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Elspeth 11-14-2006 01:49 PM

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko Current Events Part 2: November 2006 - April 2017
 
Welcome to part 2 of the thread for discussion of the current events of Prince and Princess Akishino. Please ensure that all photo posting complies with our rules.

The previous thread is here.

mandyy 11-16-2006 01:14 AM

Article from HELLO about Prince Hisahito from Nov. 14, 2006.
....The visit to the Shinto shrine in the grounds of Tokyo's Imperial Palace was part of a traditional ceremony for royal babies aimed at promoting healthy growth. Hisahito - who slept through his public debut when he was just nine days old - delighted onlookers as he smiled happily in the arms of his proud mother....
http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty...apan-hisahito/

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Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko together performed an official duty today on Nov. 16, 2006.

Photo from Mainichi news

Video from TBS news

Opal 11-20-2006 09:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mandyy
Article from HELLO about Prince Hisahito from Nov. 14, 2006.
....The visit to the Shinto shrine in the grounds of Tokyo's Imperial Palace was part of a traditional ceremony for royal babies aimed at promoting healthy growth. Hisahito - who slept through his public debut when he was just nine days old - delighted onlookers as he smiled happily in the arms of his proud mother....
http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty...apan-hisahito/

Awww, he's so adorable! Akishino and Kiko look so proud and happy. :flowers:

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mandyy
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko together performed an official duty today on Nov. 16, 2006.

Photo from Mainichi news

I love the color of her dress... very pretty!

mandyy 11-29-2006 05:33 PM

Official birthday photos of Prince Akishino and his family.
from Kunaicho
http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/akishino/akishino18-1112.html

Prince Akishino celebrates his 41st b-day on Nov. 30, 2006.
Prince Akishino turns 41, concerned about his busy parents


Referring to his son, Prince Akishino said the now nearly 3-month-old is growing steadily. "He sleeps a lot, cries a lot and smiles a lot. He is drinking a lot of breast milk, too." Prince Akishino said he and Princess Kiko will treat their son, a potential future emperor, the same way as their two daughters Princess Mako, 15, and Princess Kako, 11, who are not eligible to ascend the throne under Japan's male-only imperial succession law........Prince Akishino, meanwhile, ruled out the possibility of having a fourth child at this time.

In a sign of his healthy growth, the new prince has begun smiling as if in response when his father and sisters cradle and talk to him, according to the parents. He also gazes at toys and follows things in motion with his eyes, they said. "He sometimes dozes off with a pleased look on his face while listening to his father play the guitar," Princess Kiko said.
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/061129/kyodo/d8lmuig01.html

corazon 11-29-2006 08:34 PM

the baby is adorable, the young girl is kako? she look very very sah, especialy in her eyes, at last the big girl is dressed like a women and don't like a girl.

bigheadshirmp 11-30-2006 01:21 AM

the baby is adorable....however....i find Kako looking kind of sad in her eyes...well...at least she's not smiling in the pics.......

Akishino and Kiko looks really happy and a proud parent of their newborn son...

mandyy 11-30-2006 01:39 AM

Videos about Prince Akishino's 41st b-day (will expire soon)
FNN news
NNN news
TBS news

Larger photos from Polfoto and JIJI press
Photo from the press interview held on Nov. 24, 2006.
from Mainichi news

Prince Hisahito looks very cute smiling to his father. I think Hisahito looks a lot like Prince Akishino than Princess Kiko.

morhange 11-30-2006 05:19 PM

Mako is very pretty, and she looks so grown-up in the pictures. Little Hisahito is adorable. I don't think Kako looks sad, maybe just a little shy.

Piaa 12-02-2006 10:05 AM

I thknk both girls look sad...I don't recall seeing them smile in photos...really smile.....

Vanesa 12-03-2006 11:58 PM

Hmmm...The girls are supposed to be sad for they have a baby brother and not a baby sister...isn't it? I think I wouldn't be a boy nowadays! :biggrin:

Well, I think that these two girls ALWAYS had sad eyes...Long before we knew that Princesse Kiko was waiting a new baby, we discussed the same topic here, and we remarked that Princess Aiko had a little sad face too. But now, people will start to said: "She has a sad face for she knows she'll never be an Empress and for in her family, boys are more important than girls" :lol: I think the three Princesses has this sad faces for they are SHY. We discussed it many, many times. One of them was when Princess Mako was visiting Austria...Did you remember it?

Oh, by the way, Prince Hisahito is a beatiful baby boy.

Vanesa.

foiegrass 12-04-2006 08:59 AM

AH. princess mako looks too adultish!!!

Vanesa 12-05-2006 11:41 PM

She is a teenager. She grew up very fast. It seems it was yesterday when she was a little girl. :sad:

Vanesa.

foiegrass 12-06-2006 10:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vanesa
She is a teenager. She grew up very fast. It seems it was yesterday when she was a little girl. :sad:

Vanesa.

I'm the same age as Mako :D but ... i guess she has to look more mature as she's a princess while I'm a lowly commonerr. hahahahha.

Vanesa 12-07-2006 12:36 AM

Maybe...But I'm 34 now, and in May I will be 35! In five more years I will be a 40 years old lady! :cry: I was a grown up person when princesses Mako and Kao were born, so...:rolleyes: :cool:

Vanesa.

mandyy 12-14-2006 05:08 AM

LEAD: 'Inochi (life)' chosen for character of the year marked by birth, suicides
"Inochi," meaning "life," has been chosen in a poll for the kanji character of 2006, a year marked by the birth of the first grandson of the emperor, a series of reported student suicides related to bullying, and a number of child abuse cases, the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation announced Tuesday........A total of 92,509 entries were made this year with 8,363 for "inochi," also read "myo" and "mei," followed by 3,793 for "yu," also read "hisa," as used in the first of the two kanji of the newborn prince's name........
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/061212/kyodo/d8lv7q7g1.html

mandyy 12-20-2006 04:41 AM

Princess Kiko brought Prince Hisahito to Aiiku Hospital today (Dec. 20) for a check up and this is also the first time Hisahito received a needle shot there.

Video from NNN news

mandyy 01-13-2007 06:08 AM

LEAD: Ceremony wishing Prince Hisahito's good health held

(Kyodo) _ (EDS: RECASTING)
A ceremony to wish Prince Hisahito, the son of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, good health was held Saturday to mark the 130th day since his birth in September.
During the "Ohashizome" ceremony, or the first feeding by chopsticks, held at Prince Akishino's Residence in Tokyo, chopsticks were dipped in red bean porridge on a small wooden table and then held to his mouth, according to the Imperial Household Agency. Also placed on the wooden table were two blue rocks and a salted redwing sea robin. The ceremony, which capped several celebratory events since the prince's birth, took only a few minutes...........
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/070113/kyodo/d8mk5itg0.html

mandyy 01-22-2007 02:45 AM

Prince Akishino visiting a cow museum in Iwate Prefectureon Jan. 21, 2007.

Photo from The web Iwate nippon

Elspeth 01-22-2007 02:51 AM

A cow museum? So the one in the photo would be a stuffed specimen?

fanletizia 02-03-2007 11:48 AM

Princess Kiko (R) holds Prince Hisahito during a family outing to Shiosai Park in Hayama, in Kanagawa prefecture in suburban Tokyo, 03 February 2007. The family is here for a short vacation.

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Japan's Royal Family on Yahoo! News Photos
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bozena 02-03-2007 01:09 PM

A fantastic and beautiful little boy. Very, very charming!!

mandyy 02-03-2007 01:39 PM

More photos from Yahoo of the Akishino's family outing (including Prince Hisahito) at Shiosai Park in Hayama on Feb. 3, 2007.

Photos from JIJI press
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corazon 02-03-2007 02:13 PM

the baby is adorable! he is so big, I feel a bit bad for the girls, but is the first time that I see they with a big smille in their faces!

Elspeth 02-03-2007 07:25 PM

Is it just me, or does anyone else see a resemblance between Princess Mako and Orlando Bloom?

Sister Morphine 02-03-2007 08:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Elspeth
Is it just me, or does anyone else see a resemblance between Princess Mako and Orlando Bloom?


You know, I think it's just you. :lol:



I really can't see a resemblance, but maybe someone else will.

Elspeth 02-04-2007 12:57 AM

I think it's the set of the mouth and the sad eyes. If you gave Legolas black hair, it'd be easier to see.

BeatrixFan 02-04-2007 08:35 AM

BBC Media Selector

Video from the BBC showing little Prince Hisahito out and about with his parents and sisters.

laurixa 02-04-2007 02:58 PM

little Prince Hisahito is so cute.

ChantalC 02-04-2007 04:34 PM

Aww, Prince Hisahito is a beautiful and cute baby! He's growing a little bit! :smile: ;)

elle 02-04-2007 06:59 PM

doesn't little prince adorable??

monica17 02-04-2007 07:37 PM

Thank you very much for the pictures of little Prince Hisahito and family. He is sooo adorable; I'd say he takes after his mother in looks. Hope the family enjoy their short vacation.

I also hope to see more interaction between the cousins other than the annual new year photoshoot and video.

mandyy 03-03-2007 03:47 AM

Prince Akishino of Japan waves during an opening ceremony of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo northern Japan Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007.

Photo from AP via Yahoo

mandyy 03-11-2007 03:49 AM

Kiko and her 3 children visited Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace on March 10, 2007. They had lunch with the Emperor and Empress.

Video links of their car and van entering the palace.
FNN news
NNN news
ANN news

fanletizia 03-22-2007 09:44 AM

Prince Akishino of Japan (R) receives the honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Fisheries Science) during a ceremony at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Bangkok, 22 March 2007. Prince Akishino is on eight-day visit to Thailand.

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Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont (R) shows the way to Prince Akishino of Japan (L) prior to a ceremony of conferment of an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Fisheries Science) at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Bangkok, 21 March 2007

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fanletizia 03-29-2007 11:31 AM

Prince Hisahito, carried by his mother Princess Kiko, arrives at the imperial farm in Takanezawa, North of Tokyo, Thursday, March, 29, 2007. Prince Akishino, Kiko and their three children, Princess Mako, Princess Kako and the baby prince, will stay at the farm with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko

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corazon 03-29-2007 03:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fanletizia
Prince Hisahito, carried by his mother Princess Kiko, arrives at the imperial farm in Takanezawa, North of Tokyo, Thursday, March, 29, 2007. Prince Akishino, Kiko and their three children, Princess Mako, Princess Kako and the baby prince, will stay at the farm with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko

Japan's Royal Family on Yahoo! News Photos
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thanks so much for the photos, he little prince is adorable, and the rest of the family?

mandyy 03-29-2007 04:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by corazon
thanks so much for the photos, he little prince is adorable, and the rest of the family?

A photo of the family arriving at the Imperial Villa from JIJI press.

And a article from HELLO magazine
Japan's future Emperor gets a taste of life on the farm

dragonsfire8 03-29-2007 06:07 PM

Cute kid....seems he had grown a bit....thats one impressive head of hair..... seems to me that he dosen't look too happy while held by his mother in front of such a big crowd....does anybody get that feeling?....Will the Crown Princely family be joining them and the Emperor & Empress?

almab 03-29-2007 06:14 PM

Prince Hisahito does look mighty serious. I wonder if there will be more photos similar to the ones of Aiko looking at the cows.

Vanesa 03-29-2007 09:02 PM

In general, little children doesn't like to be sourrounded by so many strangers. I think that Prince Hisahito is a lot like other little children. Yes...It looks kinda serious. :rolleyes: Poor thing!

Vanesa.

corazon 03-31-2007 08:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mandyy
A photo of the family arriving at the Imperial Villa from JIJI press.

And a article from HELLO magazine
Japan's future Emperor gets a taste of life on the farm

thanks so much, really hara****o is beautiful but like his sisters, is very serius

Vanesa 04-01-2007 08:34 PM

Maybe behaviour policy in the Imperial Family is to being serious...:rolleyes: ;) Yes. They doesn't smile very much.

Vanesa.

mandyy 08-25-2007 05:40 PM

Video footage of Prince Akishino and his eldest daughter returning to Tokyo from their trip to Madagascar on Aug. 25, 2007.
The footage includes some clips from their trip.
FNN news

dragonsfire8 08-26-2007 12:26 AM

from what I can see from the video....this seems to be the first time the Princess is similing....

mandyy 11-21-2007 02:16 PM

Japanese royal family members to visit Indonesia
........."Prince Akishino and Princes Kiko will visit Indonesia to mark the 50th year of bilateral relations between the two countries," the Imperial Household Agency official said, adding that 2008 would be the Year of Indonesia-Japan Friendship.......
The Jakarta Post - Japanese royal family members to visit Indonesia

Vanesa 11-23-2007 06:42 PM

I didn't know that Indonesia and Japan had only 50 years of bi-lateral relationships...

Vanesa.:smile:

dragonsfire8 11-23-2007 09:36 PM

very interesting....Thanks for posting!!

fanletizia 11-29-2007 09:27 PM

Photo released by the Imperial Household Agency 30 November 2007 shows Japan's Prince Akishino (2nd-R) smiling with his wife, Princess Kiko (L) and their children, Princess Mako (R), Princess Kako (2nd-L) and Prince Hisahito, as they stroll the Akasaka imperial estate where they live 18 November 2007. Akishino celebrates his 42nd birthday today

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HMQueenElizabethII 11-30-2007 01:54 AM

It is a really nice family photo!And also Prince Hisahito has grown up alot!

kaffir 11-30-2007 01:55 AM

Do the girls look so sad or is it just me? And what is with A's center hair part!

mandyy 11-30-2007 02:02 PM

Hello magazine article about Ahishino's birthday
Warm family snaps of Japanese royals mark Akishino's birthday

large pics of the family included
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Another interesting article
Japanese royal mum urges help for working women

Princess Kiko, mother of the first heir to the Japanese throne to be born in over 40 years, wants better support for women's efforts to juggle work and family.

Princess Kiko, 41, the wife of the Emperor's second son, gave birth last year to Prince Hisahito, third in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne. "I hope people will understand and give necessary support to better organise an environment where women can work while having a family and raising children, or come back to work after taking a break," Kiko told a news conference marking her husband's 42nd birthday on Friday..............
Japanese royal mum urges help for working women - Yahoo! India News

Akishino turns 42, says son walking
Prince Hisahito, who turned 1 on Sept. 6, has started taking a few steps on his own, said his father, Prince Akishino, Emperor Akihito's second son, who turned 42 on Friday.
Prince Hisahito "has started walking by himself and expanded his range of activities," Prince Akishino said at a press conference before his birthday.........
Akishino turns 42, says son walking | The Japan Times Online

TLLK 11-30-2007 11:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaffir (Post 699407)
Do the girls look so sad or is it just me? And what is with A's center hair part!

I don't think that I've ever seen the girls smiling in an "official" photo, casual or not. They always look so serious.

izumi 12-01-2007 08:38 AM

Princess Kiko is always a great working mother. I am very glad to see Prince Hisahito's healthy growth. I wish the family's prosperity.

fanletizia 01-04-2008 07:36 PM

Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko to visit Indonesia

Japan Today - News - Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko to visit Indonesia

Poppy 01-18-2008 11:13 AM

News Video: http://news.tbs.co.jp/newseye/tbs_newseye3757947.html

Direct translation by babel fish:

Fall the your Akishino husband and wife directed to the Indonesian official visit, before the 18 days noon, left the Narita Airport. Fall the Akishino husband and wife 11:30 AM before, being waived in the authorized personnel, directing to the Indonesian Djakarta, left the Narita Airport. This year it hits to the diplomatic relations establishment 50th anniversary of Japan and Indonesia, the husband and wife opens in Djakarta, besides the fact that it attends the opening ceremony of the "Japanese & Indonesian amicable year", it is the schedule which visits the ボロブドゥール temple and the like of ジョグジャカルタwhich is registered to worldwide heritage. Princess Kiko's overseas visit does and with with since giving birth of the eldest son, Hisahito, becomes new, but considering Princess Kiko's physical condition which presently continues remedy and medication with pain and the like of the left shoulder, also charge doctor has accompanied. As for the husband and wife it is the schedule which next week returns home on 25th. (18th Jan 2008, 13:57)

mandyy 01-19-2008 03:42 PM

President receives Japanese prince Akishino
ANTARA News :: President receives Japanese prince Akishino

Yudhoyono sees Prince's visit good momentum in RI-Japan ties
The Jakarta Post - Yudhoyono sees Prince's visit good momentum in RI-Japan ties

Photos of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko in Indonesia on Jan . 18, 2008.
Yahoo

mandyy 01-23-2008 03:22 AM

More photos of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko from their visit in Indonesia

in Bogor, West Java-pics from and Reuters via Yahoo (Jan.21, 2008)
in the ancient city of Yogyakarta-pics from Reuters via Yahoo (Jan. 22, 2008)

giov 03-28-2008 08:02 PM

Two nice pics of Prince Hisahito from Hola
Galerías de imágenes
HISAHITO, EL FUTURO 'EMPERADOR' DE JAPÓN, RECIBE EL SALUDO DE LOS EMPLEADOS DE PALACIO

mandyy 03-29-2008 03:42 AM

Princess Kiko carrying her son Prince Hisahito arrives at an imperial ranch in Takanezawa, north of Tokyo, Friday, March 28, 2008. Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko will stay at the ranch for a few days with their daughters, Princess Mako, Princess Kako, and the baby prince. They will be staying with the Emperor and Empress until March 30th when they all return to Tokyo together.

Photos from AP
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2 : Japan's Princess Kiko and her son Prince Hisahito are greeted by the staff and their families upon arrival

Photo from mainichi news of the family

Al_bina 03-29-2008 03:07 PM

Princess Kiko looks great. Her complexion is perfect. I wish she wore more cool, clear colours that would complement her complexion. I am just curious whether anyone is privy to beauty secrets of Princess Kiko?

mandyy 04-02-2008 03:43 AM

Prince Hisahito is the centre of attention at the family farm

In the news article is an old pic of his visit at the farm.

bossany 04-09-2008 11:16 AM

how cute prince........

Vanesa 04-09-2008 08:38 PM

How a sweet little cutie pie he is! But all the Japanese Imperial children are really beatiful. :wub:

Vanesa.

LadyFinn 09-12-2008 03:41 PM

Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko walk with their son, Prince Hisahito, on the Hayama beach as they spend their holidays at the imperial retreat of Hayama
Daylife
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Marengo 09-12-2008 06:24 PM

Royalblog has an article with some pictures about the holiday at the Imperial Villa in Hayama:

Quote:

Prince Hisahito enjoys a break in Hayama

Little Prince Hisahito of Japan is enjoying a holiday at the Imperial Villa in Hayama, a resort some 50 kilometres south of Tokyo, at the entrance of the Miura Peninsula.

The Villa, one of four the Imperial family uses across Japan, provides a place of rest and recuperation for the royals. Hayama is surrounded by the sea and the mountains where nature is rich. It is a place of scenic beauty and warm climate
Read the entire article here.

puresnow 09-22-2008 09:52 AM

Thank you all for the pictures and news.

Al_bina 09-27-2008 05:03 PM

Prince Akishino releases wild ibises
Quote:

... On Thursday morning, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko were among the notables that freed the birds from wooden boxes at a ceremony held in the city of Sado, on a small island off of Japan's coast about 170 miles (275 kilometers) northwest of Tokyo. ...

News Summary Royalblog.nl: Prince Akishino releases wild ibises


Mermaid1962 11-03-2008 01:56 PM

Yes, that little prince is absolutely ADORABLE!:wub:

Quote:

Originally Posted by puresnow (Post 826967)
Thank you all for the pictures and news.


kimebear 12-01-2008 06:26 PM

Prince Akishino's birthday interview

Japan's Prince Akishino spoke about his love for his two-year-old son during a press conference to celebrate his 43rd birthday yesterday (30.11.08).

Tilla 12-01-2008 06:32 PM

What nice words found Prince Akishino in the interview, very delicate.

magnik 12-01-2008 06:39 PM

After this article I want ask where is this rivalry or hate between brothers? It looks that both cprincely and princely families have good relationships about which we doesn't know.

Al_bina 12-01-2008 07:48 PM

As far as we know, there is no an open feud between Princes. At the same time, I doubt they have cloudless relationship. Let us not forget about the key concept of Japanese culture: preserving harmony and face.

ChiaraC 12-11-2008 12:09 PM

Here is another article on the birthday press conference giving a detail of it that shows that it is still not all harmony in the imperial family:

Japan News and Forum - Prince Akishino turns 43, expresses joy for his son's growth

"Prince Akishino also touched on a comment made earlier this year by Imperial Household Agency chief Shingo Haketa on the crown prince.
In late February, Haketa said Crown Prince Naruhito's visits to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko had not increased despite the crown prince's previous comment that he would arrange more opportunities to meet them at the Imperial Palace. Emperor Akihito has displayed disappointment over having few opportunities to meet the crown prince's family.
''I understand what the agency chief intended to say was that he hopes that the crown prince respects what he had said before,'' Prince Akishino said. ''I believe we, including myself, have to keep in mind that the words we ourselves uttered must be cherished.'' "


IMO, by this sentence, prince Akishino seems to publicly admonish his brother to be true to his word – which includes his hinting at the fact that this is at all necessary which means that, in his opinion, Naruhito has not been as good as his word in the past.
Be that as it may, we also see in the fact that the younger brother is telling the elder what to do (which disagrees with Confucian rules, no matter what the elder brother may have done) that, in Akishino´s eyes, Naruhito has definitely lost his superior position as the elder since not he, but Akishino is the father of the heir.

ChiaraC 12-12-2008 04:11 PM

I am not quite sure about it as I do not speak Japanese but this seems to include parts of the latest press conference (I am sorry that it is appearing twice - I do not know how to mend it...):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHlC2LOmn9s&feature=related

Al_bina 01-02-2009 10:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by emma93 (Post 874252)


It has been a pleasure to see Princess Kiko. She looked amazing in a peach-coloured conservative outfit. Princess Kiko has got a amazing complexion. Being both extremely refined and well-groomed, Princess Kiko conveys an image of delicate lace to me.

iceflower 01-28-2009 03:43 AM

Pics 27.1.2009
 
Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko walk to their
seats to see a movie in Tokyo, 27 January 2009.

** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 **

iceflower 01-29-2009 03:07 AM

Pics 29.1.2009
 
Japanese Prince Akishino, Emperor's second son and Bulgarian President
Georgi Parvanov, accompanied by their wives Princess Kiko and Zorka
Parvanova cut the ribbon during the opening of the Thracian civilization
exhibition, Bulgaria's ancient culture at a Tokyo hotel on January 29,
2009.Parvanov is here for a five-day visit.

** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 **

Dina 02-14-2009 02:11 PM

I really enjoy watching this branch of the family interacting with each other. And a little personal ethnic pride in the Bulgarian pictures just posted ...

Mermaid1962 02-14-2009 10:26 PM

Why all the dark clothes? It looks like there's some kind of official mourning going on.:ermm:

Quote:

Originally Posted by iceflower (Post 885798)
Japanese Prince Akishino, Emperor's second son and Bulgarian President
Georgi Parvanov, accompanied by their wives Princess Kiko and Zorka
Parvanova cut the ribbon during the opening of the Thracian civilization
exhibition, Bulgaria's ancient culture at a Tokyo hotel on January 29,
2009.Parvanov is here for a five-day visit.

** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 **


Dina 02-15-2009 04:48 PM

Mermaid -- that is strange. I have no idea, as the exhibit was in Japan, as the Thracian treasures have been traveling the world ...

On a side note, Japan and Bulgaria have very good relations as many Japanese have been buying retirement homes in Bulgaria. Here are some links to articles in English about the visit:

Features - Japanese Prince to Open A Museum of Thracian Culture in Bulgaria - Standart

Bulgaria Japan's Prince Akishino Opens Thracian Treasures Exhibit in Tokyo: Japan's Prince Akishino, Bulgaria President Open Thracian Treasures Exhibit

This new museum that Japan is helping build is 10 miles away from my ancestral village.

Al_bina 02-15-2009 08:15 PM

The Japanese are known to make a lot of the fact that they have four distinct seasons. So it comes as no surprise that appreciation of seasons is instilled from an early age. The sensitivity toward seasonal changes tends to govern mundane details of everyday life such as food and clothing. Thus, dark colours may be viewed as appropriate during winter.

Jacknch 02-25-2009 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Al_bina (Post 894078)
The Japanese are known to make a lot of the fact that they have four distinct seasons. So it comes as no surprise that appreciation of seasons is instilled from an early age. The sensitivity toward seasonal changes tends to govern mundane details of everyday life such as food and clothing. Thus, dark colours may be viewed as appropriate during winter.

Isn't it true, Al_bina, that there are four different kimono colours used throughout the year to reflect the different seasons - yellows, greens, pinks and blues or something like that?!

Al_bina 02-25-2009 07:56 PM

You are quite right noting that women do have season -appropriate kimonos.
Quote:

Whatever the occasion-the first shrine visit of the new year, stopping in to see an older person, or what have you--Japanese people always keep the season in mind when deciding which kimono to wear. Pale colors such as light green are appropriate for spring, while cool colors such as lavender or dark blue or are good for summer. Autumn calls for colors that imitate the hues of the turning leaves, and winter is the season for strong colors like black and red.[my bolding]
Reference:All About Kimono

Mermaid1962 02-25-2009 11:15 PM

I see. That's good to know; thank you, Albina.:flowers:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Al_bina (Post 894078)
The Japanese are known to make a lot of the fact that they have four distinct seasons. So it comes as no surprise that appreciation of seasons is instilled from an early age. The sensitivity toward seasonal changes tends to govern mundane details of everyday life such as food and clothing. Thus, dark colours may be viewed as appropriate during winter.


Elspeth 05-13-2009 12:21 PM

Prince and Princess Akishino visit the Danube States (11-23 May 2009)
 
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko are undertaking a visit to Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania to mark "Japan-Danube Friendship Year 2009." From 11 to 13 May they are visiting Austria, where Princess Kiko spent part of her youth and where their elder daughter, Princess Mako, vacationed a couple of years ago. This visit is intended to mark the 140th year of bilateral relations between the two countries.

AFP: Japan's Prince Akishino meets Austria's president
Princess brings Japanese tradition to ancient Austrian abbey |Latest celebrity news hellomagazine.com

They are also marking the 140th year of bilateral relations with Hungary during the 16-18 May visit.

http://www.caboodle.hu/nc/news/news_...ash=9b634bf600

The visit to Bulgaria (13-16 May), at the invitation of President Parvanov, marks the 50th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries after World War II.

News.bg - Prince and princess Akishino on official visit to Bulgaria

On 18-22 May the couple visit Romania at the invitation of President Basescu, also to mark the 50th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Japan and Romania.

Prince akishino and princess kiko to come to romania

The couple will make a stopover in Paris before returning to Japan.

Mandy 05-13-2009 06:35 PM

From Corbis

In Vienna May 11th
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In Bulgaria May 13th
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Photos from ANP

Al_bina 05-13-2009 10:03 PM

Prince and Princess Akishino do an impeccable job representing Japan abroad. Prince Akishino tends to look very serious on photos even when he produces a formal smile. It is always a pleasure to see Princess Kiko or any other royal lady wearing a traditional kimono.

Jacknch 05-14-2009 04:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Al_bina (Post 938230)
Prince and Princess Akishino do an impeccable job representing Japan abroad. Prince Akishino tends to look very serious on photos even when he produces a formal smile. It is always a pleasure to see Princess Kiko or any other royal lady wearing a traditional kimono.

I agree with Al_bina - Prince Akishino does seem to be a serious and formal man. I do like Princess Kiko very much because she has a very sweet smile. They both look impeccable. :flowers:

ChiaraC 05-15-2009 11:18 AM

There are photo galleries, mostly with pics of the European tour of Prince and Princess Akishino, to be found here:
Japan's Royal Family - Yahoo! News Photos

and here: http://www.meinbezirk.at/WienUmgebun...4686/id_427210

Turkish Delight 05-15-2009 01:50 PM

News Summary Royalblog.nl: Akishino and Kiko to meet King Simeon

Turkish Delight 05-17-2009 11:20 AM

News Summary Royalblog.nl: Akishino and Kiko look at Japanese design

emmalisa 05-17-2009 05:30 PM

Prince Akishino indeed looks serious, almost as if he was unhappy or frustrated in some pictures.
Princess Kiko is lovely!

Marquesa d Yolombó 05-17-2009 10:26 PM

Prince Akishino looks terribly serious, while Princess Kiko seems always relaxed and smiling...

Turkish Delight 05-20-2009 02:13 PM

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan pass by the Romanian Honour Guard during a ceremony at the Unknown Hero Memorial in Bucharest, 20 May 2009. Prince Akishino, the second son of Japanese Emperor Akihito and Princess Kiko, is on three-day visit in Romania.
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Prince Akishino of Japan and Princess Kiko enter the National Village Museum in Bucharest on May 20, 2009. Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko are on a four day visit to Romania.
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Prince Akishino of Japan tastes traditionally Romanian bread as Princess Kiko looks on as they enter the National Village Museum in Bucharest on May 20, 2009. Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko are on a four day visit to Romania.
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Prince Akishino of Japan blows a panpipe as Princess Kiko looks on at the National Village Museum in Bucharest, May 20, 2009. Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko are on a four days visit to Romania.
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Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan are welcomed by Romanian President Traian Basescu and his wife Maria Basescu at the Cotroceni Palace, the Romanian Presidency headquarters in Buchareston May 20, 2009. Prince and Princess Akishino of Japan are on a four day visit to Romania.
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Japan's Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko are seen meeting with a child at International Petoe Institute in Budapest, Hungary, 19 May 2009, on the last day of Akishino's four-day visit to Hungary. Prince Akishino, the second son of Japanese Emperor Akihito, and his wife Princess Kiko, are on a two-week tour of Europe.
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Marquesa d Yolombó 05-20-2009 02:42 PM

Thanks a lot for posting the pictures!

In spite of the rigid protocol, they could find a moment for fun, as seen in the panpipe pic.

ClaudiaE 05-20-2009 03:31 PM

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan are welcomed by Romanian President Traian Basescu and his wife Maria Basescu at the Cotroceni Palace

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Prinţul a fost primit de preşedintele Traian Băsescu, la Palatul Cotroceni | Realitatea .NET

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan visit the National Village Museum in Bucharest

PRINTUL AKISHINO SI PRINTESA KIKO - MUZEUL SATULUI

They plant a japanese cherry tree.

Princess Kiko is very proud of her work....

Photo from Reuters Pictures - News, photos, topics, and quotes

Another set of beautiful photos :
AGERPRES FOTO

Prince and Princess visits the University of Bucharest - Department of Oriental Languages and Literatures (Japanese Language and Literature)

AGERPRES FOTO

Prince and Princess meet Mrs. Roberta Anastase - Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of Romanian Parliament

AGERPRES FOTO

Prince and Princess meet Mr. Mircea Geoana - Speaker of the Senat of Romanian Parliament

AGERPRES FOTO

President Basescu praises Japanese assistance during Romania's transition :

President Basescu praises Japanese assistance during Romania's transition

Al_bina 05-20-2009 10:49 PM

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko had a nice trip to Europe. It appears to me that Prince Akishino is more comfortable undertaking engagements in accordance with protocol rules and less comfortable doing something non-protocol such as blowing a panpipe. Princess Kiko's deportment is that of a true Japanese lady. :wub::wub::wub: At the same time, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko displayed genuine warmth toward a child they met at International Petoe Institute in Budapest, Hungary.

Turkish Delight 05-21-2009 11:28 AM

Backdropped by a view of the river Danube and the building of the Hungarian Parliament, President of Hungary Laszlo Solyom chats with Japan's Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko on the balcony of Alexander Presidential Palace in Budapest, Hungary, on 18 May 2009. Prince Akishino, the second son of Japanese Emperor Akihito, and his wife Princess Kiko, are on a two-week tour of Europe.
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Hungary's Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai offers seats to Japan's Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko at the start of their meeting in the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, 18 May 2009, the third day Akishino's four-day visit to Hungary. Prince Akishino, the second son of Japanese Emperor Akishino, and his wife Princess Kiko, are on a two-week tour of Europe.
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Staying on a four-day visit in Hungary, Prince Akishino of Japan takes snapshots as his wife, Princess Kiko looks on while they admire the view from the citadel of the Castle of Visegrad, some 50 km north of Budapest 18 May 2009.
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News Summary Royalblog.nl: Romania welcomes Akishino and Kiko
News Summary Royalblog.nl: Akishino and Kiko play with young children

Some photos from the visit:
Japan

Al_bina 05-21-2009 11:34 AM

Princess Kiko is so graceful in a pale green kimono, which soft pastel colours mark spring.

ClaudiaE 05-21-2009 03:18 PM

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko Visit Sinaia Monastery today
Prince Akishino Sinaia - News, photos, topics, and quotes


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