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Old 07-22-2016, 12:40 AM
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Princess Aiko looks very grown up! Nice dress, handbag and heels. Almost as tall as her Mother.
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Old 07-23-2016, 03:34 PM
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Agreed. She looks every inch a Japanese princess.
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:01 PM
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On July 26th, the CP family visited the "Musee d'Orsay, Orangerie Fine Art by Renoir" exhibit at the National Art Center in Roppongi, Tokyo.

Photos at: Asahi, Jiji

Videos: fnn-news
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Old 08-01-2016, 12:36 PM
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On 1st August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the Ceremony to commemorate Water Day took place in Tokyo.
HIH Princess Aiko also attended the ceremony.
Source: https://imperialfamilyjapan.wordpres.../01/water-day/

Asahi also mentions Princess Aiko is interested in water issues and this is her first time attending the Water Day ceremony. Jiji reports CP Naruhito’s speech touched on the estimated 43 million unit water outage due to the Kumamoto earthquake and that "it is desirable to water resources measures is further enhanced in the future."



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On August 3rd, the CP family met with 62 elementary and junior high school "beans reporters" from Hokkaido and Okinawa Prefectures at the Crown Prince Palace. Every year, "beans reporters" get to interview the Prime Minister’s Office and Houses of Parliament, and get a courtesy visit to the CP residence.

Photos at Jiji and FNN Facebook post
Videos: news.tbs.co.jp, fnn-news


In the description of the Akishino and CP family video below, the Emperor and Empress used to meet with "beans reporters" which is now taken over by the CP couple. Princess Aiko was a "beans reporter" when she was 5.

ETA: added FNN links and another video
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Old 08-06-2016, 01:29 AM
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On Friday evening, the CP family visited the Imperial Palace and Fujimi Oar. Fujimi Tower is scheduled to be closed to the general public.

Source: Asahi reporter Yasuhiko Shima's tweet https://twitter.com/shimaykkkt/statu...95311579619328

On the morning of August 6th, the anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, the CP family held a silent prayer.
Source: https://twitter.com/shimaykkkt/statu...99534825517057
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Old 08-10-2016, 01:00 AM
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The CP family arrived at Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture on August 10th to attend a commemoration ceremony for the newest public holiday Mountain Day on the 11th. Kamikochi Bus Terminal, which overlooks the Hotaka mountain range, will host the ceremony. Afterwards, the CP family plan to explore nearby surroundings such as Kappa Bridge and Myojin'ike. Climbing is one of CP Naruhito's hobbies and he was born on "Mt. Fuji Day" (Feb 23).

Arrival/reception photos at Asahi, chunichi.co.jp, Facebook post, and news.biglobe.ne.jp

More about Mountain Day: A third of Japan unaware of Mountain Day as holiday makes its debut | The Japan Times
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Nearly a third of the public surveyed by a weather news company said they have never heard of Mountain Day, as the newest official public holiday is set to be celebrated for the first time on Thursday.

In 2014, the Diet established Aug. 11 as Mountain Day to be observed from this year, raising the annual tally of official public holidays in Japan to 16. The legislation to create the new holiday was submitted by a group of lawmakers and enacted with support from both the ruling camp and the opposition.

For years, the Japanese Alpine Club and other mountain-related groups had lobbied for the bill, saying Japan needs to celebrate its peaks.
ETA: CP Naruhito also attended the welcome reception in the afternoon. (Asahi link above updated photos)
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Old 08-10-2016, 11:46 AM
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When Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito proposed to a reluctant Masako Owada, he promised to protect her with all his might, a vow that may get tougher to keep if, as expected, his father Emperor Akihito abdicates, and the woman who has struggled to adjust to royal life becomes empress.

The 82-year-old Akihito, who with Empress Michiko has won hearts at home by championing the disadvantaged and worked to heal the wounds of World War II, hinted in a televised address on Monday that he could give up the Chrysanthemum Throne due to advancing age.
Read more: Palace life has been no fairytale for Japan's Crown Princess Masako
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Old 08-11-2016, 12:48 AM
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The CP family attended the Mountain Day commemoration ceremony in the morning with 400 people on August 11th. Afterwards, they hiked and enjoyed the scenery.

Photos: Jiji and https://twitter.com/usasu_cat/status/763535465454546946
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CpifccmUEAE33fT.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CpifcxoUsAE99qc.jpg

Videos:
news.tbs.co.jp
fnn-news


Better photos at Asahi, Mainichi, and Sankei
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Old 08-11-2016, 02:47 PM
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aiko is so grown up these days.

how is masako's health these days? i wonder in the light of the emperors wish to abdicate if she is feeling well enough for her role as empress. will she keep low key if she becomes empress?
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:53 AM
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I agree, Pr. Aiko is looking very grown up and wearing more grown up clothes.

As for Pr. Masako, she has been doing a lot of engagements in the last several months, so it seems to me that she is coping with her position and its duties.

I very much like that quite a few of the engagements the CP couple do, they do as a family including their daughter.
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Old 08-12-2016, 03:53 AM
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For me, CP Masako’s health appears to be improving steadily but I’ve only been following the Imperial family regularly this year. Whatever her treatment is, it seems to be working well in the recent years.

Besides Masako’s increased appearances, this year had several "first time in X years" reports. Maybe the next significant step could be a solo event or attending a full garden party or any part of the New Year’s public audiences/lectures.

Emperor Akihito's abdication is still years away, if he's allowed to. Masako may be mostly recovered by then. If not, either Naruhito will continue solo appearances or another Imperial member will substitute.
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Old 08-14-2016, 07:56 PM
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Photos and video of the CP family leaving for Tokyo on August 11th.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CpkXZmLUAAAF2kF.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CpkXYZJUAAIKJlU.png

A pretty photo of Princess Aiko:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CpwJllWUsAAtyfA.jpg
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On August 16th, the CP family arrived at Izukyu Shimoda Station, Shizuoka Prefecture at 4pm on their way to Suzaki Imperial Villa, where they will stay for a few days. The family briefly spoke to some of the 400 people welcoming them.

Photos:
Asahi
Yomiuri
http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/...re-id590016150
http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/...re-id590016136

Nice FB photos from someone at the station:
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...19197014882753
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:19 PM
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Aiko looks very nice and likeable.... lovely to see the family !
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On August 15th, the CP family held a moment of silence and mourning prayers for the war dead at the Crown Prince's residence. CP Naruhito and CP Masako also met with Japan's ambassador to South Korea.

Source: pages 3 and 4 of Sankei's Imperial Weekly 448

CP Naruhito and CP Masako's joint events for 2016 January - June. I skipped events already covered here and in the family thread. No idea what Google translated "Your bow (personnel changes person)" and "Your faith..." are supposed to be...

Sources:
IHA - CP household 2016 Q1 (Jan - Mar)
IHA - CP household 2016 Q2 (Apr - Jun)

Jan 12: Your bow (volunteer labor Orchestra) (Crown Prince's Palace)

Jan 18: Meeting with the Governor of Fukushima Prefecture at Crown Prince's palace

Jan 28: Your faith (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs international information supervising officer) (Crown Prince's Palace)

Feb 12: Your bow (personnel changes person) (Crown Prince's Palace)

Feb 17: Meeting with appointed ambassadors (Netherlands, Poland) (Crown Prince's Palace)

Feb 23: Various events per Crown Prince birthday

Feb 29: Your faith (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs international information supervising officer) (Crown Prince's Palace)

Mar 2: Meeting with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (Crown Prince's Palace) [photo]

Mar 15: Meeting with appointed ambassadors (Mauritania, Kazakhstan, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Mission of Japan) (Crown Prince's Palace)

Mar 28: Meeting with appointed ambassadors (Singapore, Pakistan, Slovakia) (Crown Prince's Palace)

Mar 29: "About the Emperor Jinmu your vestige" (per to two thousand six hundred years your Shikinen) your faith your Associate (Imperial Palace)

Apr 1: Your bow (personnel changes person) (Crown Prince's Palace)

Apr 3: Emperor Jinmu two thousand six hundred years Shikinen Festival of Yi Korei builders Yi

Apr 8: Meeting with appointed ambassadors (the Vatican, Switzerland, Turkey, Finland) (Crown Prince's Palace)

Apr 19: Your faith (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs international information supervising officer) (Crown Prince's Palace)

Apr 21: Your bow (Imperial Household Agency new hiring staff) (Crown Prince's Palace) and meeting with appointed ambassadors (Kenya, the People's Republic of China) (Crown Prince's Palace)

May 2: Your bow (personnel changes person) (Crown Prince's Palace)

May 13: Your bow (personnel changes person) (Crown Prince's Palace)

May 20: Your faith (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs international information supervising officer) (Crown Prince's Palace)

May 23: Your faith (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Equal Employment Opportunity and child home director) (Crown Prince's Palace)

May 26: Meeting with appointed ambassadors (France, the United Kingdom, Uganda, Micronesia) (Crown Prince's Palace)

Jun 3: Your faith (Reconstruction Agency Permanent Secretary) (Crown Prince's Palace)

Jun 28: Meeting with Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers return home members (Crown Prince's Palace)

Jun 30: Meeting with appointed ambassadors (Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Tajikistan) (Crown Prince's Palace)
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Thank you, Prisma, for posting the list.

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No idea what Google translated "Your bow (personnel changes person)" and "Your faith..." are supposed to be...
From a dictionary, the Google translated "Your bow" is greeting and "Your faith" is a lecture in the presence of the Emperor.
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Thanks!

Photos of the CP family leaving for Tokyo on August 20th:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CqTYU5BUIAMR2ej.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CqTYU9aUIAAZzFl.jpg
from https://twitter.com/rititzko/status/766975732782206976
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On August 24th, the CP family arrived at Nasushiobara Station, Tochigi Prefecture in the afternoon on their way to Nasu Imperial Villa. They chatted briefly with some of the 300 people gathered for their arrival. CP Naruhito will stay until September 1st while CP Masako and Princess Aiko will stay a few days longer.

Photos/info: Jiji, NHK, Getty Images
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Old 09-04-2016, 02:14 AM
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CP Masako and Princess Aiko finished their stay at Nasu Imperial Villa and returned to Tokyo on September 3rd.

Photos from someone at Nasushiobara Station:
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...00011241255186


ETA: found Twitter photos of the CP family departing Kyoto on July 22nd
https://twitter.com/kuma_f2007/statu...62232137891841
https://twitter.com/kuma_f2007/statu...56290604376064
https://twitter.com/kuma_f2007/statu...65717251862528
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