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www.yahoo.com - Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito (2nd L) and Crown Princess Masako (L) are greeted by U.S. actress Angelina Jolie ® and Dutch director Jan De Bont as the royal couple arrive for the premiere of the film 'Lara Croft and the Cradle of Life:Tomb Raider 2,' in Tokyo September 2, 2003. All proceeds from the premiere will be given to charity. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Princess Masako returned to the her parent's home for the first time in 9 years.

with Crown prince Naruhito, Princess Aiko and her parents infront of her parents' home in Tokyo.
Thank you for the picture jun5. But why had Princess Masako not been home for 9 years? That seems like a VERY long time to me! (I remember in university missing home if I didn't go home once a month, let alone 9 years&#33 Do Masako's family live far away from the royal palace? I hope that even though Masako had not been home for 9 years her parents and siblings were able to visit her a lot and to spend time with little AiKo.
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Princess Aiko Visists Her Maternal Grandparents at Home

4 SEPTEMBER 2003
Twenty-one-month-old Princess Aiko of Japan made her first visit to the home of her maternal grandparents this week. Accompanied by her mum, Crown Princess Masako, the toddler was warmly welcomed by Hisashi and Yumiko Owada at their Tokyo residence.

The release of the intimate photos of the visit was further evidence of the new openness of approach adopted by the Japanese royal family in recent times.

Although Japan's laws of succession do not currently allow a female to ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne, Aiko's birth sparked much debate on the subject. Her parents had been trying to conceive for eight years before Crown Princess Masako suffered a miscarriage in 1999, making Aiko's arrival in 2001 - after the princess was treated by one of Japan's leading fertility specialists - an especially joyous occasion.

The fact remains, however, that no male heir has been born into the family for nearly four decades, leading to the subject of female accession becoming even more pressing.

"This is a politically sensitive issue, so we can't publicly admit we are researching the possibility," a senior palace source has said. "But as a matter of fact we are, and we would be negligent not to."

Should Crown Prince Naruhito, 43, and 39-year-old Masako not have a male offspring in the next few years, perhaps resulting in constitutional change, it would transform the status of women in one of the world's most conservative societies.

If she does end up ascending to the throne, Aiko would be the first Empress in two and a half centuries to reign over the world's oldest hereditary monarchy.
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Thank you for answering my question jun5. :flower:

One more ... This wasn't the first time that Masako's parents have met their granddaughter Aiko was it? They did come and visit Masako in the hospital or visisted Masko and Aiko soon after, too, right?
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Oh, Aiko's very cute. I'd like to squish those little cheeks..haha, oh, fat babies are the best. What is her full name? Does she have any other given names?
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Oh, Aiko's very cute. I'd like to squish those little cheeks..haha, oh, fat babies are the best. What is her full name? Does she have any other given names?
Her formal name is Her Imperial Highness Princess Aiko, and The Parsonal Title for Young Members : Princess Toshi (Toshi-no-Miya).
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Hi there :P !

It just came to my mind when I read the news about princess's first visit to her parents in 9 years, that she couldn't visit them probably simply because, besides all other small reasons, the imperial family didn't make it easier to do so.
I am sure it's something to do with old Japanese custom(old like almost millenium old). That is, when a woman gets married, it's considered that she becomes a member of her husband's family, not anymore of her own parents'. If she gets lucky, she is given a "vacation" once a year or so, to spend a few days with her parents, but often times it happened that a wife never got to see her parents.
Such custom was practiced for centuries not just among imperial families, but also among all the aristocrats and some other middle class and even lower classes.
If anybody wants to have a grip of such way of life, it would be a good start to read "Genji Monogatari(*)".
Of course, nowadays wifes can freely visit their parents(hm.. maybe not that freely, but.. you know what I mean). But I think at least the imperial family still strictly follows lots of those rules even up to this date. In a way I feel sorry. I'm quite sure the princess wants to spend much more time with her family and also let the parents enjoy their granddaughter. Oh, I myself have a daughter 6 months yonger than Aiko. So I know what it feels like.

*"The Genji Tale(A tale of Genji)"(writte in 1001-1005) by Murasaki Shikibu. A story of whole life of prince Genji. Fiction. The oldest long(multi-volumed) novel in the world.
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