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Old 11-08-2019, 02:42 AM
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On November 7th, Princess Akiko of Mikasa attended the opening ceremony of the 7th World O-CHA(Tea) Festival 2019 at Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center in Shizuoka Prefecture. She is honorary president of the triennial festival.

Princess Akiko also visited the Fujisan World Heritage Center in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka.

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Old 11-09-2019, 02:20 AM
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On November 8th, Princess Yoko attended the opening ceremony of the 68th National Youth Convention at Nippon Seinenkan Hall in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shintaro.ko...83925589026587
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On November 9th, Princess Yoko attended the kendo competition of the 68th National Youth Convention.

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Old 11-11-2019, 04:24 AM
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Princess Akiko visited Wakayama Prefecture November 8-9 for the 32nd National Health and Welfare Festival, an athletic and cultural competition for people over 60. The oldest participant is a 100-year-old man from Toyama Prefecture. Prince Hitachi used to attend this festival.

She also visited Shima Seiki, a top knitting machine manufacturer, and two prefectural museums.

Photos: https://wbs.co.jp/news/2019/11/08/140133.html
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Old 11-13-2019, 01:16 AM
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Princess Nobuko received Rev. Takamasa Yamamura, Head Minister of Honolulu Myohoji Temple, in October.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/yamamura.ta...type=3&theater

On November 2nd, Princess Nobuko visited the Yamaga Lanterns Folk Crafts Museum in Yamaga, Kumamoto Prefecture. She also attended a performance by Kabuki actor Bandō Tamasaburō V at Yachiyo-za Theater.

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Old 11-21-2019, 02:03 AM
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Princess Akiko visited Niigata Prefecture November 19-20 for the Chrysanthemum Flower Festival.

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Old 11-23-2019, 09:12 PM
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Princess Nobuko visits Osaka Prefecture November 22-25 for the Judo Grand Slam Osaka 2019 competition.
She attended the medal ceremony for Women -52 kg weight category on November 22, day 1 of the competition. She became IJF (International Judo Federation) Ambassador in August.

Photo: ABE Uta suffers defeat; ABE Hifumi keeps Olympic dream alive / IJF.org
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Old 11-24-2019, 04:49 PM
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On November 5th, Princess Akiko and her cultural organization Shinyusha invited calligrapher Unokichi Tachibana to give a lecture on Edo Calligraphy at Kanda Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/shinyusha/p...28994437215386
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Old 11-28-2019, 05:12 AM
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On November 28th, Princess Nobuko attended the 130th anniversary ceremony of the Japanese Red Cross Society Yamanashi Prefectural Branch at Highland Resort Hotel & Spa in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture. She'll visit the Yamanashi Red Cross hospital in Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko on the 29th before returning to Tokyo.

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Old 11-29-2019, 03:05 AM
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On October 24th, Princess Akiko gave a lecture titled "Japanese culture conveyed by rice" at Kokushikan University's Graduate School of Humanities. She spoke about festivals, mythology, rice cultivation, and touched on the enthronement ceremony held 2 days earlier. She is a Special Guest Professor at the university.

Photos: kokushikan.ac.jp

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On November 25th, Princess Akiko attended a tea ceremony at Samukawa Shrine in Kanagawa Prefecture. Genshitsu Sen (Sōshitsu Sen XV), former iemoto of Urasenke tea ceremony, conducted the event which celebrated the 10th anniversary of the shrine's back garden.

Genshitsu Sen is the father-in-law of Masako Sen, Prince Mikasa's younger daughter and Princess Akiko's aunt.

Photos: townnews.co.jp

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Old 12-04-2019, 02:18 AM
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Princess Yoko will privately visit Myanmar December 11-17 at the invitation of Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar. The agenda includes a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi and visits to a Japanese cemetery in Yangon and Buddhist sites in Bagan. She will be the first Imperial family member to visit Myanmar.

Princess Yoko met Aung San Suu Kyi during the enthronement in October, see posts #396 and #400

Sources: Jiji, Yomiuri

ETA: Asahi reports Princess Yoko will also visit the capital Naypyitaw, the National Museum in Yangon, and meet Japanese residents.
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Old 12-05-2019, 02:46 AM
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Takafumi Sen, second son of Sōshitsu Sen XVI and Masako Sen (Prince Mikasa's younger daughter), will be confirmed as heir apparent (wakasosho) of Urasenke Tea Ceremony on October 8, 2020. There will be an oath ceremony and tea ceremony at Jukoin Temple, a sub-temple in Daitoku-ji in Kyoto. Another tea ceremony will be held on October 13 at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

Takafumi was born in Kyoto in 1990. After graduating from Ritsumeikan University Faculty of Law in 2013, he became a board member of Urasenke general foundation in 2015, and became vice chairman in 2018. In addition to serving tea at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, he attends various events such as workshops throughout Japan.
Sources: kyoto-np.co.jp, Sankei

Elder brother Akifumi Sen is a copywriter/poet and re-registered in the family registry as Myeongsa Kikuchi in 2014. He's also known as Akifumi Kikuchi.


On December 4th, Princess Nobuko began a 2-day visit to Shizuoka Prefecture for the 22nd National Agricultural Leaders Summit. She planted Tachibana seedlings at the JA Shimizu and attended a reception with farmers.

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Old 12-11-2019, 01:30 AM
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On December 5th, Princess Nobuko attended the 22nd National Agricultural Leaders Summit in Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture. She also visited Shizuoka Agricultural High School and Nihondaira Yume Terrace.

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On December 5th, Princess Yoko attended duck netting with diplomats at Shinhama Imperial Wild Duck Preserve (Shinhama Kamoba) in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture.

Ambassador Yerlan Baudarbek-Kozhatayev at the event of Imperial Household of Japan with the attendance of Her Imperial Highness Princess Yoko of Mikasa

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On December 7th, Princess Akiko and Niigata rice workshop participants attended a reunion and dedication ceremony at Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture.

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ETA: Princess Yoko departed for Myanmar from Narita Airport at 11am on December 11 [NHK, TBS]

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The princess reportedly received an invitation from Aung San Suu Kyi when Myanmar's de facto leader visited Japan in October for the Emperor's enthronement ceremony.

The trip marks the third overseas visit by the princess. She last went abroad in 2016, to the United States.

She plans to pay her respects at a memorial to the war dead in a Japanese cemetery in the city of Yangon, as well as visiting temples and Buddhist ruins.

The princess will also meet Aung Sang Suu Kyi. She will return to Japan next Tuesday.
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Old 12-12-2019, 01:37 AM
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Princess Yoko arrived at Yangon, Myanmar in the evening of December 11th. She changed into Burmese traditional dress "Longyi" and visited Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's most sacred Buddhist pagoda. She worshipped, offered flowers, water, lights and incensem and walked around the pagoda clockwise.

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Old 12-12-2019, 10:49 AM
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Today, December 12, Princess Yoko visited a Japanese cemetery in Yangon as part of her visit to Myanmar:



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Old 12-13-2019, 01:00 AM
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Thanks! Princess Yoko visited Yeway Japanese War Cemetery in Mingaladon Township, Yangon. Afterward, the Japanese delegation flew to "Bagan-NyaungU ancient city and arrived at the ancient cultural zone where they visited Alotawpyae and Shwezegon pagodas in the afternoon. They viewed Bagan's sunset from Nan Myint Tower at 5 pm."

According to TBS, Princess Yoko wore her father's hat.

Princess Yoko Mikasa visits Japanese War Cemetery in Yangon, leaves for Bagan - Global New Light Of Myanmar

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Old 12-13-2019, 09:55 AM
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Thanks for the updates on Princess Yoko's trip to Myanmar, Prisma. That detail about her wearing Prince Tomohito's hat was very interesting: I had noticed the hat since it is so different from what the princesses usually wear, but hadn't realized the extremely personal connection.

She certainly has represented Japan well during this tour, although the implications of a visit at this time are certainly worth thinking about.
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Old 12-14-2019, 03:05 AM
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Luckily there's media coverage! I agree about the timing of the visit.

On December 13th, Princess Yoko visited Bagan's Heritage Site, Thatbyinnyu Temple, Ananda Temple, and Lawkananda Pagoda. She also visited a Japanese war cemetery and peace monument before returning to Yangon in the evening.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/MOIWebporta...74241212703730
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Japanese Princess visits Bagan Heritage Site - Global New Light Of Myanmar

On December 11th, Princess Nobuko attended the 24th IHF Women's Handball World Championship Main Round Group 2 match between Spain and Russia in Kumamoto Prefecture.

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On December 12th, Princess Akiko attended the 4th UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture in Kyoto. She is patron of the conference and was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony.

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Princess Akiko's keynote speech at 43:03 - 1:05:00 with a bit of English at the beginning. She originally planned to give the speech in English until learning 70% of the participants were Japanese. There is simultaneous English translation.
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Old 12-15-2019, 06:53 PM
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On December 14th, Princess Yoko visited Shwedagon Pagoda, Chauk Htak Gyi Pagoda, Kyaik-de-att Botataung Pagoda, and National Museum in Yangon.

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Japanese Princess visits famous pagodas, National Museum in Yangon - Global New Light Of Myanmar

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Princess Yoko's arrival to Myanmar on December 11:
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Princess Yoko's arrival to Bagan on December 12:
https://www.facebook.com/miyuki.ko.1...83684988563398

Myanmar-born Japanese designer Shibuya Zarny is in the princess' entourage. Yoko has worn several items from his collection already and I suspect most of her wardrobe for the visit is Zarny.

Navy version of this dress (Yoko also has the red): http://www.zarny-onlineshop.com/fs/zarny/WOMAN/gd301
Handbag: http://www.zarny-onlineshop.com/fs/z...IL_HIGHBIS_710
Clutch: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3R-z88j1r2/
Diana crown: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0NxoUBj2Gp/
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Old 12-16-2019, 05:31 AM
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On December 16th, Princess Yoko met State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Nay Pyi Taw (capital of Myanmar).

Photos: mofa.gov.mm
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https://twitter.com/SoeHan11/status/1206472644192718850

State Counsellor receives Princess Yoko of Mikasa of Japan - Global New Light Of Myanmar
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At the meeting, they cordially discussed matters relating to the significance of historic places of Myanmar Princess Yoko had visited during her trip, traditional and cultural affinities between Myanmar and Japan and further enhancement of friendly ties between Myanmar and Japan.
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On December 7th, Princess Akiko and Niigata rice workshop participants attended a reunion and dedication ceremony at Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture.

Photos: Facebook album

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Shinyusha's gallery. Boys and Girls Scouts made New Year's decorations and rice balls.


Princess Yoko departed Myanmar on the evening of December 16th.

Photo: Japanese Princess Yoko departs from Myanmar - Global New Light Of Myanmar


Princess Nobuko visited Fukuoka Prefecture December 17-18 for the 60th anniversary meeting of the Japanese Red Cross Society and Blue Ribbon Society in Kitakyushu.

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