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Old 09-02-2006, 03:36 AM
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Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, Princess Aiko and Crown Princess Masako, from left to right, arrive at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, to meet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko after returning from their summer vacation in the Netherlands. The rare overseas vacation by Japanese royal family was partly aimed at helping Masako recover from her stress-induced illness, officials said.
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Old 09-02-2006, 08:42 AM
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Lovely pictures of the three of them. Little Aiko is SUCH a doll baby-so beautiful and sweet-looking. Best wishes to Masako.

Old 09-02-2006, 10:11 AM
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Is it just me or does Masako look more rested and happy than we've seen her in a few years? In the first and second pictures of post 90, I think she looks genuinely happy.
Old 09-02-2006, 10:29 AM
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Emily..I agree. Masako looks radiant!
Old 09-02-2006, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Zonk1189
Emily..I agree. Masako looks radiant!
Yes, she does. I so hope that it helped her to get in contact with the other two Crown Princesses (Maxima and Mathilde) - maybe she made real contact to them and is able to talk to them about her difficult situation which is fortunately not so "unique" when it comes to the other two ladies. There are telephones and mails and other means of communication after all...

This could have been the beginning of a very good friendship..... .
As for Aiko becoming the next empress, I've never subscribed to the view that it is something her father and mother wished for her and thus I hope for a boy for Kiko, thus taking the strain of the unsolved question of succession away from princess Masako.
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Masako looks radiant!

Thank you all for the pictures and news.
Old 09-04-2006, 04:12 PM
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I wonder why this trip wasn't described as solely a visit to see Masako's parents rather than a vacation for stress related disorder. Seems like a strange PR tactic. BTW, I like Masako's hair a little longer!
Old 09-06-2006, 09:27 PM
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long live empress Masako & Emperor Naruhito

I'm happy for them to finally be able to relax and see her family, while Aiko meets kids of her age from a diff cultural background.
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Sunday September 10, 8:22 PM

Princess Aiko sees sumo live for 1st time

(Kyodo) _ Princess Aiko, the 4-year-old daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, watched sumo matches live for the first time on Sunday as the family visited Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan on the first day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
Old 09-10-2006, 06:58 PM
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Photos of Aiko watching sumo live with her parents for the 1st time.
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Old 09-10-2006, 07:02 PM
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How great! They look so happy together Masako's smiling.
I think that's one of the first's time when I see Aiko's so big smile.
Old 09-10-2006, 08:56 PM
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Aiko's joy and concentration at the matches are so endearing. They all look very happy. Thanks for posting!

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Old 09-11-2006, 12:34 AM
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all the pics are from NHK
#1:They arrived at Ryogoku Kokugikan .
I like Princess Aiko's dress!!very cute
She always wears cute dress.

#2:Princess Aiko is recording the game result.

Old 09-11-2006, 12:52 AM
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She looks so adorable! I think I read somewhere in this thread or another that she loves to watch sumo wrestling on t.v. (please correct me if I'm wrong!). I'm glad she's continuing to do fun things even after her trip.
Old 09-11-2006, 04:31 AM
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Masako looks happier now.
Old 09-11-2006, 12:54 PM
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Those are great photos. Aiko looks like she has such intense focus! And Masako looks just wonderful these days. I do wonder if a burden has been lifted from her shoulders with the birth of her nephew?
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So true Emily and who knows she may even fall pregnant now and give birth to a boy.

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true, she apparently knows many wrestlers names by heart to (or so it was reported in a dutch programme) AND she likes to repeat some of the wrestling tricks at home to!
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Aiko's smiling.

Masako's hat is gorgeous!

Thanks everybody for the photos!
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Thanks for the pix she is lovely
I think it is good luck for her not to reign.
She has a chance to lead a pressure free life

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