Address by His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince
on the Occasion of the Opening Ceremony of
the International Quantum Electronics Conference 2005 and
the Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2005
Monday, July 11, 2005
Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/koutaishi/...01.html#elec-e
Thank you for the regular updates on Crown Prince Naruhito's engagements. Any update on how Crown Princess Masako's health is? Or what Princess Aiko is up to? We havent' seen much of either Masako or Aiko lately, but Naruhito has been busy welcoming lots of internatinal guests.
Princess Masako have actually performed duties in receiving guests at her palace. She have received Crown Princes and Princesses from Europe who came to visit the Aichi Expo. She just doesn't appear at the entrance of the Togu Palace but she actually welcomes them inside the palace when the press is not there. She also frequently introduce Princess Aiko to these royals. Princess Masako have also farewell and welcomed the emperor and empress at the airport and Imperial Palace when they travelled overseas to perform official duties.
Princess Aiko now spents 2 hours twice a week at the National Children's Castle in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward to have fun with children that are of the same age as her. She does music, art and other activities with them. At the children's castle, she is given instruction in working with clay, painting and music, and she also sometimes play in a swimming pool.
Cute photos from Newscom of Princess Aiko and a photo of a paper collage done by Princess Aiko and her mother
I like the Dec 1, 2002 photo celebrating Princess Aiko' 1st birthday, a very nice picture of the family. This photo was taken when Princess Aiko wanted her dad to hold her and Princess Masako pass her daughter to her husband. You can see that Prince Naruhito's hand is actually touching Princess Masako. We seldomly see a photo like this one.
Crown Princess Masako under pressure to produce an heir
Reporter: Mark Simkin
HEATHER EWART: It's a familiar scenario: the heir to an ancient crown marries a charismatic and thoroughly modern young woman who gains a massive popular following but loses her way within the rigid confines of royal protocol. I'm not talking about the late Princess Diana, but Crown Princess Masako, wife of the heir to Japan's Chrysanthemum throne. The Princess has been under enormous pressure to produce a male heir, and that's thought to have contributed to a bout of depression. She's been unable to perform official duties for more than a year, only recently making a tentative return to the spotlight. North Asia correspondent Mark Simkin reports.....
Japan`s Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako arrived at Nagoya Station, central Japan, Wednesday, July 20, 2005. Crown Princess Masako embarked Wednesday on her first official trip outside Tokyo since she withdrew from public duties a year and a half ago due to stress-induced health problems, palace officials said.
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Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife Crown Princess Masako wave to wellwishers upon their arrival at the UK pavilion at the 2005 World Exposition in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, 20 July 2005. Japan's stressed Crown Princess Masako returned to limited official duties outside Tokyo with a day trip to the World Exposition, about 20 months after she retreated from public view. Masako and her husband Crown Prince Naruhito took a bullet train to visit the World Expo, an international showcase of technology in the central Aichi province, 250 kilometers (160 miles) west of Tokyo.