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Old 09-21-2020, 07:49 PM
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On September 20th, Princess Akiko and Shinyusha co-hosted a Waka poem workshop with Kamigamo Shrine and Kyoto Sangyo University. This is the 4th year students from Kyoto Sangyo University, under Princess Akiko's direction, are planning and managing a workshop normally held at the shrine. This year's theme is waka poems and took 4 months to organize. Professor Emeritus Kazuhiro Nagata (poet and cell biologist) was a lecturer and Chief Priest Tanaka of Kamigamo Shrine appeared in a video message. After a discussion on waka, tanka, and an example of singing waka, the children used Zoom’s chat function to answer quiz questions. Then, they were asked to draw a picture of the world described in a poem.

The next workshop will be on October 4th. The children will compose and submit a poem for an online song party. The compiled poems will be offered at Kamigamo Shrine’s Tsukinami festival on October 1st.

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Old 09-24-2020, 02:25 PM
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On September 24th, Princess Yuriko (97) was admitted to St Luke's International Hospital for pneumonia. She suffered coughing and fatigue for several days. There is no fever. She was diagnosed during a regular checkup and will stay about 1 week in the general ward, receiving medication.

Princess Yuriko visits St Luke’s International Hospital about once a month for checkups. Although mostly retired, she greeted new Imperial Police escort officers on September 16.

Sources: Sankei, Jiji, news24.jp

Wishing Princess Yuriko a speedy recovery!
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Old 09-28-2020, 06:05 AM
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The Imperial Household Agency announced today, September 28, that Princess Yuriko was diagnosed with heart failure but was in a stable condition and able to converse. She will stay at hospital for two to three more weeks.


** japantimes: Princess Yuriko, great-aunt of emperor, diagnosed with heart failure **


** mainichi: Princess Yuriko, great-aunt of Japanese emperor, diagnosed with heart failure **
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Old 10-01-2020, 09:05 PM
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On September 21st, Princess Akiko attended the bell-ringing ceremony held at Zojoji Temple in Minato, Tokyo to commemorate the International Day of Peace (United Nations).

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Old 10-07-2020, 12:35 AM
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On October 4th, Princess Akiko and her cultural organization Shinyusha co-hosted an online waka poetry reading (singing) workshop with Kyoto Sangyo University and Kamigamo Shrine. Children from the September 20 workshop composed the poems.

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Old 10-08-2020, 01:41 AM
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Princess Yuriko was discharged from St Luke's International Hospital on October 8th. She was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia on September 24 and later diagnosed with heart failure.

Princess Yuriko, great-aunt of Emperor Naruhito, released from hospital - Kyodo News
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... She has a healthy complexion and an appetite, and will carry on her daily life as usual while making periodic visits to the hospital, the agency said.

The princess received medications as her heart's ability to pump blood had been weakening and pleural fluid was building up. Her condition remained stable during her stay in the Tokyo hospital ...
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Old 10-09-2020, 01:07 PM
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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 October 9th, a tea ceremony showcased Takafumi Sen (30) as heir apparent (wakasosho) of Urasenke school of Japanese tea ceremony at Juko-in, a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji temple, in Kyoto. Takafumi prepared thick tea (koicha) before the Buddha and dedicated to his ancestor Sen no Rikyū. His cousin Princess Akiko was among the ~90 guests. Due to coronavirus, the number of attendees was reduced and a planned celebration was cancelled. Takafumi took the oath on October 8.

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NHK reports the October 13 tea ceremony at Tokyo's Meiji Shrine will go ahead.
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On October 10th, Princess Akiko and Shinyusha held an online cooking class on dashi soup stock with Yoshiro Kiyama from Michelin one-star restaurant "Kiyama". Participants were sent ingredients in advance and instructed to soak the kelp for 2 hours before the class. While the kelp-water heated, they tasted multiple times to note the changing flavor. Dried bonito flakes were added and heat turned off after the kelp was removed. Kiyama encouraged participants to make dashi frequently and store in small bottles in refrigerator or freezer for best flavor.

Princess Akiko admitted to finding the process a "hassle" but challenged herself to make dashi once a week. Kiyama will be the lecturer for the next cooking class where participants will make rolled egg with dashi.

The next online session will be October 17, a 2-part course on Japanese colors with Jun Tanaka, a part-time lecturer of Gakushuin University.

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On October 17th, Princess Akiko and her cultural organization Shinyusha held the first of a 2-part online session about Japanese colors. Jun Tanaka, a part-time lecturer at Gakushuin University and Princess Akiko’s senior, was the lecturer.

- Japanese colors were used for Tokyo Olympics posters and banners throughout the city.
- various traditional colors in the poem of Noriko Ibaraki.
- participants were quizzed to name at least 5 of the traditional Japanese colors.
- During the era of Prince Shotoku, colors and clothing styles were established at court so a person’s status could be easily identified.
- The brownish-orange “Korozen no goho" was restricted to the Emperor and the vermilion "Oudan" restricted for the Crown Prince.
- Dark colors were expensive as they required a lot of dye and could only be worn by high-ranking people.
- Even so, people enjoyed layering colors and various color combinations.

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Old 10-20-2020, 08:36 AM
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I would love to have been able to have attended and understood the lecture. I have several books on kimono that have chapters on colors, especially in the Heian period--how they were developed and used, what combinations of the different layers meant, and how they indicated status, as well as more modern applications. I really respect the work Princess Akiko and Shinyusha are doing around Japanese cultural traditions, and am glad the organization has found a way to continue the work during the pandemic.
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