku/sta...69955784962049
https://twitter.com/2011momiji/statu...73350654185472
https://twitter.com/zions2x/status/932250481417625601

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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DO91vh2UIAEdNQ1.jpg
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Old 11-20-2017, 02:50 PM
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Getty Images including more of the prefectural agricultural testing site.

https://twitter.com/SUTTONDAJIRO/sta...17990015197184

Of course, it's Japan so the National Tree Growing Festival has a mascot
https://www.city.kanonji.kagawa.jp/u...mage/12844.jpg
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On December 5th, CP Naruhito and CP Masako attended an award ceremony recognizing contributors to "Week of the Disabled" (Dec 3-9) in Chiyoda, Tokyo. CP Masako was quite moved listening to 8 year old Aoi Chino's speech about her younger brother with disabilities and needed to wipe tears at the end of the ceremony. The 2nd grade student from Abiko City, Chiba prefecture won the top prize in the elementary school composition category.

Photos: Jiji
https://twitter.com/sakura7pinku/sta...51278541750273
https://twitter.com/usasu_cat/status/938028929008394240
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:29 PM
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The more I see of CP Masako, the more I like her. She has a warm heart. I like her most recent fashion as well. The blue suit and coat are beautiful, and I noticed that the collar of the coat has some asymmetrical detail. This strikes me as being slightly daring for someone in the Japanese Imperial Family. The burgundy suit is a winner as well.
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The more I see of CP Masako, the more I like her. She has a warm heart.
I cannot agree more. She shows emotion and empathy. The Imperial Family and Japanese people are so lucky to have her as their future Empress. Her eyes shine when she is greeted by the public. And CP Naruhito's eyes shine everytime he looks at her.

CP Naruhito and CP Masako are definitely soulmates
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:26 PM
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Finally... Getty Images added the ceremony for Week of Persons with Disabilities on December 5th.
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I expect this is the wrong forum for this question, but I'm uncertain where to put it...
can anyone recommend a knowledgeable, recent biography of Crown Princess Masako?
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Crown prince in training, right on track to be new emperor: The Asahi Shimbun
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Naruhito will ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne in May 2019, ending the Heisei Era and starting his reign at age 59--the second-oldest emperor ever at the time of ascension.

The crown prince has hinted what sort of emperor he intends to be. Naruhito mentioned water control and other water-related issues he researches as his life’s work, saying that it is his “new public duty in step with the era.”

The comment is based on his ideas that solving water issues can contribute to the resolution of poverty, regional conflicts over water resources and the realization of peace. It seems fair to say that it is a new style of public duty corresponding to globalization.

“Seeing things through the lens of water, he is concerned with environmental problems, poverty and other issues commonly shared by the world,” said Kenzo Hiroki, 58, a former Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism official, who has worked with Naruhito. “I feel that he is strongly motivated to care for underprivileged people.”

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In last April, Masako attended an event at Gakushuin University’s Mejiro Campus in Tokyo, talking to visually disabled people at a booth set up to raise awareness of guide dogs.

“I clearly felt Masako-sama was kind enough to talk to me eye to eye,” Mitsuo Sakamoto, 71, who is blind, recalled.

According to Eye Mate Inc., an association that trains guide dogs, Masako has been visiting the booth almost every year since 2013 when she showed up with her husband and their daughter, Princess Aiko.


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Good to know CP Masako's making these private visits.
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Yes it is and I follow her closely for I am very fond of this young lady for she seems like a very likeable person wanting to do good and has had a tough time living with the IHA who control all aspects of the royals lives in that family.
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IHA added photos to a few of CP Naruhito and CP Masako's 2017 Q3 and Q4 audiences at Togu Palace.

July 25: Returning JOCV Overseas Volunteers

September 6: Osaka Youth Council Invited Foreigners

October 17: International Foundation Prize Winners
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CP Naruhito and CP Masako expressed condolences to the victims and injured from the Mount Kusatsu-Shirane eruption in Gunma Prefecture. CP Naruhito climbed the volcano twice, in 1979 and 1980; CP Masako skied at Kusatsu during her childhood.

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On January 31st, the CP family observed the lunar eclipse.

On February 1st, CP Naruhito and CP Masako invited the Ministry of Justice's director to Togu Palace for a meeting on rehabilitation for criminals and juvenile delinquents' return to society. The couple has a close interest in rehabilitation and pay close attention to socially vulnerable people. The meeting covered the history and structure of the rehabilitation system and partnership with volunteers.

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Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended a concert in Tokyo today, February 14:


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The concert featured Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer and commemorates the 100th anniversary of Lativa, Estonia, and Lithuania declaring independence after the Russian revolution.
Nikkei, https://twitter.com/estembassyjp/sta...87307890311168

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