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Old 04-11-2006, 12:43 AM
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Japan's Princess Aiko , accompanied by her parents Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, arrives at the Gakushuin Kindergarten to attend the entrance ceremony in Tokyo 11 April 2006.

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Old 04-11-2006, 12:46 AM
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masako look great, very happy!
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Japan's Princess Aiko, 4, starts kindergarten
TOKYO (Reuters) - Clutching her mother's hand and smiling briefly at TV cameras, Japan's 4-year-old Princess Aiko -- the only child of the direct heir to the throne -- started her first day of kindergarten on Tuesday.

Aiko, wearing a uniform with a pleated blue skirt, matching jacket and hat with a downturned brim, arrived at the elite Gakushuin Kindergarten in Tokyo with her parents, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. Shortly before going into the school to join about 50 children for an entrance ceremony, Aiko dropped her father's hand and latched on to her mother........................
http://go.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle....s/uk/worldNews

Princess Aiko enters kindergarten in Tokyo
.............The young princess is set to spend two years at Gakushuin Kindergarten in Tokyo's Mejiro district.
Princess Aiko arrived at the kindergarten at about 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, holding the hands of her parents. She was dressed in a navy-blue uniform, and held a bag decorated with a dog pattern. At times she was seen smiling, tugging at Crown Princess Masako's hand....................
http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/nation...na009000c.html

Handmade bag in hand, Japanese princess starts kindergarten
Aiko clutched a handmade bag in accordance with the rules of her new school, the prestigious Gakushuin Kindergarten, which her father also attended. The bag was embroidered with two dogs and trees............
Her mother Masako.........Dressed in a pearly white suit, she smiled and waved.................The appointment of the former diplomat with ties to Masako's family has spawned speculation that it would now become easier for her to make overseas visits. In the past Masako has indicated a desire to play a diplomatic role for Japan.
Masako made a rare public complaint about royal life in 2002, saying "the fact that it was rather difficult to make visits to abroad was something that required a great effort on my part to adapt to."
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/11042006/32...dergarten.html

Japanese princess starts school
...........Princess Aiko attended the ceremony with her parents and 50 of her future classmates, and later met her teachers, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported...............
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/4898474.stm

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I'm very delighted with my favorite young royal starting school. Thanks for all the pics and links. :)

Does anyone know if Aiko's class is divided into boys and girls? It was mentioned in an article that they were separated into two groups. Segragating students seems to be normal under the Japanese educational system, am I correct?
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I'm very delighted with my favorite young royal starting school. Thanks for all the pics and links. :)

Does anyone know if Aiko's class is divided into boys and girls? It was mentioned in an article that they were separated into two groups. Segragating students seems to be normal under the Japanese educational system, am I correct?
There are 52 students being admitted to the Gakushuin Kindergarten this term/school year with 26 boys and 26 girls (including Princess Aiko). I think they have divided the groups with boys and girls mix together.
Students being admitted this term were born from April 2, 2001 to April 1, 2002.
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Mainichi news have put up a gallery of Princess Aiko's photos from childhood in celebrating her entrance to Gakushuin Kindergarten.
here are the photos from Manichi news

#1-4: Leaving the hospital on Dec. 8 2001, a week after her birth and the day before Mommy's 38th birthday
#5: March of 2002 preparing to leave Togu Palace for some religious ceremony
#6: visit to a farm
#7-9: vacation in Aug. of 2002.
#10: one of her 1st drawings (Aiko drew this one with mommy, here you can see that it's a drawing of a dog)

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More photos from Mainichi news' gallery
#1: Summer vacation in May of 2003
#2: Short break in Sept of 2004
#3: May of 2005
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Articles from HELLO
Her face wearing a slightly bemused expression, Princess Aiko of Japan was clearly experiencing the trepidation mixed with excitement felt by all children on their first day of school, as she embarked upon her formal education this week......................
http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty.../princessaiko/
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photo 2 in post 123 is the cutest thing i've ever seen. PA is just precious in the hat and that big bag. thanks so much for the photos,they are such a beautiful happy family. (hint hint for the picture of the month poll).
I think its wonderful she's going to school and having a "normal" childhood instead of being locked in a palace and watched over by the evil IHA.
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Old 04-11-2006, 03:17 PM
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Aiko looks absolutely precious with her little pleated skirt. I wish her the best of luck starting kindergarten and hope she has a lot of fun! I wish I were back in kindergarten....
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Princess Aiko starts kindergarten in Tokyo
.....................The princess attended an entrance ceremony during which her name was called by the director. The princess responded saying, "Yes," and stood up, according to the Imperial Household Agency.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national...12TDY02004.htm

Queen of kids joins Japan's kindergarten masses
...........Four-year-old Princess Aiko's day went like this: arrive 9.30am, change into casual clothes, wash hands, gargle, go outside and play, stop to eat the lunch that Mum has packed, get back into the blue suit, go home at 1.30pm, according to the timetable posted on the Gakushuin Kindergarten website............Looking like a miniature adult in her dark uniform and long socks, she was carrying a book bag and a little satchel for her lunch which, presumably, also held a glass for gargling...........
http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/...521337896.html

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Maybe I miss it, but who are these ladies behind of Naruhito, Masako and Aiko?
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thanks by the photos, Aiko this very beautiful one with the uniform of the school :) :)
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Thank you everyone for all the pictures! :) Aiko looks so precious yet so grown up at the same time in her school uniform. Love the hat! Masako and Naruhito seem so proud of her, too!

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Thank you everyone for all the pictures! :) Aiko looks so precious yet so grown up at the same time in her school uniform. Love the hat! Masako and Naruhito seem so proud of her, too!

What does "Toshinomiya" mean?
Anyone can correct me if I'm wrong...... Toshi is her royal name, it means "a person who respects others" while nomiya probably denotes a prince/princess (not sure)....I seem to encounter this phrase among the Imperial Family (i.e. Prince Akishino is Akishino no miya Fuhimito).

Thanks, mandy, for the clarification on Aiko's class and for all the other pics just posted. :) I guess girl-boy segregation happens when they're older students there.
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Meaning of Toshi in "Toshinomiya" - Quoted from the Crown Prince Birthday Press Conference in 2002 (just after Aiko' birth):

In selecting a name for our child, we received several candidates from experts in the study of Chinese characters and Japanese classic literature. Since children do not choose their own names, and since a name accompanies its bearer for life, my wife and I carefully selected from among those candidates. In making the selection, bearing in mind the traditions of the Imperial Family, we sought characters whose meanings and pronunciations had a good sound to them and a name that would be easy to be familiar with. I am deeply grateful to Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress who left the real decision to us saying that we should think it over. Among the candidates, it seemed that the words of Mencius were especially good in terms of their content. In addition, we thought it good that the two Chinese characters meaning "respect" (toshi) and "love" (ai) were used. As has always been the case, and even more so in the world of today where relations between people tend to be weak, I think that it is most important to respect people and to love people. And so, in choosing a name for our child, we wanted that name to encompass our desire for our child to grow up to be "a person who respects others and will be respected by others, and a person who loves others and will be loved by others," in line with Mencius' words.
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great photos! Aiko is a lovely little princess!
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Thank you monica and wlee for trying to explain the meaning of "Toshinomiya" to me. :) I am still a bit confused -- is Toshinomiya Aiko's first name then? Sort of like Catharina-Amalia but she is commonly called Amalia, so Aiko is officially Toshinomiya Aiko but is called Aiko commonly?
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Time flies, doesn't it? She's already starting school! Wow...

Anyway, in some of those pictures, she looks like a carbon copy of her father!
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Thanks for the photos.
Aiko is beautiful.
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