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Old 08-12-2019, 10:04 PM
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In early August, Princess Nobuko received members of the Japan Nursery Rhyme Society at her residence.

https://twitter.com/Ryhayumamo1/stat...21607194939392
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:12 PM
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In early August, Princess Nobuko received members of the Japan Nursery Rhyme Society at her residence.

https://twitter.com/Ryhayumamo1/stat...21607194939392

Okay, now I have to know what the Japan Nursery Rhyme Society does, because that sounds very intriguing. Do you have any idea, Prisma?
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:03 PM
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From the Japan Nursery Rhyme Society website, they preserve nursery rhymes from previous eras for future generations and encourage new nursery rhymes. It seems the Meiji era saw an increase in nursery rhymes, promoted by the Ministry of Education with contributions from authors and artists. Besides helping children's emotional education and artistry/creativity, the rhymes are important culturally and historically. The society celebrated it's 100th anniversary last year and from the earlier tweet, it seems Princess Nobuko is honorary president (?).
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Old 08-13-2019, 04:08 PM
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Thank you for explaining, it sounds like a wonderful cause to be associated with. Clearly Princess Akiko is not the only Mikasa family member to have an interest in both children, and the preservation of Japan's cultural heritage for those children.
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Old 08-16-2019, 03:40 AM
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Princess Akiko visited Yamagata Prefecture August 2-4 for the 40th National Junior High School Selection Shogi Championship.

Photo: shogiyamagata.com

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Old 08-16-2019, 07:18 PM
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[...] From July 27-29th, Princess Akiko's cultural organization Shinyusha hosted a kids camp at Izumo Taisha Shrine in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture.
July 27: opening ceremony, indigo dye workshop, prayers
July 28: local scouts joined the camp, museum, ancient burial mounds and houses, and shrines connected to Izumo

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...21703574611141
Shinyusha added July 29th's activities: the group purified themselves at Yakumo Falls within the grounds of Izumo Taisha shrine and attended the closing ceremony.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...39180882863410
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Old 08-22-2019, 07:20 PM
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From February 19-21, Princess Akiko attended the Chichibunomiya 92nd All Japan Student Ski Championships at Nozawaonsen in Nagano Prefecture.

Photo: https://ameblo.jp/skicomp1947 blog
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ECmuH8UVAAA9rRT.jpg

On August 19th, the IHA announced Princess Yoko resigned as president of International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) on July 31 because the importance and awareness for universal design has been recognized and the role has been completed.
Source: Sankei Imperial Weekly #604
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:48 PM
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On August 9th, Princess Akiko's cultural organization Shinyusha hosted a paper flower workshop at Kogakkan University in Ise, Mie Prefecture. The flowers will be dedicated at an imperial festival at Iwashimizu Hachimangū Shrine in Kyoto Prefecture in September. She also visited the Sagawa Memorial Shinto Museum at Kogakkan University.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...50174415097390
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Old 08-24-2019, 12:19 AM
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On August 19th, the IHA announced Princess Yoko resigned as president of International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) on July 31 because the importance and awareness for universal design has been recognized and the role has been completed.
Source: Sankei Imperial Weekly #604
That is an interesting explanation for a resignation. Isn't universal design a term for accommodating designs to users with physical disabilities? I would imagine that Japan, as with any other country, has the capacity for further progression on that score, but that its importance existed before the JIF's patronage, so I wonder what benchmark was set (and achieved) for Princess Yoko's presidency.
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Old 08-24-2019, 04:18 PM
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Princess Nobuko attended the 2019 Tokyo World Judo Championships Art Exhibition at the Kodokan in Tokyo today, August 24:



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Old 08-24-2019, 07:17 PM
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A few more photos at Art Exhibition unites Sports and Art / IJF.org

https://res.cloudinary.com/duu3v9gfg...1566637389.jpg
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https://twitter.com/necks01/status/1165126278896242689

On August 23rd, Princess Nobuko attended a gala dinner celebrating the 55th anniversary of Judo as an Olympic sport at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo. She was appointed as new IJF (International Judo Federation) Ambassador.

Photo: Judo celebrates 55 years as an Olympic sport with gala in Tokyo / IJF.org
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Princess Nobuko appears briefly at 0:18
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On August 25th, Princess Nobuko attended the 2019 Tokyo World Judo Championships at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. She presented the medals for women's under 48kg.

BILODID retains while CHKHVIMIANI captures first world title / IJF.org

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Old 08-30-2019, 02:25 AM
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On July 1st, Princess Nobuko attended the Patent Attorney System 120th anniversary ceremony at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo.
Photos: https://www.jpaa.or.jp/120th_anniver...ersary_report/

On August 5th, Princess Akiko of Mikasa gave a lecture about Japanese culture at the general meeting of Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto.
Photo: https://www.jinja.co.jp/news/news_010829.html
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EC4Bo3fU4AAiHi9.jpg

On August 11th, Princess Akiko attended the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships at Sea Forest Waterway in Odaiba, Tokyo Bay.
Photo: https://www.facebook.com/JapanRowing...type=3&theater

On August 29th, Princess Nobuko met young judoka from the Kodokan on Day 5 of the 2019 World Judo Championships in Tokyo.
Photos: Kodokan kids take centre stage at the Nippon Budokan / IJF.org
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“It was a pleasure for them to meet Her Imperial Highness and IJF Ambassador Princess Tomohito of Mikasa who was very happy to meet the children.”

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“I liked shaking hands with Princess Tomohito, she was very kind.”
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Old 09-02-2019, 01:24 AM
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On September 1st, Princess Nobuko attended Day 8 of the World Judo Championships at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.

Day 8 – Japan beat France in Nippon Budokan classic / IJF.org

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On September 3rd, Princess Nobuko attended the 70th anniversary ceremony of Junior Chamber International Tokyo.

https://twitter.com/OMEJC/status/1168901760049659907
https://twitter.com/jctokyo_toshima/...03293969076224

ETA: On September 4th, Princess Akiko gave a lecture about Imperial clothing since the Meiji Era at a 5-day Kimono Studies workshop in Kyoto.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/alljapankim...5381?__tn__=-R
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Old 09-07-2019, 02:56 PM
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More photos of Princess Nobuko at the World Judo Championships on September 1st and August 31st.

https://www.facebook.com/kyoko.ogawa...28443540570266

Better photos of Princess Nobuko at the 70th anniversary ceremony of Junior Chamber International Tokyo on September 3rd.

https://www.facebook.com/jcitokyo/po...09470709093696
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On September 8th, Princess Nobuko fell at her residence in the evening. She still had pain the next morning and was admitted to Keio University Hospital where she was diagnosed with a first lumbar vertebra fracture. No surgery is needed but she'll be hospitalized for 1-2 weeks with complete recovery expected in 3 months. Her public service scheduled for September has been cancelled. Princess Nobuko wants to attend enthronement events next month.

Sources: Jiji, news24.jp, NHK

Wishing Princess Nobuko a speedy recovery. I hope she prioritizes her health over the enthronement.

On September 2nd, Princess Akiko attended the inauguration of Nobuhiro Nishitakatsuji as 40th chief priest of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shine at Hotel Nikko Fukuoka in Fukuoka Prefecture.

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On September 8th, Princess Nobuko fell at her residence in the evening. She still had pain the next morning and was admitted to Keio University Hospital where she was diagnosed with a first lumbar vertebra fracture. No surgery is needed but she'll be hospitalized for 1-2 weeks with complete recovery expected in 3 months. Her public service scheduled for September has been cancelled. Princess Nobuko wants to attend enthronement events next month.

Sources: Jiji, news24.jp, NHK

Wishing Princess Nobuko a speedy recovery. I hope she prioritizes her health over the enthronement.
Poor Princess Nobuko. I hope her health will permit her to attend the enthronement if that is what she desires. Hopefully the Empress Emerita will also have fully recovered by that time as I'm sure she would at least enjoy following the ceremonies on television.


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On July 1st, Princess Nobuko attended the Patent Attorney System 120th anniversary ceremony at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo.
Photos: https://www.jpaa.or.jp/120th_anniver...ersary_report/
I attempted to find more information on the Patent Attorney System but failed; that aside, it is a benefit of having an imperial family that they can draw attention to (apparently) easily missed events such as this.
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Old 09-10-2019, 12:20 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear about Princess Nobuko's fall and spinal fracture, and wish her a speedy and complication free recovery.

Considering the weight of the junihitoe that is worn for the enthronement, I am extremely skeptical about whether participating in the enthronement is going to be possible for Princess Nobuko. Whatever decision is made, I hope that she isn't pressured to do, or chooses to do, anything that will affect her long term health.
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Old 09-13-2019, 03:34 AM
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Princess Akiko will visit the UK October 2-7 for events related to The British Museum, where an exhibition of treasures is on loan from Nara's temples and shrines.
Source: Sankei

More about the exhibition: https://www.visitnara.jp/lists-and-s...h-and-renewal/
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From October to November, the British Museum will display around 20 works from some of Nara's most prominent temples and shrines, many of which are designated as National Treasures and Important Cultural Assets.

Date: 3rd October-24th November, 2019
Princess Akiko contributed to the Kyoto Costume Institute's 11th issue of "Clothing" magazine (November 2018)
Photos: https://www.neki.co.jp/works/429/

ETA: Princess Akiko was invited by the Japan-British Society to give a special lecture on "English Tea and Japanese Tea" at the International House of Japan on October 30th.
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The Society is honoured that HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa has accepted an invitation to give a lecture on “English Tea and Japanese Tea”.
https://www.japanbritishsociety.or.j...iko-of-mikasa/
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