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Old 10-19-2018, 02:10 AM
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From October 17-18th, Princess Yoko attended the Prince Tomohito Memorial Cup 20th Hokuriku Welfare Golf Tournament which was held in Ishikawa, Fukui, and Toyama Prefectures. 117 people participated; this year's tournament proceeds (about 1 million yen) was awarded to "Kobo Ao no Oka," an organization helping people with disabilities find employment.

Princess Yoko also visited NPO Smile Network Sakai in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture and "Goldwin Tech Lab" in Oyabe, Toyama Prefecture. Smile Network Sakai, a support organization for people with disabilities, was awarded the proceeds from last year's golf tournament.

Photo: chunichi.co.jp, webun.jp

ETA: Music therapy visit via fukuishimbun.co.jp
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Old 10-24-2018, 02:56 AM
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On October 23rd, Princess Nobuko attended the 130th anniversary ceremony of the Japanese Red Cross Society's Gunma Prefecture Branch in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture. 664 people were honored for their work.

Princess Nobuko also visited Maebashi Red Cross Hospital which was relocated in June.

Photo: www.jomo-news.co.jp
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Old 10-27-2018, 02:01 PM
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On October 27th, members of the Mikasa and Takamado families attended the 2nd anniversary memorial ceremony for Prince Mikasa at Toshimagaoka Cemetery.

Sankei gallery and news24.jp video

Screenshots of his son-in-law Tadateru Konoe, daughter Yasuko Konoe, daughter Masako Sen, granddaughter Noriko Senge, and grandson Tadahiro Konoe (I think...)

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ETA: https://twitter.com/FNN_News/status/1056377764725514240

Princess Hisako appears in fnn.jp video
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Old 10-28-2018, 01:43 AM
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On October 28th, the TV program "Imperial Diary" aired an interview with Princess Akiko about her grandfather Prince Mikasa.

https://twitter.com/J0Dxx7kashiki2/s...97785127952385

Prince Mikasa's favorite Hebrew typewriter:
https://twitter.com/banocchi/status/1056302170792841216
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Old 10-28-2018, 04:54 PM
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Back on October 19th, Princess Akiko attended the start of La Festa Mille Miglia 2018 at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. She is honorary president of this annual Italy-Japan Friendship Rally.

https://twitter.com/cnnphilippines/s...22505441914880

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Outline | La Festa Mille Miglia 2018
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Old 11-02-2018, 04:03 AM
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Princess Akiko, with Kabuki actors Nakamura Kankurō VI and Nakamura Shichinosuke II, held a workshop on October 27th for 250 children and adults at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine in Kyoto. They are sons of late Kabuki actor Nakamura Kanzaburō XVIII, who was a close friend of Prince Tomohito. Both fathers died in 2012.

In the opening greetings, Akiko dedicated Kabuki at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine and became emotional, wiping away tears.

Sources: Kyodo, Sankei Imperial Weekly #563

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Old 11-11-2018, 12:22 AM
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Princess Nobuko visited Kumamoto Prefecture November 7-8th for the 8th Kyushu Red Cross Society Convention.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/eishin.saka...38391929598424

ETA: copied some photos to https://twitter.com/ImperialJPNfan/s...73577390661632
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:47 AM
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[...] Princess Akiko's cultural organization Shinyusha will hold a wagashi workshop on October 21st at Nogi Shrine in Tokyo.

September 12th Facebook post looking for participants. Space is limited to 20 children and their parents/guardians.
Princess Akiko and October 21st workshop photos/video:
https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...04630672985102
https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/v...50855858670525

I love these workshops!
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:06 AM
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More photos of Princess Akiko's October 21st Kabuki workshop at https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...13193112128858

On November 9th, Princess Yoko attended the opening ceremony of the 67th National Youth Conference at Nippon Seinen-Kan Hall in Tokyo.
Photos: https://www.facebook.com/jiro.nemoto...43438722394267

Princess Nobuko also visited Kikuyou Shokuniku Center (meat company) during her November 7-8 visit to Kumamoto Prefecture.
Photos: https://www.kikuyousyokuniku.jp/weblog/post-634/
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Old 11-17-2018, 02:52 AM
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On November 16th, Princess Akiko attended the 50th anniversary ceremony of the Professional Ski Instructors Association (SIA) of Japan at InterContinental Tokyo Bay hotel.

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https://www.facebook.com/nakajima.hi...58151284288161
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Old 11-19-2018, 12:32 AM
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On November 18th, Princess Yoko attended the 43rd Joint Sports Day, hosted by the social welfare corporation fellowship, at the Setagaya District General Gymnasium in Tokyo.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...9803585&type=3
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Old 11-22-2018, 09:58 PM
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More photos of Princess Yoko at https://www.facebook.com/edasako.yud...87403094740013

Princess Nobuko visited Fukushima Prefecture November 19-21 to inspect recovery progress. She visited the prefecture creation environmental center in Miharu, Aquamarine Fukushima in Iwaki, Futaba Mirai Gakuen High School in Hirono and an elementary school in Namie.

It's her 4th visit to Fukushima since the 2011 earthquake and nuclear accident. Students and the princess discussed efforts to revitalize the prefecture's negative image following the disasters.

Video/photos: https://www.fnn.jp/posts/00068683FTV
minpo.jp 1
minyu-net.com
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Copied photos at https://twitter.com/ImperialJPNfan/s...56321612390400

ETA: From September 10-11, Princess Nobuko visited Aichi Prefecture for the 27th welfare concert of AJU Independent Living.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...weEAdx4BmAw-Kp
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Old 11-25-2018, 03:05 AM
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On November 24th, Princess Yoko attended the 51st All Japan Championship for pocket billiards in Hyogo Prefecture.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/alljalanjpb...18292381605611
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Old 11-27-2018, 02:46 AM
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Back on October 12th, Princess Akiko attended the 100th anniversary celebration of Kenichi Fukui's birth at Kyoto University. Kenichi Fukui was the first Asian scientist to receive a chemistry Nobel Prize, sharing the honor with Roald Hoffmann in 1981 for their independent investigations into the mechanisms of chemical reactions.

Photos: kyoto-u.ac.jp

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Old 12-08-2018, 01:37 AM
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On October 18th, Princess Akiko gave a special lecture "To convey Japanese culture to the future” at Kokushikan University. About 220 students and faculty members attended the lecture and Q&A session. Princess Akiko discussed her graduate thesis, Japanese art, Western art differences, preservation, and cultural transfer.

After the lecture, Princess Akiko was presented with flowers.

Photos: https://www.kokushikan.ac.jp/current...ils_12439.html
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:13 AM
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On December 4th, Princess Akiko and Kokugakuin University students attended a rice workshop where they cooked and ate the rice they planted in May and harvested in September. The menu featured rice, miso soup, pickled food, tsukudani, and nori.
Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...47027112078791

Princess Akiko's cultural organization Shinyusha will host a calendar workshop on January 27 at Tokyo Daijingu. Participants will use traditional paper, stencils, and ink to make the calendars. Space is limited to 30 people and children must be above 4th grade in elementary school. Application deadline: January 18 and if lottery is needed, applicants will be notified by January 21st.
Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...44286892352813
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Old 12-15-2018, 03:12 AM
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On November 11th, Princess Akiko attended the 33rd Children's Song Grand Prix Competition at EX Theater Ropponji.

Photos: https://douyou-contest.com/lastyear/
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Old 12-16-2018, 01:02 AM
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Found an English book review of Princess Akiko's 2015 book about her time at Oxford. I did not know she had tea with Queen Elizabeth. I wonder if other princesses (Tsuguko, Mako, Kako) met the Queen during their UK study abroad. I'm also super curious about what the IHA did to Akiko; was the agency pushing her to finish sooner or what?

Student life through the eyes of royalty - BCCJ Acumen By Yuuichiro Nakajima
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[...] The author, Princess Akiko of Mikasa, is the elder daughter of the late Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, who, until his passing in June 2012, was honorary patron of the Japan-British Society.

Aka to Ao no Gaun is a collection of essays, written with a light touch and obvious candour, covering the princess’s two periods of study at Merton College, Oxford. She was initially there as an undergraduate in 2001–2, and then as a probationer research student and doctoral candidate for five years from 2004.

I met the princess in the mid-2000s through an introduction by a mutual friend, when I used to sing with, and manage, a choir in Tokyo. She had expressed an interest in joining the group and came to listen to us rehearsing. The interest was taken no further.

We then ran into each other near Mitsukoshi Department Store in Ginza; she recognised me before I did her. Soon thereafter, she graced one of our concerts with her presence. Through these brief encounters I formed a view of the princess as an easy-going young lady with a curious mind: qualities that come through well in her writing.

The book covers a period of six years, taking us through her time in the UK and the rest of Europe. She describes her initial struggle with the English language; life without a personal guard; going incognito; making friends; facing academic challenges; having tea with Her Majesty the Queen; travel nightmares on public transport; broadening her cooking repertoire; and organising Japanese art exhibitions. These are all covered, in addition to the principal theme of her post-graduate studies.

[...] the princess was initially confounded by the freedom she experienced as a university student away from home and vexed by the responsibilities that came with this.

Her second stay at Oxford seemed to harden her, however, as she was put through the rigors of proper academic research while taking care of herself without daily domestic support. She candidly refers to her close calls with pressure-induced nervous breakdowns, and is open about the hardship of doctoral work.

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The book is as much about the princess’s time at Oxford as it is about her late father, whom she describes in the warmest tones. [...]

[...] While the princess is not entirely uncritical of her father, she directs her harshest criticism towards the Imperial Household Agency, whom she comes close to accusing of pedantry, being inconsiderate, and of obstinacy in their treatment of her at the end of her studies. [...]
From google translations of the book's reviews on Amazon Japan, readers found the princess a funny person, full of humor. They also connected with the struggles a student faces when studying abroad: language barriers, food issues, wanting to go home, etc. One review mentioned Princess Akiko visited the Crown Prince couple to learn about their study abroad experiences. The book is dedicated to her father, the late Prince Tomohito.
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Old 12-18-2018, 01:38 PM
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Found an English book review of Princess Akiko's 2015 book about her time at Oxford. I did not know she had tea with Queen Elizabeth. I wonder if other princesses (Tsuguko, Mako, Kako) met the Queen during their UK study abroad. I'm also super curious about what the IHA did to Akiko; was the agency pushing her to finish sooner or what?

Student life through the eyes of royalty - BCCJ Acumen By Yuuichiro Nakajima

From google translations of the book's reviews on Amazon Japan, readers found the princess a funny person, full of humor. They also connected with the struggles a student faces when studying abroad: language barriers, food issues, wanting to go home, etc. One review mentioned Princess Akiko visited the Crown Prince couple to learn about their study abroad experiences. The book is dedicated to her father, the late Prince Tomohito.
This is a book I would love to read. I wish there were an English translation!
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Old 12-19-2018, 02:18 PM
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Me too!

Princess Akiko's cultural organization Shinyusha will hold an enthronement clothing workshop on Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto on January 26, 2019. Titled "Welcome to world of costumes - Sokui no Rei," participants will learn about traditional Heian attire and get to wear the clothes.

Space is limited to 12 children
Deadline to apply: December 31, 2018
Approximate schedule for January 26:
12:30 reception
13:00 workshop starts
13:45 dressing begins
16:30 end
Attire: collar free clothes, pants. No skirts.

Facebook post/photo: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...&__tn__=EEHH-R
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