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Old 08-29-2019, 06:39 PM
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On August 24th, Princess Hisako attended a gala at the Royal Ontario Museum celebrating the 90th anniversary of Japan-Canada diplomatic relations, the 35th anniversary of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and the 30th anniversary of The Japan Society.

Flickr album

https://twitter.com/AsiaPacificFdn/s...02491592794113

On August 29th, Princess Hisako attended the opening of Green Gables Heritage Place at Prince Edward Island National Park in Cavendish.

https://twitter.com/LordCultural/sta...74140626907137
https://twitter.com/LordCultural/sta...75580284018691
https://twitter.com/WayneEaster/stat...09207134494730
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https://twitter.com/kubikGlobal/stat...29273432539136
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Old 08-30-2019, 07:54 PM
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On August 30th, Princess Hisako gave lecture about Netsuke at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Princess Takamado of Japan visits Edmonton in cross-country tour | Edmonton Journal
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[...]

Her visit also coincides with the 15th anniversary of the Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research at the U of A, named after her late husband. The couple met at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo and Prince Takamado studied at Queen’s University, the start of a “deep affinity” for Canada for both.

The university also awarded the princess an honorary law degree in 2004.

U of A Dean of Arts Lesley Cormack said the support of the princess and her husband is an important part of bringing “the world to our campus and our campus to the world.”

[....]

Afterwards, Princess Takamado delivered a lecture on her PhD topic, Netsuke traditional carvings, to a crowd of community members and dignitaries — including Alberta Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell and the Japanese Consul General in Calgary Shigenobu Kobayashi — at the faculty club on campus.

“I hope that (the visit) will bring that visibility, that it will help us renew our relationship with the princess and our Japanese partners, and that we will come up with some more interesting new projects to work on together,” said Cormack.
A royal visit for the University of Alberta | CTV News

https://twitter.com/moirawyton/statu...57557759217669
https://twitter.com/edmontonjournal/...69140296617984
https://twitter.com/Spartan403/statu...67972895502345
https://twitter.com/Spartan403/statu...79256370167808
https://twitter.com/Spartan403/statu...83977243824128
https://twitter.com/LeelaAheer/statu...33168650461186
https://twitter.com/PTJCUA1/status/1167850232756854784

ETA: Princess Takamado of Japan visits U of A - The Gateway
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[...] During her lecture, Princess Takamado explained the different Netsuke statues and how their intricacy attracted western collectors.

“The Netsuke, though tiny in size, played as goodwill ambassadors, tying the West and Japan.”

First-year international and visiting student certificate program participant Shingo Murata remarked on how he had to travel across the world for a chance to see Princess Takamado.

“I’m proud of Japan. In Japan I can’t meet her, but here I can meet her so I feel happy,” he said.

[...]

Lesley Cormack, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, said the university has shared an “intimate connection” with the princess since she received her honorary degree in law in 2004.

“The princess, who is an alumnus of the university, contributes and guides the [Prince Takamado] Centre’s initiatives,” she said. “The princess’ interests help shape the initiatives, mainly encouraging students to learn Japanese, but also other connections we share with Japanese institutions.”

Cormack said the U of A works closely with 39 partner institutions in Japan for research, student exchanges, and international learning opportunities.

“We have a good network with other Japanese universities… because of our relationships with the princess,” Cormack said.
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Old 08-31-2019, 10:39 PM
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On August 31st, Princess Hisako attended the Nikkei Matsuri Festival in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Japanese princess visits Burnaby festival | CTV News (includes video)
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[...] "Matsuri festivals are held all over Japan and some of the histories go back for absolutely centuries," Princess Takamado said to the crowd. "Though the matsuri around the world differ in many ways, they all share the fact that they bring people together in a celebration of life."

The princess also took time to reflect on her visit so far and the importance of her country's "friendly relationship" with Canada.

"My late, Canadian-educated husband often spoke about Canada's mosaic culture and how we should try to create more such societies worldwide," she said. "Today, when we see so much divisiveness it becomes even more evident that the basis of human society is about inclusion and thrives on communities getting together." [...]
Photos: 2019 Nikkei Matsuri Facebook album
https://twitter.com/richardliu18/sta...55812397928450
https://twitter.com/rockylo4/status/1168192870693527552
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...0807603&type=3
https://www.instagram.com/p/B12iqjuHNOK/

ETA: Princess Hisako visited Camosun College in the evening.
https://twitter.com/GeoffWilmshurst/...52271675924481
https://twitter.com/GeoffWilmshurst/...94676223922176
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Old 09-02-2019, 12:19 AM
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On September 1st, Princess Hisako met Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

https://twitter.com/LGJanetAustin/st...94953715290113
https://twitter.com/IanBurneyJapan/s...74062688903169
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Old 09-06-2019, 01:11 AM
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More photos of Princess Hisako in Canada.

https://www.facebook.com/david.byng....56500259775911
https://www.facebook.com/ChefCastroF...type=3&theater

Apparently, the IHA had to approve photos before people could share them on Facebook.
"Jacqueline’s photos with the Japanese royals (Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado and her entourage)when she performed to them finally got approved by the Imperial Household Agency and released..."
https://www.facebook.com/jendiau/pos...62624013725571
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:28 AM
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On September 10th, Princess Hisako attended the induction ceremony of the 16th Japan Football Hall of Fame at the JFA House in Hongo, Tokyo.

Photos: Nikkansports 1, Nikkansports 2

ETA: Also, more photos of Princess Hisako at the "Thai Textiles: A Touch of Thai" event at Tokyo National Museum on August 19 at Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Press Release : Cultural Roadshow in Japan
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On September 12th, Princess Hisako attended the reopening of Hotel Okura Tokyo's main building after 4 years of construction. The famed hotel has been renamed "The Okura Tokyo" and features 2 towers: 17-story Heritage Wing and 41-story Prestige Tower.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/satsuki.izu...77263982365953
https://img.kyodonews.net/english/pu...d2/photo_l.jpg

Renovated luxury hotel The Okura Tokyo opens ahead of Olympics - Kyodo News+

NHK video
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Old 09-13-2019, 02:28 AM
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Princess Tsuguko will visit Switzerland September 25-29 for workshops organized by UNICEF headquarters.
Sources: Sankei, Jiji

ANN video includes Princess Hisako at the opening of The Okura Tokyo. She was welcomed as the first guest.
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Old 09-14-2019, 03:21 AM
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More photos of Princess Hisako's visit to in Edmonton, Alberta August 29-31

Thank you Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary!

Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado Visit to Edmonton : Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary (includes photos)
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[...] After visiting the Prince Takamado Japan Centre at the University of Alberta and meeting with the Japan Centre's board members, many attended the lecture given by Her Imperial Highness about Netsuke (miniature sculptures invented in the 17th-century) hosted by the university.

Later that day, Her Imperial Highness visited McConnell Place North, an assisted-living facility, and met with Japanese nationals, as well as those of Japanese descent. In the evening, she attended a dinner hosted by Alberta Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell.
Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary: Facebook album

Also, they tweeted!
https://twitter.com/CGJCalgary/statu...42146773417984
https://twitter.com/CGJCalgary/statu...42236841918464
https://twitter.com/CGJCalgary/statu...42302742810625
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https://twitter.com/CGJCalgary/statu...42635720212480
https://twitter.com/CGJCalgary/statu...42773553410048
https://twitter.com/CGJCalgary/statu...42943011704832
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Old 09-14-2019, 06:54 AM
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And thank you for locating the photos and information from the many various sources! (It would be nice if the IHA would do the same ...)

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Apparently, the IHA had to approve photos before people could share them on Facebook.
"Jacqueline’s photos with the Japanese royals (Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado and her entourage)when she performed to them finally got approved by the Imperial Household Agency and released..."
https://www.facebook.com/jendiau/pos...62624013725571
The IHA has the authority to preapprove photos taken by private citizens even when abroad? That seems a bit overbearing, but perhaps there is something I am missing.
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Old 09-18-2019, 02:20 AM
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Maybe that event was more private than others? I don't know.

Recently, Princess Hisako was spotted bird watching at Takatoyama Park in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Photos: https://facebook.com/kiyoshi.ushijim...49334525158180

Video of Princess Hisako at the 34th Tokyo Metropolitan Art Gallery for the Disabled on July 26
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Old 09-22-2019, 04:52 AM
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Princess Hisako visited Iwate Prefecture September 21-22 for the opening of the Great East Japan Earthquake Tsunami Museum (nicknamed "Iwate TSUNAMI Memorial") at Takada Matsubara Tsunami Reconstruction Memorial Park in Rikuzentakata City. The museum displays about 150 items collected from 12 coastal towns in addition to photographs and panels, with the theme of "Protecting lives and living with the sea and the earth."

Roadside station "Takata Matsubara" also opened.

NHK video, fnn.jp video

https://www.asahicom.jp/articles/ima...01178_comm.jpg
https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...9220038-p1.jpg
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Old 09-24-2019, 02:11 AM
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Recently, Princess Hisako was spotted bird watching at Takatoyama Park in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Photos: https://facebook.com/kiyoshi.ushijim...49334525158180

[...]
Princess Hisako visited Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture September 18-19 for BirdLife International and J-League Bird Society environmental activities. Football club Giravanz Kitakyushu has been supporting tideland cleaning with an elementary school.

Photos: https://tokyo.birdlife.org/archives/news/17921


Princess Hisako visited Gifu Prefecture September 23-24 for the 2019 Japan Sports Masters Tournament, a sporting event for athletes over the age of 35. On the 23rd, she attended the opening ceremony and visited a pool for the disabled. On the 24th, Princess Hisako attended the women's softball final in Ibigawa and a volleyball competition in Yamagata.

Photos: gifu-np.co.jp 1, gifu-np.co.jp 2, Asahi

https://twitter.com/noguyoshi0827/st...69117899792384
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Old 09-27-2019, 12:52 AM
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Looks like it was a 4-day visit to Gifu Prefecture? On September 26th, Princess Hisako attended a ceremony marking the 130th anniversary of the Japanese Red Cross Society Gifu Prefecture Branch.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...00006284464754

Edmonton Japanese Community Association has an article about Princess Hisako's Netsuke lecture when she visited Canada. Page 6 of September - October PDF
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Netsuke are small toggles, made of many materials such as wood, ivory or ceramics. They were originally vital to anchor sagemono, a hanging object such as a tobacco pouch, from the obi (belt) of a man’s kimono, since the traditional Japanese garment had no pockets. As many Japanese moved to western dress after the 1868 restoration of the Meiji and the opening of the country to the world, these tiny works of art (always having two holes, to attach the sagemono cord) lost their utilitarian purpose. But they then took on a completely new role, as easily transportable works of art to feed the growing western fascination with everything Japanese. [....]

[...] The earliest examples presented by Her Imperial Highness were shaped as round disks with relatively low relief carving – so as not to catch and damage the cloth. She traced the evolution of the use and styles of netsuke through many period paintings and artworks, used by scholars as dating tools. Over time, netsuke became more and more elaborately carved with fine detail. Animals, birds, zodiac figures and ghosts all became popular subjects, providing, as Her Imperial Highness noted, “a gateway into Japanese mythology.”

At the end of her lecture, Her Imperial Highness took questions from the audience, giving detailed answers that only hinted at her obvious depth of knowledge on the topic. But she also revealed interesting personal stories, such as the fact that it was she who first introduced her late husband to netsuke, and that his first gift to her before they were married was in fact, a netsuke.
ETA: Found a photo of Princess Tsuguko with Swedish politician Ann Linde during King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia's visit to Japan in April 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/annlindepol...type=3&theater
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Old 09-28-2019, 11:33 PM
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On July 12th, Princess Hisako attended the reception of the 2019 Tokyo Camera Club Photo Exhibition at Hikarie Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo.

https://tokyocameraclub.com/special/...reception.html

https://tokyocameraclub.com/special/...n/_DSC0387.jpg


On September 28th, Princess Hisako attended the 27th Regional Traditional Performing Arts National Convention in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/25261141155...type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...00008385664082
https://www.facebook.com/temk.family...00411750162500

https://twitter.com/tsubutani/status...07135323856896

She attended a reception and dinner with the governor of Nara Prefecture.
https://twitter.com/tsubutani/status...07070454714368
https://twitter.com/tsubutani/status...07302999511040
https://twitter.com/tsubutani/status...07253934579712
https://twitter.com/tsubutani/status...07377624600576

Princess Hisako will visit Ibaraki Prefecture October 1-2 for the 74th National Sports Festival.

Oct 1: lunch at Shirosato Town center
Oct 2: weightlifting in Takahagi City

Sources:
www.town.shirosato.lg.jp
www.city.takahagi.ibaraki.jp
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Old 10-02-2019, 12:01 AM
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Correction: Princess Hisako visits Ibaraki Prefecture for 3 days (September 30 - October 2) for the 74th National Sports Festival.
Source: www.city.hitachinaka.lg.jp

On September 25th, Princess Hisako gave a lecture and attended the general meeting of the Asiatic Society of Japan (ASJ) hosted by the Ambassador of Afghanistan at the Embassy in Tokyo. She also viewed a photo exhibition about the 100th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence.

Photos: The Asiatic Society of Japan, Inc.’s (ASJ) General Meeting and Lecture by Honorary Patron, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado - The Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo
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[...] It was an honor and a pleasure for H.E. Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat to allow the Asiatic Society of Japan, Inc. to host their General Meeting as well as a special lecture by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo, Japan.

[...] Following the lecture, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat had the pleasure of introducing Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado to the historical photo exhibit on display at the embassy chronicling the 100th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence; from the early start by His Royal Highness King Ghazi Amanullah Khan and through to the current leaders of the National Unity Government, H.E. President Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and H.E. Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. [...]
Princess Hisako's busy schedule. I feel tired just looking at it...

9/18-19: Fukuoka Prefecture for BirdLife International & J-League
9/21-22: Iwate for tsunami memorial & museum
9/23-24: Gifu for Japan Sports Masters
9/25: Tokyo for ASJ lecture & meeting
9/26: Gifu for 130th Red Cross branch anniversary
9/28-29: Nara for cultural convention
9/30-10/2: Ibaraki for National Sports Festival
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Old 10-05-2019, 03:04 PM
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On September 29th, Princess Hisako attended K-POP Secret Concert during Day 2 of the 11th Japan-Korea Exchange Festival in Tokyo.

https://twitter.com/hana_heart_asia/...22235071381504

Princess Hisako visited Ibaraki Prefecture September 30-October 2 for the 74th National Sports Festival. She also visited Mito City's football team Hollyhock.

https://twitter.com/hollyhock_staff/...24147130298369
https://twitter.com/Eee06405252/stat...86817649668096

Princess Tsuguko visited Ibaraki Prefecture October 4-5 for the 74th National Sports Festival. She seems popular. I've found the most photos of her visit compared to Hisako, Akiko, and Yoko. (Not counting Naruhito, Masako, and Akishino family since they usually get media coverage)
Oct 4: softball in Kasama, climbing in Hokota
Oct 5: handball in Jōsō, e-Sports in Tsukuba

Sources: Kyodo, city.kasama.lg.jp

Photos of Oct 4:
https://www.facebook.com/kasama.city...13401588710973
https://www.facebook.com/katsuyuki.u...16877441773985

https://twitter.com/_aurola_/status/1179944697113899009
https://twitter.com/ibaraki_kasama/s...52536029396992
https://twitter.com/_KOGAUmpire_/sta...84097160380416

Photos of Oct 5:
https://twitter.com/takezo4313/statu...68269297229829
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Old 10-08-2019, 02:02 AM
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In September, Princess Hisako opened the "Masterpieces from the Musée de l’Orangerie, Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection" exhibition at the Yokohama Museum of Art in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/chisato.kan...65599793518311
https://kobalog.jp/burart/2019/09/orangerie2019/

* The exhibition opened to public on September 21 so the opening ceremony/vernissage was probably the day before.

ETA: Princess Hisako's speech at the 16th Japan Football Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on September 10th.

Mr. NISHINO Akira, Mr. OKADA Takeshi, and Mr. SASAKI Norio inducted into the Japan Football Hall of Fame - The 16th selection of Japan Football Hall of Fame inductees | Japan Football Association
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I would like to truly congratulate Mr. NISHINO Akira, Mr. OKADA Takeshi, and Mr. SASAKI Norio for their induction to the Japan Football Hall of Fame. Mr. NISHINO and Mr. OKADA were the coaches of the “Japan National Team,” while Mr. SASAKI was the coach of the “Nadeshiko Japan.” A national team coach must assemble individual talents to build a team, analyse opposing teams within a limited time, construct the team strategy, and make decisions on how to approach each match. I can only begin to fathom the pressure they endure while taking responsibility to lead the team that represents Japan. However, these three individuals have overcome that pressure. I believe that it is no longer a dream to see Japan rise as champions at the FIFA World Cup someday. I am also looking forward to seeing a Japanese coach being offered with a coaching position for the national team of football powerhouses in Europe and South America. I sincerely hope that the induction of these three individuals can motivate variety of people and help energise the Japanese football community.
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Old 10-10-2019, 01:19 AM
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On October 8th, Princess Hisako attended the opening reception and award ceremony for the 22nd Annual Japan through Diplomats' Eyes photo exhibition. This year's theme was "Reflections on the Heisei Era."
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Award winners were from Venezuela, North Macedonia, Thailand, Nepal, Zambia, Lebanon, and Vatican Embassies. 62 diplomats from 44 countries’ embassies participated.
Photos: https://www.facebook.com/edward.levi...19746758315077
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Old 10-12-2019, 12:12 PM
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More photos from embassies

https://www.facebook.com/MKDinJapan/...23618311263711
https://www.facebook.com/AmbasadaRom...93814447436984
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...8540&__tn__=-R
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