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Old 04-30-2017, 05:15 PM
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On April 29th, Princess Hisako attended the opening ceremony and lecture of the "Takamado-no-miya Netsuke Collection Exhibition" at Oguni Shrine in Morimachi, Shizuoka Prefecture. The exhibit is sponsored by the shrine, Shizuoka Shimbun, and Shizuoka Broadcasting Corporation and runs from April 30 to May 14.

Photos: at-s.com
http://www.at-s.com/news/images/n36/...00052000_2.jpg

Also, more photos of Princess Hisako’s visit to the Dior store on the 19th at Getty Images
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Old 05-02-2017, 01:08 AM
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On May 2nd, Princess Hisako opened the "17th Ambassador of 10 Countries Gardening Exhibition" at Hotel Okura in Minato-ku, Tokyo. The event, open until May 6th, provides workshops to learn about the culture of each country and raises money for social contribution activities. Tonga, Costa Rica, South Africa, Bangladesh, Romania, Lithuania, Portugal, Denmark, Croatia, and Thailand participated this year and half were female Ambassadors. Other countries were represented by the Ambassadors' wives.

Photos: Asahi
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Old 05-02-2017, 09:57 PM
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On April 29th, Princess Hisako attended the opening ceremony and lecture of the "Takamado-no-miya Netsuke Collection Exhibition" at Oguni Shrine in Morimachi, Shizuoka Prefecture. The exhibit is sponsored by the shrine, Shizuoka Shimbun, and Shizuoka Broadcasting Corporation and runs from April 30 to May 14.

Photos: at-s.com
http://www.at-s.com/news/images/n36/...00052000_2.jpg

Also, more photos of Princess Hisako’s visit to the Dior store on the 19th at Getty Images
Thank you, Prisma. How is the exhibition connected to the Takamados?
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:56 AM
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You're welcome, Tatiana Maria. Prince Takamado collected netsuke and later, Princess Hisako joined his hobby. They eventually acquired a big collection and part of it was donated to the Prince Takamado Collection Room at the Tokyo National Museum. Princess Hisako periodically loans out selections.

Kokugakuin University Museum will have a special exhibit of Prince Takamado's netsuke May 28 - July 23
Special Exhibition - Prince Takamado Netsuke Collection
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Old 05-04-2017, 11:11 PM
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The prince's netsuke collection is lovely.

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Netsuke originated in 17th century Japan as a means for men who wore robes known as kimono, which lacked pockets, to hold their belongings. Containers called "sagemono"—pouches, woven baskets, or beautifully crafted boxes called "inro"—were attached to the robes' sashes with cords and fasteners known as netsuke.


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The themes depicted on netsuke, only a few inches in size, are endless, though they are often focused on Japanese history and mythology—from depictions of warriors to animals. There are dozens of styles of netsuke, such as kataborinesuke, which is sculptural netsuke, and mennetsuke, which is mask netsuke.



Netsuke - Collector Information | Collectors Weekly
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Old 05-18-2017, 12:39 PM
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Princess Hisako met with Professor Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, and his wife Wendy in early May.

Tokyo trip lays building blocks for future engagement with Japan | Office of the President
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Wendy and I also had the honour of meeting with H.I.H. Princess Takamado, a long-time friend of Canada. The Princess has visited UBC on several occasions, most recently in 2013, and she’s very fond of Pacific Northwest Indigenous art. (She also shares my passion for the cello.) I invited her to visit UBC the next time she’s in Canada, which we both hope will be soon.
http://president.ubc.ca/files/2017/0...11-768x513.jpg
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:03 AM
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On May 19th, IHA announced Princess Ayako will work 4 days a week as a researcher at Josai International University’s Welfare General School starting June 1st. The term ends March 2020 and can be extended if necessary. She will live in a university dormitory in Chiba Prefecture and commute by public transport.

Source: Asahi

I think the Google translation "Welfare General School" means Graduate School of Social Work Studies | Josai International University

Ayako has a Master's degree in social welfare from Josai International University.
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:42 PM
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On May 11th, Princess Hisako attended the 20th anniversary of the Japan through Diplomats' Eyes 1998-2017 Retrospective Exhibition at Canon Open Gallery, Canon S Tower in Shinagawa, Tokyo.

Photos at Edward Levinson’s Facebook post:
https://www.facebook.com/edward.levi...4sMTk5OCAyMDE3

On May 12th, Princess Hisako attended a lecture and performance of Kalaripayattu ancient Indian martial arts at the Indian Embassy.

Photos from Sujan Chinoy, Ambassador of India to Japan:
https://twitter.com/SujanChinoy/stat...17472252796928
https://twitter.com/SujanChinoy/stat...30547211108352
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Old 05-21-2017, 02:21 PM
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On February 28th, Princess Hisako and Princess Ayako attended the opening ceremony of Takamado Exhibition - Sparkling Birds in Naka Ward, Yokohama. 50 bird photos are on display and all taken by Princess Hisako in or around Yokohama city. The exhibition runs until March 6th.
Source: Sankei

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Photos 6, 9 of Princess Hisako from Sankei Imperial Weekly #476

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Finally a photo of Princess Ayako at this February event.
http://blog-imgs-106.fc2.com/r/e/t/r...ed099b8f1a.png

Another piece of old news: Princesses Hisako and Ayako attended the diplomatic duck hunt in 2016.
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Old 05-29-2017, 05:52 PM
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On May 29th, Princess Hisako and Princess Ayako attended a screening of the movie "Flower Warriors" at the Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. The movie, directed by Tetsuo Shinohara, about a flower monk who challenged Toyotomi Hideyoshi during the Warring States Period, will be in theaters June 3rd. Princess Hisako praised the movie, saying it captures Japanese culture very carefully; she is Honorary President of the Ikebana International.

Photos: Asahi

Trailer at www.hanaikusa.jp
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Old 06-04-2017, 01:13 AM
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As a member of Japan Committee for UNICEF, Princess Tsuguko visited elementary and junior high schools in Hioki City, Kagoshima Prefecture to talk about poverty, the bad environments children around the world face, and UNICEF’s activities on May 25th. The group gave lectures to 36 elementary school students (5th and 6th grade) and 210 junior high school students.

Princess Tsuguko and committee director Mariko Mizuno also visited the Governor's office to discuss UNICEF's activities.

Sources/photos: 373news.com
https://twitter.com/kyusyu_news/stat...19147987132418

A student carrying 15kg to demonstrate poor water conditions elsewhere in the world.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DBK5G83UwAAPVnp.jpg

Meeting at the Kagoshima Prefecture's office:
http://www.mbc.co.jp/web-news2/2017052600023197.jpg
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Old 06-16-2017, 10:57 PM
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She also signed a bottle of wine for the fundraiser. Photo from https://twitter.com/RoderickWols/sta...09323728478208
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:05 PM
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On June 15th, Princess Hisako attended the June Gala Luncheon held by the Tokyo Founding Chapter of Ikebana International.

Princess Hisako stresses power of flowers - The Japan News
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Princess Hisako of Takamado, honorary president of Ikebana International, emphasized the “power of flowers,” in her remarks at the event, which was joined by the wives of ambassadors to Japan and ikebana masters.

The princess talked about a series of terrorist attacks that had struck European countries, including recent attacks in Britain, saying, “Each time, there are people who gather from around their country and offer flowers.”

The mission of Ikebana International is to “bridge the world with flowers,” the princess said. “We have an extremely important role to play.”

The gala also included an ikebana demonstration by Senko Ikenobo, headmaster designate of the Ikenobo ikebana school.

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Old 06-24-2017, 12:52 AM
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Princess Hisako will be traveling aboard from July 5-11th to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Japan-Ireland diplomatic relations. She'll also stop by Luxembourg for a courtesy visit to GD Henri before arriving in Dublin on the 7th.

Princess Ayako will visit Canada July 13-18th for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Japan-Canada Friendship Garden.

Sources: Mainichi, NHK
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Old 06-25-2017, 06:59 PM
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Princess Hisako will attend the Canada 150 Maple Leaf Gala on September 29th at the Tokyo American Club in Minato-ku, Tokyo.

Canada 150 Maple Leaf Gala | Canadian Chamber of Commerce Japan
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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ) is proud to host the Canada 150 Maple Leaf Gala on September 29, 2017, in the presence of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, and His Excellency, Ambassador of Canada to Japan Ian Burney. The Maple Leaf Gala is the flagship Canada-Japan community event in Tokyo, and 2017 marks its 38th year. This year, we hope to bring together all individuals and companies to celebrate a truly special occasion, Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation.
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More on Princess Ayako's July 13-18 visit: The crowning jewel for Lethbridge's summer celebrations
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​​​​The City of Lethbridge is proud to host Her Imperial Highness Princess Ayako of Takamado from Japan, July 14-15. Along with celebrating Canada 150, the Princess will also help commemorate the 50th anniversary of both the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden and the University of Lethbridge.
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Princess Ayako has accepted Lethbridge's request to visit after Mayor Spearman and a Lethbridge delegation delivered an invitation, in person, while visiting the Japanese Imperial Palace last February.

During her visit, Princess Ayako will partake in various activities including an official tour of the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque. She will also enjoy the Nikkei Cultural Society's Bon Odori Dance and be the guest of honour at the Experience the Friendship banquet at the ENMAX Centre.
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Photos of Prince and Princess Takamatsu's visit in 1967:
https://twitter.com/NikkaYuko/status/879462306911985664
https://twitter.com/NikkaYuko/status/879461588167573504
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Princess Hisako will be traveling aboard from July 5-11th to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Japan-Ireland diplomatic relations.
And this visit is starting . Today meeting with the Irish President Michael Higgins at his residence

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Old 07-07-2017, 01:19 PM
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Thanks for the update!
As always ... it is nice to see Princess Hisako representing Japan abroad.
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Old 07-08-2017, 04:31 AM
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More on the Ireland visit: https://www.facebook.com/JapanInIrel...61144834167977
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We are happy to welcome Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado to Ireland. Her itinerary includes a courtesy call on President Michael D. Higgins and visits to the LauraLynn Children's Hospice, the Chester Beatty Library and the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Gardens.
On July 2nd, Princess Hisako awarded the prize at the 49th JNSA (Japan National Student Association) Trophy Intercollegiate English Oratorical Contest. She is Honorary Patron of the JNSA Fund.

The 49th JNSA Trophy Intecollegiate English Oratorical Contest / Student learns biggest rival is herself - The Japan News
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Kanako Bizen of Sophia University won first prize in the 49th JNSA (Japan National Student Association) Trophy Intercollegiate English Oratorical Contest, with a speech titled “Win against the rival” on Sunday.

The Sophia senior was awarded first place out of 53 contestants who participated in the event, held at The Yomiuri Shimbun’s head office in Otemachi, Tokyo. Bizen has won first prize for three consecutive years.

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After giving the trophy to Bizen, Princess Takamado, Honorary Patron of the JNSA Fund, congratulated contestants who delivered speeches on various themes and said, “It has been an extremely good learning experience for me, and you’ve given me a lot of food for thought.”

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Old 07-08-2017, 12:33 PM
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Princess Hisako opened a Japanese art exhibit at the Chester Beatty Library on July 8th. Exquisite scrolls.

Twitter photos:
https://twitter.com/CBL_Dublin/statu...51648895279105
https://twitter.com/SandriCollins/st...35084011728896

Video: https://twitter.com/rtenews/status/883749897639297024

Japanese art exhibition opens at Chester Beatty Library
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An exhibition of Japanese art at Dublin’s Chester Beatty Library has been opened by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan.

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The four-set scrolls at the library were written by calligraphers of the highest rank including a brother of a Japanese emperor in the 17th century.

During a visit to Ireland in 1985, His Majesty the Emperor Akihito was so taken with the scrolls that he offered the conservation services of Japan's Imperial Household Agency to restore them. The conservation took a year to complete and the scrolls were returned to the Chester Beatty Library.

Princess Takamado, who studied art and culture at the University of Cambridge and Osaka University of Arts in Japan, took great interest in the pieces and was impressed with the library's collection.

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ETA: President | Diary | President Receives Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado Of Japan On A Courtesy call
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On Friday 7 July, President Higgins received Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado.

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At the Áras, the Princess visited the tree planted by Emperor Akihito, when the then Crown Prince visited Ireland in 1985.

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