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Mandy 07-26-2005 03:03 PM

Princess Aiko Part 2
 
Welcome to part 2 of Princess Aiko's discussion thread, where you can post news, articles, and pictures.

The old thread can be found
here.

Please review the updated TRF Posting Rules & Guidelines before posting.

Happy posting!

mandyy 07-28-2005 12:32 PM

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Picture from the Seattle Times of Princess Aiko in Nov 2004.

mandyy 08-04-2005 03:28 PM

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Old photos of Aiko

from www.seniorplanet.fr/. ../japon/intro.php

mandyy 08-04-2005 03:37 PM

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Old photo from Sept 2004

from news.xinhuanet.com/.../ 23/content_2608077.htm

mandyy 08-04-2005 03:51 PM

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Nice photos of the family

from http://www.jimin.jp/jimin/wv2000/news/140223.html

photofan 08-09-2005 02:44 PM

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from: Olycom

Ianna 09-07-2005 05:16 AM

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More of little Princess..

Cutie Aiko..:)

Source; Korpa

Harry's polo shirt 09-13-2005 11:21 PM

I love these two:

http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/20...d__200x169.jpg

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english...3963212634.jpg

mandyy 02-04-2006 06:09 PM

Old photos of Princess Aiko from TVBS news
#1: Photo session in Dec of 2001
#2-3: March of 2002
#4: April of 2002
#5: October 21, 2002.
#6: Birthday video during Nov. 2002.
#7: Leaving Togu Palace to greet her grandparents on her birthday Dec. 1, 2002.
#8-9: Prince Naruhito's birthday video in Feb. of 2003.
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mandyy 02-04-2006 06:21 PM

More photos from TVBS news
#1-2: Vacation in May 2003
#3: Visiting her maternal grandparents in Sept of 2003
#4-8: Birthday video during Nov. 2003.
#9-10: Prince Naruhito's birthday video in Feb. 2004.
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mandyy 02-04-2006 06:30 PM

Photos from TVBS news
#1: Having fun with the harp at Togu Palace in this video taken by Prince Naruhito in 2004.
#2-6: Vacation in Fall 2004.
#7-9: Birthday video in Nov. 2004.
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mandyy 02-04-2006 06:36 PM

From TVBS news
#1-2: Birthday video in Nov. 2004.
#3: Photo session in Dec. 2004.
#4: Skiing in Feb. 2005. Princess Masako (right hand side) with her back in front of the camera while watching over Princess Aiko being taught how to ski
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mandyy 06-25-2006 04:54 AM

Article from HELLO
The ongoing debate over whether Japan's Princess Aiko will one day become Empress seemed a million miles away when the youngster was snapped hand-in-hand with her father this week. Even the rainy weather did little to dampen her spirits as the four-year-old, with an umbrella clasped firmly in her other hand, strolled up the pathway of Gakushuin Kindergarten in Tokyo........................
http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty.../princessaiko/

Poppy 06-29-2006 11:37 AM

Watch Princess Aiko and generations of imperial kids online!! You can also see the young Empress Michiko, truely gorgeous and elegant^^

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8ENXohZQaU

lisa777 06-29-2006 01:12 PM

Thank you so much for the video. I wish I knew what they were saying though

monica17 06-30-2006 01:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Poppy
Watch Princess Aiko and generations of imperial kids online!! You can also see the young Empress Michiko, truely gorgeous and elegant^^

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8ENXohZQaU

That was lovely! I need to see it again as there were many pauses (trouble with my connection, I think). Yes, Empress Michico was truly gorgeous and elegant!

Many thanks, poppy!:)

monica 06-30-2006 05:11 AM

Thankssss :D Aiko is very very beautiful !!!!!!!!!!

Poppy 06-30-2006 12:08 PM

Watch Princess Aiko when she was four years old. Choose between WMP or REAL. The WMP link can be downloaded by flashget.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/features/impr/birth/

Watch Princess Aiko when she was three.

http://wmp.mainichi-msn.co.jp/MSN/2004/09/25/0001.wmv

CrownPrinceLorenzo 07-01-2006 11:12 PM

In the last video, was that a lady-in-waiting?

mandyy 07-02-2006 05:40 AM

To commerorate the 120th Anniversary of the establishment of the Imperial Palace Police, Kunaicho have exhibited some crafts made of clay done by Princess Aiko. Other art work done by Imperial Family members including photographs and Waka poems were also exhibited.

Photo from FNN news
http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/7...ocithumb00.jpg

tete 07-26-2006 02:21 AM

pretty good pics of them, i wonder how she and her cousins get on...

ichigo 07-26-2006 09:29 AM

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Vanesa 07-30-2006 10:42 PM

She is such a deary! How a nice generation of little royals we have! :o

Vanesa.

Princess Felicia 08-13-2006 08:58 AM

I like this picture beacuse she looks so funny
http://cache.viewimages.com/comp/192...EEE51FFAE78479

mandyy 08-31-2006 08:36 PM

Photos of cute Aiko
from www.yuko2ch.net
#1:Oct of 2002.
#2: Nov. of 2003
#3: April 16, 2006-attending school fair
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Emily 08-31-2006 10:08 PM

Mandyy -- that last photo of little Aiko just beaming with anticipation as her father arrives home from, I think, the water summit in Mexico is one of my all time favorite pictures. Although photos of a joyous little girl emerge from time to time, they are rare enough that I thoroughly enjoy seeing them when they do show. Thanks for these adorable pictures.

bigheadshirmp 10-08-2006 04:20 PM

from appledaily.hk

Princess Aiko participating in her school's sports day~ Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako were both present :wub:

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Beate 10-08-2006 06:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigheadshirmp
from appledaily.hk

Princess Aiko participating in her school's sports day~ Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako were both present :wub:

http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/2...pnewox1.th.jpg

That's a great pic! I hope more will be released! Thanks!

magnik 10-08-2006 06:27 PM

I love this photo from kidergarden and these with dad and daughter:wub:
Adorable girl:wub:
Her parents must be so proud of their little girl.

mandyy 10-08-2006 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Beate
That's a great pic! I hope more will be released! Thanks!

There are more pics posted in Naruhito and Masako's current events thread
link below
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...2-a-10346.html

lotus 10-09-2006 03:00 AM

I like this pocture ! Proud parents and adorable daughter ! What a lovely family!

monica 10-09-2006 04:33 AM

Thanks for the pinc !!!
http://img175.imageshack.us/my.php?i...wx6pnewox1.jpg

Aiko is very beautiful !!!

mandyy 10-14-2006 05:05 AM

Japanese Crown Princess Masako and her daughter Princess Aiko walk to the Gakushuin elementary school in Tokyo 14 Octoebr 2006 as they visit the affiliated school of Princess Aiko's kindargaten to enjoy a sports festival.

#1-3:Polfoto
#4: TBS news
#5: FNN news
#6: Getty images
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Videos (will expire soon)
TBS news: http://meta.cdn.yahoo-streaming.jp/c...1&media=wm300k
FNN news: http://meta.cdn.yahoo-streaming.jp/c...1&media=wm300k
ANN news: http://meta.cdn.yahoo-streaming.jp/c...1&media=wm300k

Emily 10-14-2006 10:26 AM

Mandyy -- you've done it again! The photos and the video are so nice. Aiko is preciocisimo in her little uniform and the photos of her smiling - perhaps at the recognition of a little friend? - is darling! Again, it is all much appreciated.

Vanesa 10-15-2006 01:37 AM

Princess Aiko looks more and more adorable every day. She is really pretty in her school uniform. And I'm very happy seeing her mother, Crown Princess Masako so well when she was so stressed some time ago. I bet she'll be a great Empress. :smile:

Vanesa.

Penny Lane 10-18-2006 12:15 AM

:heart: What a doll she is! I think her mama is a beautiful as well the three of them make such a nice family.

mandyy 10-26-2006 06:57 AM

Photo of Masako with Aiko during the Gakushuin Kindergarten field trip on Oct. 18, 2006.
from Josei shukan via www.yuko2ch.net
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monica17 10-26-2006 09:32 PM

The pic of Aiko and Masako is so endearing! Aiko looks even more adorable in pink. :flowers: I think Aiko's educational activities has provided Masako some relief from pressure.

Thanks!

Emily 10-27-2006 09:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by monica17
The pic of Aiko and Masako is so endearing! Aiko looks even more adorable in pink. :flowers:

Totally agree -- this is a lovely photo, thank you!

lisa777 10-27-2006 05:23 PM

Does anybody know when is Aiko's birthday?

Elspeth 10-27-2006 05:29 PM

She was born on 1 December 2001.

mandyy 11-11-2006 02:25 AM

Ceremony held for Princess Aiko for good health, well-being
A traditional ceremony to give thanks for Princess Aiko's growth and to wish her good health was held Saturday, with the 4-year-old daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako dressed in traditional attire.
After the "Chakko-no-Gi" ceremony at the Togu Palace in Tokyo's Minato Ward in the morning, Princess Aiko visited Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, wearing a "mo," a kind of long skirt her grandfather gave her at the time of her birth.............
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/061111/kyodo/d8lakauo0.html

Japan's Princess Aiko, clad in traditional ceremonial costume, listens to her mother Crown Princess Masako as her father Crown Prince Naruhito looks on as they appear at their residence, Togu Palace, in Tokyo after the Chakko-no-gi ceremony Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006. Princess Aiko, who will turn 5-year-old on Dec. 1, had her first rite of passage as a member of Japan's royal family in the day.
#1-3: In this photo released by Imperial Household Agency, Japan's Princess Aiko, daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, is helped to wear a traditional ceremonial long skirt by court ladies during a rehearsal for the Nov. 11 Chakko-no-gi ceremony at her residence, Togu Palace, in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006.

Photos from AP via Yahoo
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Photo from Getty images, Polfoto, Profimedia, Asahi news, and JIJI press

Video from ANN, and TBS news (will expire soon)

Poppy 11-11-2006 03:30 AM

Please watch

http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/ann/news/web/soci_news9.html?now=20061111162108

http://fnn.fujitv.co.jp/headlines/CONN00100158.html

http://www.news24.jp/70949.html

http://www.nhk.or.jp/news/2006/11/11/k20061111000064.html

magnik 11-11-2006 01:16 PM

Aiko looks like a doll in these traditional costumes:wub: She is adorable.

I like those - happy and full of love family
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/11112006/46...rs-father.html
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...97dfb2427ad293

Emmily 11-11-2006 01:44 PM

Thank you for these pictures. She is such a darling little girl. I love the last two where Aiko is looking at her mother and when Masako is whispering to her. How sweet!

mandyy 11-11-2006 01:58 PM

Chakko no Gi ceremony held for Princess Aiko
.....Princess Aiko, dressed in traditional attire of pink kimono and purple hakama, and carrying a fan, greeted Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. The family then visited an Imperial Palace sanctuary and greeted the Emperor and Empress.
According to the Imperial Household Agency, Princess Aiko recently started riding a bicycle with training wheels in the crown prince's residence. She also plays with a stuffed animal and speaks to her parents using some ancient words that she learned from folk tales illustrated with picture cards.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national...12TDY01003.htm

BeatrixFan 11-11-2006 04:10 PM

I'm unsure what a Chakko no Gi ceremony is but little Aiko looks extremely adorable.

magnik 11-11-2006 04:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BeatrixFan
I'm unsure what a Chakko no Gi ceremony is but little Aiko looks extremely adorable.

*Chakko-no-Gi is a ceremony passed down in the Imperial family from the Heian Period to celebrate the passage from infancy to childhood. Boys wear hakama, a kind of trousers, and girls wear mo, a kind of long skirt, for the first time.
http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/kisyakaike...1801-01-1.html

Avalon 11-11-2006 04:26 PM

Little Aiko looks simply adorable. :wub:
thanks for explaining, magnik. I am afraid I had no idea what is Chakko-no-Gi as well. ;)

Mandy 11-11-2006 04:28 PM

Aiko looks quite charming... She would make an elegant Empress. :flowers:

magnik 11-11-2006 04:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mandy
Aiko looks quite charming... She would make an elegant Empress. :flowers:

I hope soo:smile:

corazon 11-11-2006 05:04 PM

aiko is an adorable child, I feel bad because she can`t be empress.

wlee 11-11-2006 10:02 PM

From Mainichi Daily News,

Princess Aiko dresses up in traditional costume for ancient ceremony

Princess Aiko turns 5 on Dec. 1. According to the Imperial Household Agency, she has fun playing with her friends at kindergarten, enjoys playing the Japanese word game "Shiritori," and often she sings songs such as "Donguri Korokoro" (A rolling acorn) in the car on the way to and from kindergarten.
In an autumn trip in the middle of last month, she embroidered her name on a bag in Roman letters. She reportedly sometimes helps her mother, Crown Princess Masako, to make her packed lunch.
At the Togu Palace where she lives, Princess Aiko enjoys picking flowers in the garden and having races, and plays games with stuffed toys, pretending to look after them. She sometimes displays the flowers she picks in the rooms of her parents and palace workers. Recently, she has been practicing riding a bicycle using trainer wheels, and she reportedly has an interest in old words from picture-card shows, which she uses herself. (Mainichi)

Vanesa 11-11-2006 11:13 PM

Oohhh!!! How cute! She looks not only beatiful but worth in her traditional costume...Princess Aiko is a little jewel.

Vanesa.:wub:

sara1981 11-11-2006 11:35 PM

like her mother the CP Masako wores costumes when she marries to Prince in 1993 if have pictures? in past

magnik 11-12-2006 06:21 PM

You mean this sara1981?
http://www.benhills.com/images/bookMasakoFront.jpg
more http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...o+masako+owada

It was an elaborate $100,000 silk wedding costume for her traditional nuptials.

Jackswife 11-12-2006 09:11 PM

Aiko is so sweet and adorable. She seems to be the joy of Naruhito and Masako's lives. Great to see these pictures.:flowers:

RhapsodyBrat 11-12-2006 10:14 PM

Princess Aiko looks like a doll!:wub: she looks majestic in the red kimono and very child-like in the pink one (my favorite photo of her!).

i hope someone can help, but do her kimonos have any significance or meaning? from what fabric is it made and how many layers is she wearing? i read that the ceremony dates from the Heian period and at the time, women usually wore many layers of kimonos.

thanks!;)

Elspeth 11-12-2006 11:21 PM

Those garments are made of silk, and the pattern is woven, not dyed or embroidered. Usually for members of the royal family the rondels would have a stylised depiction of a sixteen-petalled chrysanthemum, but I can't see it closely enough to be sure what the design is.

I'm not really sure about the formal kimono, because the article says that girls wear a skirt called a mo whereas boys wear baggy trousers called hakama; however, from what I understand, the mo is a train which is worn at the back over several layers of kimono, all of which are worn over hakama by women as well as men.

If you look at the pictures on these pages

http://www.clotheslinejournal.com/heian.html
http://www.nijo.co.jp/coupon/p23.htm

the mo is the white train at the back, and you can see the red trousers under all the layers of robes.

These days, as a result of sumptuary laws, the formal outfit (called juni hitoe, which means twelve layers) is a maximum of five layers, although it doesn't look as though Aiko is wearing that many. The different colour combinations for the layers are dependent on the season and the social class of the person.

I'm not sure what the pink coat is about; it may just be a less formal robe to wear over the hakama once the formal layers were removed. The long sleeves, which nearly reach the ground, are worn by children and unmarried women. If you look at photos of Empress Michiko in kimono, her sleeves are a lot less voluminous, which is the way married and older women wear them.

RhapsodyBrat 11-13-2006 01:54 AM

thank you so much for the info Elspeth! the design on Aiko's red kimono doesn't look like the stylised 16-petalled chrysanthemum. it seems to be elongated. and based from the photos posted, she might be wearing just two layers.

good thing i just remembered my previous report on The Tale of Genji and the ju-ni hitoe has a history -- the name was actually a misnomer. if anyone else would like to look it up, here's the link: http://www.reconstructinghistory.com/japanese/heian.html

thanks again Elspeth!

Emily 11-13-2006 12:04 PM

Yes, that was very helpful Elspeth. I was also wondering what the various colors might mean so am glad you commented on that.

mandyy 11-13-2006 06:33 PM

Article from HELLO
...The little princess was dressed in traditional costume, including a deep purple kosode, or short-sleeved silk jacket, and hakama (culottes), presented to her by her grandparents, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Over these she wore a red chrysanthemum pattern uchiki (long jacket) and held a fan in her hand. And after the ceremony she changed into a beautiful pink silk ceremonial kimono.......
http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty...princess-aiko/

Eliza 11-13-2006 09:02 PM

Pss Aiko looks like a doll - very pretty! And did anyone also notice that CP Masako's smile and body language seem more relax - like she's almost back to her oldself.

wlee 11-14-2006 02:25 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0vTmCMUQYg

A very interesting video in which you can see the rehearsal of "Chakko-no-Gi" ceremony of Princess Aiko. You can also see the ceremonies held for Princess Sayako and Prince Naruhito. You can also see Aiko watching sumo for the first time in September this year. The emperor and the empress and other members of the royal family had dinner together in the Prince's residence in the evening of the ceremony.

mandyy 11-17-2006 01:51 AM

Princess Aiko along with her mom Princess Masako went to a zoo as their autumn field trip with Gakushuin kindergarten today on Nov. 17, 2006.

Photo from JIJI press
Video from FNN and ANN news

Masako looks very stylish in the white coat.:smile:

MAISARAH 11-17-2006 10:42 AM

:flowers: Princess Aiko is growing cute and beautiful girl. Love her smile especially during their trip to Netherland.:smile:

Jackswife 11-17-2006 11:35 AM

Masako looks great-the white coat really suits her and it's always nice to see her smiling and happy. Princss Aiko is such a sweetheart!:flowers:

el-khanz 11-19-2006 07:42 PM

Aiko is so adorable on that dresses. she's one of the prettiest little Princess. I also love to see her parents together. They looked so proud of Aiko. And for CP Masako, she seems very happy. I hope she'll get better and better each day.

Vanesa 11-20-2006 07:59 PM

Princess Aiko is more cute than ever, and certainly her mother looks great and beatiful these last two months. She seems to be a lot better than sometime ago, when she was so stressed.

Vanesa.

elle 11-20-2006 08:23 PM

ever since an heir was born into the imperial family. . . crown princess masako has become more and more happier. . . which is good as we all can see her beautiful smile more often. i just love her smile. . .

mayu12 11-22-2006 10:00 PM

how come mako and kako have no chakko-no-gi ceremony?

monica17 11-25-2006 09:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mayu12
how come mako and kako have no chakko-no-gi ceremony?

Mako and Kako already had theirs when they were about 5 years old respectively. Maybe you were referring to the video that wlee posted - and Mako and Kako's chakko-no-gi ceremonies weren't included? Empress Michiko already said in an interview during her recent birthday how she remembers the Chakko-no-Gi ceremonies for Sayako, Mako, and Kako.

I know this has been said by the others-Aiko looked especially doll-like in her chakko-no-gi ceremony; such a well-behaved and very poised young girl, too. I especially liked her in that pink kimono.

mandyy 11-30-2006 03:37 PM

Official birthday photos released celebrating Princess Aiko's 5th birthday on Dec. 1, 2006.
From Kunaicho

Aiko looks very cute going horse back riding.

Larger photos from Polfoto , Profimedia and Yahoo

Princess Aiko celebrates 5th birthday

...In one scene, Princess Aiko was seen feeding a carrot to a pony. As the pony's head drew near, the princess stepped backward apparently in fear but smiled in the end, the footage shows.
According to the Board of the Crown Prince's Household, Princess Aiko, who began attending Tokyo's Gakushuin Kindergarten this spring, sometimes helps her 42-year-old mother prepare her school lunchbox.
The young princess also practices riding her bicycle and plays with stuffed animals as if she were taking care of them, the board said. As proof of her strong interest in sumo wrestling, Japan's traditional sport, the princess sometimes watches it on TV after she comes back from kindergarten, it said....
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/061130/kyodo/d8lnk0s81.html

Princess Aiko celebrates 5th birthday
...Prior to her birthday, the Imperial Household Agency released video footage and photos of Princess Aiko enjoying horseback riding in the grounds of the Akasaka Estate in Tokyo's Motoakasaka district.
http://www.japantoday.com/jp/news/392061

Japanese princess turn 5 with future in the balance
Japan's Princess Aiko celebrated her fifth birthday on Friday with few clues as to whether the future will see her ascending the Chrysanthemum Throne or bargain-hunting at the local supermarket.
The September birth of her cousin Prince Hisahito, the imperial household's first male heir in more than 40 years, effectively halted progress on a planned change in the law to allow women to take the throne.
But many commentators say the law should still be revised to avert a future succession crisis.
"The birth of Prince Hisahito did not fully solve the heir problem," said Kenneth Ruoff, a professor at Portland State University and author of "The People's Emperor", a study of the modern-day Japanese monarchy. "There is no additional male child, no 'reserve' if you will, to ascend to the throne if something should happen to the prince," he added.....
http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/arti...1-ArticlePage2

Videos reporting about Aiko's birthday showing her going horseback riding (will expire soon)
FNN news
TBS news
NNN news

ENJOY!!!

pianohabebi 11-30-2006 04:43 PM

Thank you for the pics mandyy. Aiko looks absolutly adorable! And Masako and Naruhito look so happy and proud. It's so wonderful to see.

mandyy 12-01-2006 04:10 AM

Japanese Princess Aiko, accompanied by her mother Crown Princess Masako and father Crown Prince Naruhitro, arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to meet with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko December 1, 2006. Princess Aiko celebrated her fifth birthday on Friday.

Photos from AP and Reuters via Yahoo
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Video from FNN News of them arriving at the Imperial Palace

Jackswife 12-01-2006 10:02 AM

Five years old already! I can recall the day she was born and the announcement. She's certainly grown up into a beautiful little girl and will undoubtedly blossom more and more as time goes by. Hope she has a lon gand happy life!:flowers:

Avalon 12-01-2006 01:26 PM

:flowers: :flowers: Happy Birthday, Princess Aiko! :flowers: :flowers:

AIKO SADDLES UP FOR A LITTLE FIFTH BIRTHDAY FUN

In the run-up to her fifth birthday Japan's Princess Aiko has been given a treat likely to have made her the envy of little girls everywhere. Accompanied by her proud parents Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, the youngster was introduced to a small white pony in the grounds of the royal palace in Tokyo.

Pictures:
Princess Aiko riding, with parents
Princess Aiko with parents and her new four-legged friend riding
Princess Aiko with parents visits her grandparents

monica 12-01-2006 04:38 PM

thanksss avalon for the pictures.

Incas 12-03-2006 12:08 AM

What a cut birthday girl! I have always thought she takes after her father's looks. Now, I think she has Masako's eyes.

mandyy 12-30-2006 04:15 AM

Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and his daughter Princess Aiko acknowledge well-wishers as they head to the Imperial Palace for the annual rice pounding event in Tokyo Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006.

Photos from Yahoo

Amina 12-30-2006 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by mandyy
Japanese princess turn 5 with future in the balance

Thank you for the pix Mandy.

Very interesting article. It seems that at the moment her future training is in the balance. As they cannot train her to be a future empress under the current law but on the other hand they are not training her to lead the life of a commoner - in case the law changes.

Anyway she looks healthy and happy. I love her she is so cute.

dragonsfire8 12-31-2006 03:47 AM

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Originally Posted by mandyy

So cute. Its nice to see Prince Naruhito being such a tender father to his daughter. Are there more photos like these ones?

corazon 12-31-2006 12:29 PM

aiko is so so sweet! her parent so pround of her, I really want to see masako happy

Mari_* 01-06-2007 04:16 PM

Princess Aiko is no longer the heiress?

Avalon 01-06-2007 04:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Mari_*
Princess Aiko is no longer the heiress?

She never was. The Succession Laws of Japan do not allow females succeed to the Throne.
Before the birth of Prince Hisahito (the son of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko) the Government considered making Reforms, which would allow females succeed to the Throne.

However, recently it has been announced that the Government will not proceed with the reforms, at least for now.
So Princess aiko is not an heiress, and is unlikely to be one in near future.

Mari_* 01-06-2007 06:59 PM

Thanks Avalon, so the first in line is Prince Naruhito and the second is his little nephew Prince Hisahito!
It's kind of weird.. IMO

Elspeth 01-06-2007 08:33 PM

The first in line is Crown Prince Naruhito, then his younger brother Prince Akishino, then his nephew Prince Hisahito. His daughter and his nieces (Prince Hisahito's older sisters) are not in the line of succession.

CasiraghiTrio 01-07-2007 12:39 PM

I have always liked the picture of Aiko flying the kite. There is such a genuine, candid happiness in her face: here It's on the bottom right of the page.

Sister Morphine 01-10-2007 01:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Amina
As they cannot train her to be a future empress under the current law but on the other hand they are not training her to lead the life of a commoner - in case the law changes.


Hence why I feel sorry for that little girl. She has no clear future, so her parents don't know what to do with her, education-wise.

Vanesa 01-30-2007 08:06 PM

And she seems to be bright too! ;)

Vanesa.

dragonsfire8 03-09-2007 01:42 AM

Hopefully some changes are made for Princess Aiko to become Empress/Emperor, whichever title they use I'm not too sure, I'm seriously praying for this. If not, since Crown Princess Masako is getting better everyday, maybe there will be a little miracle will come bless her and the Crown Prince with more children (most likely a son) in the near future.

kez_1982 03-09-2007 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by dragonsfire8
Hopefully some changes are made for Princess Aiko to become Empress/Emperor, whichever title they use I'm not too sure, I'm seriously praying for this. If not, since Crown Princess Masako is getting better everyday, maybe there will be a little miracle will come bless her and the Crown Prince with more children (most likely a son) in the near future.

I hope that laws change in favour of Aiko too, I would like to see her as Empress, altough some feel like there's nothing more to do, I believe that there's a lot of time to change laws, I mean when the Crown Prince becomes Emperor and until he dies there's a chance for Aiko to be Empress, (correct me if wrong).

dragonsfire8 03-09-2007 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by kez_1982
I hope that laws change in favour of Aiko too, I would like to see her as Empress, altough some feel like there's nothing more to do, I believe that there's a lot of time to change laws, I mean when the Crown Prince becomes Emperor and until he dies there's a chance for Aiko to be Empress, (correct me if wrong).

I hear you, and I agree. There is still a lot of time to come, all I'm expecting at this point is that they get that debate (the one that will allow women to succeed) back on the table instead of just abbandoning it all together just because there is a prince in the current generation, which does not really solve the problem.

el-khanz 03-09-2007 08:27 PM

I agree. I understand that they consider their traditions but they also have to think about the future. Little Prince Hisahito is a blessed for the imperial family but having him in the line to succession doesn't really solve the problem. They just really need to think.

dragonsfire8 03-17-2007 12:05 AM

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Originally Posted by el-khanz
I agree. I understand that they consider their traditions but they also have to think about the future. Little Prince Hisahito is a blessed for the imperial family but having him in the line to succession doesn't really solve the problem. They just really need to think.

True. But when and if they do change the the succession law/rule....to something on the lines of the British monarchy (where a woman can inhereit the throne when there are no brothers to do so)....how would Princess Aiko & Prince Hisahito fit into it all? I just hope that, if that is the way they change it to, Princess Aiko will get priority due to the fact that she is the Daughter of the current Crown Prince & Crown Princess and her seniority to Prince Hisahito.

Princess Robijn 03-17-2007 06:28 AM

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Originally Posted by dragonsfire8
True. But when and if they do change the the succession law/rule....to something on the lines of the British monarchy (where a woman can inhereit the throne when there are no brothers to do so)....how would Princess Aiko & Prince Hisahito fit into it all? I just hope that, if that is the way they change it to, Princess Aiko will get priority due to the fact that she is the Daughter of the current Crown Prince & Crown Princess and her seniority to Prince Hisahito.

If it is the same rule as in the UK, Aiko would reign unless her parents have a boy.

The line would be:
HIH Crown Prince Naruhito
HIH Princess Aiko
HIH Prince Akishino
HIH Prince Hisahito
HIH Princess Mako
HIH Princess Kako
etc.

Elspeth 03-17-2007 12:01 PM

For a more in-depth thread about the succession and possible reforms, have a look at this thread:

http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...apan-4108.html

Vanesa 03-19-2007 08:51 PM

I found the article very informative. Thanks, Elspeth.

But as always, I wish I could exactly knows what the Japanese people really thinks about the whole matter.

Vanesa.

mandyy 04-06-2007 11:31 AM

Princess Aiko skis as she attends her first ski lesson at Okushigakogen in Nagano prefecture, central Japan, in this photo taken March 18, 2007 and released April 6, 2007 by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan.

Photos from AP via Yahoo
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Emily 04-06-2007 01:45 PM

Awww -- cute photos. Thanks mandyy. I wonder what the hoop-like pink thing she is holding onto is -- must be some sort of training method.


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