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Old 02-05-2018, 06:01 PM
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I agree. Sadly, there's no urgency to fix the problem. I don't have high hopes these patronages will change media coverage for Tsuguko or Ayako. Reaction has been mixed. Some are supportive and excited Tsuguko and Ayako will have more public roles. Others want the younger Takamado and Mikasa princesses to marry out so giving them patronages is seen as discouraging them from leaving.

On February 4th, Princess Hisako attended the 2018 Tableware Festival at the Tokyo Dome.
Photos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BezrW65A...aken-by=sisyu8
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:24 AM
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On January 28th, Princess Hisako attended the 16th International Student Music Competition and Exchange at the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center.
Photo: https://www.facebook.com/iness.nemir...04236075459077

On February 12th, Princess Hisako attended the Hockey Japan League Awards 2017.
Photos: https://www.facebook.com/erina.saito...08150695927968

ETA: Princess Hisako's article for BirdLife International
Camouflage in "Daidai" Color | BirdLife
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:16 PM
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On February 14th, Princess Hisako visited the special exhibition "Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia" at Tokyo National Museum and was presented with Arabic calligraphy.
Photos:
https://twitter.com/aiitgakuseika/st...99521985380352
https://twitter.com/aiitgakuseika/st...02311268843520

On February 16th, Princess Hisako and Princess Ayako attended the Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival held at the Tokyo Dome.
Photos: https://twitter.com/Latvia_Japan/sta...92483907342337
https://www.facebook.com/tuneyasu.ka...12571695588163

On the evening of the 16th, Princess Hisako attended the annual wine2water charity dinner and auction held at the Conrad Tokyo hotel. Money raised goes to Hope International clean water projects.
Photos:
https://www.facebook.com/natia.metre...15168424739462
https://www.facebook.com/glasscrossy...82463118496507
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

Green College, University of British Columbia tweeted a photo of Princess Ayako from June 2015.
https://twitter.com/GreenCollegeUBC/...98702033584128
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On January 20th, Princess Hisako attended the "Takamado Netsuke Collection Exhibition" at the Sakura City Museum of Art in Chiba Prefecture. The exhibit, open until February 18th, features 293 pieces including 14 works made by foreigners and 41 pieces from the Edo period.

Photo: Sankei
More photos at Asahi. The article says Prince Takamado gave his fiancee Hisako a horse shaped netsuke for her birthday in 1984. At their engagement press conference that August, she was asked what was her birthday gift from the prince; she replied "netsuke" which left the reporters confused.
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Old 02-19-2018, 12:02 PM
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Video of Princess Hisako's visit to "Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia" exhibit at Tokyo National Museum.
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Old 02-24-2018, 11:56 PM
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On February 22nd, Princess Hisako and Princess Ayako attended the opening ceremony of a Netsuke exhibition at Yokohama Museum of Art. The exhibit, open February 23 - March 4, features 30 color photographs taken by Princess Hisako and 30 Netsuke pieces.

Photos: kanaloco.jp, tokyo-np.co.jp
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:40 PM
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On February 24th, Princess Hisako attended the closing of the 2018 JACAC (Japan-Canada Academic Consortium) Student Forum.

Photo: https://twitter.com/IanBurneyJapan/s...49975635726337
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On February 16th, Princess Hisako and Princess Ayako attended the Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival held at the Tokyo Dome.
Photos: https://twitter.com/Latvia_Japan/sta...92483907342337
https://www.facebook.com/tuneyasu.ka...12571695588163

[...]
Noriko Senge also attended the Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival.
https://blog-imgs-118.fc2.com/r/e/t/...a7a1f7d86f.png
https://blog-imgs-118.fc2.com/r/e/t/...ef421dffea.png
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DW7LAQuVAAAMBEl.jpg

Screenshots from video embedded in this Japanese blog.
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Old 02-28-2018, 12:29 AM
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On February 23rd, Princess Hisako attended the opening of the "Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: The Golden Age in the Museo Del Prado" exhibition at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. The exhibit is part of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Spain and Japan.

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https://twitter.com/GarciaCasasF/sta...28612281520131
https://twitter.com/GarciaCasasF/sta...68312707665921
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan 日スペイン外交関係樹立150周年記念行事 堀井学外務大臣政務官の「プラド美術館展 ベラスケスと絵画の栄光」開会式出席 | 外務省
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Old 02-28-2018, 10:35 PM
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On March 1st, the IHA announced Princess Hisako is honorary president of the Japan Heart Foundation. The organization promotes cardiovascular disease awareness and automatic external defibrillator (AED).

Sources: Asahi, Sankei
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Old 02-28-2018, 10:41 PM
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Thanks for the update!
It is interesting that Princess Takamado has been assigned to/given a new patronage. I thought she planned to reduce her patronages.
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Old 03-01-2018, 01:15 AM
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Good to see that she is assigned for new patronage! I thought she would be sidelined soon because of the coming abdication (which it's too bad as I always think she is a great treasure for the imperial family).
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I don't know about sidelining; the family's already shrinking, might as well utilize the members it currently has. Tsuguko and Ayako getting patronages is a good sign the IHA is willing to share. I was concerned the extended relatives wouldn't get more duties since the IHA could be saving patronages for Kako, Aiko, and Hisahito.

On February 27th, Princess Hisako attended the 2017 Japan Foundation Prizes for Global Citizenship Award ceremony at the Capitol Hotel Tokyo.
Source: www.mofa.go.jp

On February 28th, Princess Hisako attended the 25th Yomiuri Theater Awards held at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.
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https://twitter.com/stage_natalie/st...31868250124288
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Old 03-06-2018, 01:55 PM
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On March 1st, Princess Hisako attended the Japan-Swiss Spring Ball 2018 held at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo.
Photos: https://www.facebook.com/akiya.yamam...02552466492226

On March 4th, Princess Hisako had a meeting with US-Japan Council's Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) participants.
Photo of her waving goodbye: https://twitter.com/abc7davidono/sta...86650236293121

The IHA announced Princess Hisako became feverish on the evening of 5th and was diagnosed with influenza A on the 6th. Her official duties later this week will likely be cancelled. [Sankei]

Wishing the Princess a speedy recovery!
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Old 03-11-2018, 05:54 PM
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On March 11th, Princess Hisako attended the Nobel Prize Dialogue Tokyo 2018 "The Future of Food" at PACIFICO Yokohama Conference Center.

Photos/video: https://twitter.com/sirfrasersays/st...68254329438208
https://twitter.com/sirfrasersays/st...71245044346880
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:21 PM
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[...] I don't have high hopes these patronages will change media coverage for Tsuguko or Ayako. Reaction has been mixed. Some are supportive and excited Tsuguko and Ayako will have more public roles. Others want the younger Takamado and Mikasa princesses to marry out so giving them patronages is seen as discouraging them from leaving.

Are the others who want the younger Takamados and Mikasas to leave the imperial family the set of envious Akishino fans who were pointed out before? I really don't believe that assigning patronages to Tsuguko and Ayako is "discouraging" them from marrying. It is not as if, had they not been assigned as many patronages, the path of an imperial family member would be comparable to the path of a commoner. If their view that the princesses or their potential husbands are discouraged from marrying is a fact, they might turn to the treatment of the Komuros for an explanation.


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Good to see that she is assigned for new patronage! I thought she would be sidelined soon because of the coming abdication (which it's too bad as I always think she is a great treasure for the imperial family).
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I don't know about sidelining; the family's already shrinking, might as well utilize the members it currently has. Tsuguko and Ayako getting patronages is a good sign the IHA is willing to share. I was concerned the extended relatives wouldn't get more duties since the IHA could be saving patronages for Kako, Aiko, and Hisahito.

I most certainly agree that the most pragmatic and foresighted posture would be to utilize the Mikasa and Takamado families, whose female members impress me as accomplished and charismatic, so far as they are available. However, I thought the Emperor had signaled that he wants them to marry out?


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On March 1st, the IHA announced Princess Hisako is honorary president of the Japan Heart Foundation. The organization promotes cardiovascular disease awareness and automatic external defibrillator (AED).

Sources: Asahi, Sankei
Didn't Prince Takamado die after suffering a heart attack?
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Old 03-16-2018, 02:24 AM
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Some are Akishino fans. Others may not be familiar with the extended families' public duties and it's the common "why are taxpayers supporting so many royals?" most monarchies get occasionally. I'm not aware of Princess Noriko being assigned patronages before her marriage. People are taking notice of Tsuguko and Ayako's appointments. There's never been a princess who has opted to stay unmarried for life. Some royal watchers think Princess Akiko could be the first.

Perhaps the Emperor or IHA reassessed the situation. The article says the proposal was discussed several years ago. The family has decreased or slowed down in recent years. Noriko married in 2014; Prince Mikasa died in 2016; Princess Hanako has not resumed public service since a hospital stay for back issues last September. Prince Hitachi has fewer public appearances. Outside of the Emperor's branch of the family, only Nobuko and Hisako are performing regular duties.

I've seen google translations of Japanese reports as heart attack. Here's an English article: Prince dies after collapse on embassy squash court | The Japan Times
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[…] The prince collapsed after suffering ventricular fibrillation and went into a state of cardiopulmonary arrest […]
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Old 03-30-2018, 02:22 AM
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On March 28th, Princess Hisako met Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Photo: https://twitter.com/cafreeland/statu...12194108133379


ETA: On January 16th, Princess Hisako attended the "Fifth International Symposium on Arctic Research (ISAR-5)" held in Tokyo.
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H.I.H. Princess Hisako Takamado marked the opening ceremony of the symposium by talking about the expectations from Arctic research.
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Old 04-06-2018, 10:23 PM
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On April 6th, Princess Hisako attended the book launch of the Japanese edition of "Gandhi's Outstanding Leadership" by former Ambassador of India Pascal Alan Nazareth at the Indian Embassy in Tokyo.

Photos: https://twitter.com/IndianEmbTokyo/s...38803023687680
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Old 04-10-2018, 11:42 PM
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On February 12th, Princess Hisako attended the Hockey Japan League Awards 2017.
Photos: https://www.facebook.com/erina.saito...08150695927968

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Better photos at hjl-hockey.tv

Princess Tsuguko attended the 2017 Prince Takamado Trophy Men's Hockey Japan League at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground in Tokyo on December 17, 2017. She watched the final 2 matches.
Sources: Pictures of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado and her family - The Imperial Household Agency (updated recently) and metro-hockey.tokyo.jp
http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/activity/a...ty08-ph-38.jpg
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:22 PM
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Better photos at hjl-hockey.tv

Princess Tsuguko attended the 2017 Prince Takamado Trophy Men's Hockey Japan League at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground in Tokyo on December 17, 2017. She watched the final 2 matches.
Sources: Pictures of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado and her family - The Imperial Household Agency (updated recently) and metro-hockey.tokyo.jp
http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/activity/a...ty08-ph-38.jpg
Once more, very Canadian of the Takamado family. Why do the referees(?) wear rainbow striped uniforms?
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Old 04-14-2018, 08:12 PM
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I don't know. They're super noticeable though. Haha.

On March 23rd, Princess Hisako attended the 20th Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Medicine and Science award ceremony held at the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa in Minato, Tokyo.
Source: japan-sports.or.jp
http://www.japan-sports.or.jp/Portal...nensatsuei.jpg
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