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Old 08-04-2019, 03:16 PM
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Princess Hisako visited Nara Prefecture August 1-2 for the 50th National Moms Volleyball Tournament.

Princess Hisako visited Hokkaido Prefecture August 3-4 for the 31st "Starry Sky Town, Blue Sky Town" National Convention in Teshikaga. She also visited a Sika deer ranch in Kushiro before the convention.

Videos: NHK, hbc.co.jp 1, hbc.co.jp 2

Later on August 4th, Princess Hisako attended the closing ceremony of the 54th Japan Sea Cadet Federation National Convention in Ōmori Furusato-no-Hamabe Park in Ota, Tokyo.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/jsf.sasebo/...27963864015770
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Old 08-05-2019, 10:29 PM
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Princess Hisako will visit Canada in August... not announced yet

Gala Dinner Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Canada-Japan Relations
Another event for Princess Hisako in Canada...

Official Opening Ceremony of Montgomery Park in Cavendish Tickets, Wed, 28 Aug 2019 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite

"Wed, Aug. 28, 2019:

1 pm | Meet & Greet

1:30 pm | Remarks from dignitaries, tree planting by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan, the unveiling of the L.M. Montgomery statue by Kate Macdonald Butler and Jennie Macneill, as well as the celebration of Cavendish's Founding families and more."
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Old 08-08-2019, 01:21 AM
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On August 8th, Princess Hisako attended a joint activity declaration signing ceremony between J-League Bird Society and Birdlife International Tokyo at the JFA House. She is honorary president of Japan Football Association and BirdLife International. The organizations will collaborate on environmental conservation activities.

Asahi photos

https://twitter.com/asahi_soccer1/st...37757514199042
https://twitter.com/J_League/status/1159396380441370624
https://twitter.com/tete_room/status...32385994899457
https://twitter.com/tete_room/status...30176834031616

https://tokyo.birdlife.org/archives/news/17680
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Old 08-09-2019, 03:30 PM
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Princess Hisako will informally visit Canada from August 23 to September 2nd. She will participate in Japan-Canada relations 90th anniversary events, attend the opening of Montgomery Park, meet Nikkei, pay a courtesy visit to the Governor-General of Canada, and have luncheon with the Vice-Governor of Ontario.

This is Princess Hisako's 10th visit to Canada since 1987 including 6 trips with her late husband Prince Takamado.

Sources: Jiji, Sankei
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On August 10th, Princess Tsuguko attended the archery finals of the Inter-High School Sports Championship in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture. Before the archery finals, she visited Yatsushiro Castle and the Matsui family teahouse "Shohinken." This is her first official visit to Kumamoto Prefecture for public service.

Princess Tsuguko succeeded her mother as honorary president of All Japan Archery Federation in January 2018.

Videos: news24.jp, tku.co.jp

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https://twitter.com/ImperialJPNfan/s...47434359918592
https://twitter.com/ImperialJPNfan/s...48895437361152
https://twitter.com/ImperialJPNfan/s...54359411679234
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Old 08-10-2019, 03:40 PM
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Princess Tsuguko is such an interesting individual, she's got a little spirit to her that makes me wonder how comfortably she fits into the Imperial family's machine. I'm happy to see her taking on a few more engagements, and hope to see more of her in the future.
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Old 08-10-2019, 05:00 PM
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Princess Takamado's three daughters are lovely and full of life. Like their mother.
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Princess Tsuguko is such an interesting individual, she's got a little spirit to her that makes me wonder how comfortably she fits into the Imperial family's machine. I'm happy to see her taking on a few more engagements, and hope to see more of her in the future.
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Princess Takamado's three daughters are lovely and full of life. Like their mother.
I agree, and I find it interesting that a mother who, if the gossip magazines can be believed, has quite traditionalist attitudes surrounding marriages for her daughters nonetheless raised three daughters who, once more if the magazines can be believed, seem to be considered fairly free-spirited by the standards of the imperial family.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:09 AM
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I agree, and I find it interesting that a mother who, if the gossip magazines can be believed, has quite traditionalist attitudes surrounding marriages for her daughters nonetheless raised three daughters who, once more if the magazines can be believed, seem to be considered fairly free-spirited by the standards of the imperial family.
Yes, they come across as having much more distinct and defined personalities than say, Princesses Mako and Kako. From what I have read about her, Princess Hisako has a very firm grasp on the kind of marriages that would be acceptable for imperial princesses, and worked to promote those kinds of unions. How successful Noriko's marriage is might be open to debate ( I always thought that one was kind of odd), and Tsuguko so far seems to have eluded capture, but it is definitely an interesting family to watch.
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:21 AM
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I think we'll see more of Princess Kako's personality now that she's graduated from university and will focus on public service. From past engagements, she appears to be more animated at times than Mako who seems reserved/perpetually serene. Nothing wrong with that. There's probably also additional pressure to behave in a certain way since the Akishino branch has higher precedence than the other Imperial branches.

The magazines' depiction of Princess Hisako reminds me of Mrs. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. Yeah... I've wondered about Noriko's marriage as well. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Found more info about Princess Hisako's informal visit to Canada (I wish the IHA would provide a schedule...)

She will attend Nikkei festivals in Vancouver on August 31 and pay a courtesy call to Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, in Victoria on September 1st.

https://www.vancouver.ca.emb-japan.g...00_001044.html
https://www.vancouver.ca.emb-japan.g...00_001045.html

ETA: She'll give a public lecture on "Netsuke and the role they played in introducing Japan to the West" at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on August 30. (Register before August 22)

https://www.facebook.com/events/909964879349907/
https://www.facebook.com/PTJCUA1/pho...type=3&theater
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:25 AM
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Yes, it will be interesting to see how Princess Kako's public personality develops over time, or if the pressures of being the Akishino princesses manages to crush out any hint of individuality for Mako and Kako.

Princess Hisako as Mrs Bennet, only without the vulgarity and stupidity? I can see that I've also always wondered if part of her motivation is to get her daughters safely out of the clutches of the Imperial machine. She's intelligent enough to have recognized that after a certain point, the priority might be to have warm bodies to support the work of the Imperial family, and princesses leaving the family might be strongly discouraged--as I believe we see hints may be happening with Mako and Kako.

I'd love to hear the lecture, just as I would have loved to see the exhibit of the Takamado netsukes.
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I think Princess Hisako is also a realist. The Imperial House Law is what it is and even if female branches are allowed eventually, any change will most likely exclude the Mikasa and Takamado branches, or be too late for her daughters to continue the Takamado branch.

Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary has an outline for Princess Takamado's informal Canada visit.
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The Princess will travel across the country during her visit. She will visit Toronto between August 23rd and 26th, Ottawa between August 26th and 27th, Charlottetown between August 27th and 29th, Edmonton between August 29th and 31st and Vancouver and Victoria between August 31st and September 1st.
On August 17th, Princess Hisako attended the opening ceremony of the Olympics field hockey stadium at Oi Wharf Central Seaside Park in Tokyo.

Photos: Asahi
https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...8170021-p1.jpg
https://twitter.com/tajimakazuo/stat...96881912180738

FIH launches "Gift of Hockey" campaign

http://www.fih.ch/media/13286197/princess-takamado.jpeg

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https://twitter.com/ImperialJPNfan/s...30072832069634
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Old 08-19-2019, 10:20 PM
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On August 18th, Princess Hisako attended Takamadonomiya Cup 39th All Japan School Children's Rubber Baseball Tournament at Meiji Jingu Stadium in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Photo: https://tetsudo-ch.com/9610139.html
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ECYFM37UcAAUrLD.jpg

Princess Hisako at 0:00 and 2:43 in video below:

ETA: On August 19th, Princess Hisako attended the "Thai textile exhibition and fashion show" hosted by the Thai Embassy at Tokyo National Museum.

Photos:
https://www.facebook.com/pattamy.sek...56434302198730
https://www.facebook.com/maki.shima2...36280613172690
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
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On August 20th, Princess Hisako attended luncheon at the residence of Canada's Ambassador to Japan ahead of her unofficial visit.

https://twitter.com/IanBurneyJapan/s...98476833792000
https://twitter.com/IanBurneyJapan/s...98655548923904
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Old 08-23-2019, 01:37 PM
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On August 23rd, Princess Hisako departed for her 11-day unofficial visit to Canada from Tokyo Haneda airport.

Video: NHK

Screenshots: https://twitter.com/ImperialJPNfan/s...32222190620672
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On August 24th, Princess Hisako attended the 2019 Japan Festival Canada in Mississauga, Ontario.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1jlePeJMky/
https://twitter.com/ninatangri/statu...97749472419845
https://www.instagram.com/p/B1j-zb_hKYi/

ETA: Princess Hisako attended a special lunch with Mayor Bonnie Crombie, members of Mississauga Friendship Association, and others.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/mississauga...80929091977039

Princess Hisako's speech at the festival
https://www.facebook.com/earle.warne...7279278136578/
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Old 08-26-2019, 04:25 PM
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More photos of Princess Hisako at the Takamadonomiya Cup 39th All Japan School Children's Rubber Baseball on August 18-19. She attended the opening ceremony and first match.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1VI3t5J4r1/

On August 25th, Princess Hisako met Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

https://twitter.com/LGLizDowdeswell/...42139970678784
https://twitter.com/RonStarr6/status...53400074752000
https://twitter.com/drewdilkens/stat...73570991276035

On August 26th, Princess Hisako visited the Supreme Court of Canada.
https://twitter.com/SCC_eng/status/1166069143575175168

... at Mitsugi Kikuchi's art exhibition at the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa.
https://twitter.com/hrwestington/sta...21242002370563

Princess Hisako visited the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and Roger Neilson House. "The princess toured the cardiology clinic and Roger Neilson House where she presented the children with a Senbazuru (1000 paper cranes) and read a story to the children."
Photos: https://www.facebook.com/Mirai.Kushi...49408431944748
https://www.facebook.com/CHEOkids/ph...type=3&theater
https://twitter.com/AlexMunter_/stat...56830571978757
https://twitter.com/AlexMunter_/stat...34752796250113

Later, she attended a gathering at the Ambassador of Japan's residence in Ottawa.
Photos: https://twitter.com/MsGabrielle/stat...81502847995906
https://www.facebook.com/realestatem...type=3&theater
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On August 27th, Princess Hisako visited Governor General Julie Payette at Rideau Hall.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/GGJuliePaye...56188167739830
https://twitter.com/GGJuliePayette/s...18816064270337

ETA: she visited the Canadian Museum of History and toured the Japanese Zen Garden she opened with her husband Prince Takamado in 1995.

https://twitter.com/CanMusHistory/st...46338059493378

Arrival at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Princess Takamado of Japan arrives on P.E.I. | CBC News
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The princess is the international patron of the Lucy Maud Montgomery Institute and will take part in the official opening of the new Montgomery Park and Green Gables Visitor Centre.

Cora MacDonald, an Island taxi driver, said she was parked outside the Charlottetown Airport in a line of taxis when a security guard informed her the princess would be landing.

MacDonald left her post outside the airport and sat on a bench inside and said she was excited to see the princess land.

"I wanted to see a real princess, I never seen one before," MacDonald said, adding the idea of a princess visiting P.E.I. is kind of romantic.

While Princess Takamado is on the Island she will be visiting UPEI and touring Sekisui Diagnostics.
https://i.cbc.ca/1.5262111.156694801...s-takamado.jpg
https://i.cbc.ca/1.5261926.156694281...s-takamado.jpg

https://twitter.com/flyYYG/status/1166468378749546496
https://twitter.com/CBCPEI/status/1166494413566218240
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On August 28th, Princess Hisako attended the opening of the new Montgomery Park in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.

https://twitter.com/CTVAtlantic/stat...49178715877379
https://twitter.com/CTVAtlantic/stat...47552944967680
https://twitter.com/CTVAtlantic/stat...55175006179332
https://twitter.com/KWalkerCTV/statu...49063943000065
https://twitter.com/CBCPEI/status/1166808101112008704
https://www.facebook.com/TIAPEI/phot...type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/kenwrite/po...57424905914002
https://www.facebook.com/kathie.suli...56606261406818
https://www.facebook.com/CavendishBe...74845219299511
https://www.facebook.com/groups/welo...2925452826900/
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...7&id=747142426
https://www.facebook.com/SculptorNat...47284355332069

Video/article: Japanese princess visits P.E.I., praises 'Anne of Green Gables' | CTV News
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[...] “The novels of Ms. Montgomery have managed to capture the imagination of so many people around the world and Anne of Green Gables has continued to give hope and encouragement to many,” the princess told gathered dignitaries.

“Today when the world is subject to so much divisiveness this homage to Lucy Maud Montogomery is most timely and relevant. Although we differ ‘physically,’ Canada and Japan are indeed kindred spirits.”

[...]

“I had the pleasure of attending a performance of Anne of Green Gables and I watched how everyone in the audience was enthralled by the performance,” Princess Takamodo added.

[...]
Canada and Japan are 'kindred spirits,' says Princess Takamado | CBC News
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With the inclusion of meetings highlighting Canadian government, the arts, children's welfare, history, and cultural exchange, this unofficial visit appears more developed than many official visits!

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“Today when the world is subject to so much divisiveness this homage to Lucy Maud Montogomery is most timely and relevant. Although we differ ‘physically,’ Canada and Japan are indeed kindred spirits.”
To think that a quiet visit from a princess or a beloved book can affirm the affinity between two distant countries. Is anyone familiar with what key values or traditions are shared between the cultures of Japan and Canada?
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