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Old 05-31-2018, 09:18 AM
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This should be a very interesting experience for Aiko. I hope it goes well for her, and that she has a great time.
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Old 07-06-2018, 12:36 PM
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On July 6th, the IHA confirmed Princess Aiko will study aboard July 22 - August 9 for summer school at Eton College. Besides lessons and dorm life, she and 40 classmates will visit London, Portsmouth, Oxford, etc.

Source: Jiji

I wonder if there'll be a photo session in the UK or release photos later. Princess Mako had photo ops during her 2006 homestay in Austria but I couldn't find anything for Princess Kako's 2013 study aboard in Boston, only Kako's return at the airport.
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Old 07-21-2018, 12:23 AM
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On July 21st, Princess Aiko visited the Imperial Palace to worship at the Three Palace Sanctuaries before her departure for Eton. Wearing her Gakushuin uniform, Aiko entered Hanzomon gate around 10:15am.

Source: Jiji
https://www.jiji.com/news/photos/pho...0027743085.jpg

ETA: In the afternoon, Princess Aiko (with her parents) visited Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko for greetings before going abroad.

Photos: Asahi (includes morning visit)


ETA: On July 22nd, Princess Aiko left Akasaka Estate after 7:30am for Haneda airport. She looks super excited!

Photos: Asahi, Jiji
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DirPi4JVQAAm7lx.jpg
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:04 PM
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Getty Images for July 21-22

Princess Aiko heads to Britain to attend course at Eton College: The Asahi Shimbun
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Old 07-23-2018, 02:13 PM
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I hope so much that she has a wonderful time, and that the exposure to the wider world is something that she enjoys!
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:32 AM
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On August 9th, Princess Aiko returned to Japan in the afternoon. She replied "it was fun" to press questions as she was driven into Akasaka Estate after 4:30pm.

Photos: Sankei
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:49 PM
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Princess Aiko looks happy. Wonderful to see.
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Old 08-11-2018, 02:25 AM
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Gakushuin has a blog about the Eton summer school. Aiko is NOT mentioned and there are no photos, simply about the students' activities each day.

Gakushuin Girls' Junior and Senior High School BLOG | July (Google translation)

Gakushuin Girls' Junior and Senior High School BLOG | August (Google translation)

On August 10th, the IHA released a brief statement from Princess Aiko about her study aboard in the UK: "At first there was a bit of anxiety, but everything is new. As I became accustomed to English lessons, I had a fun and fulfilling stay. I am sincerely thankful to those who have taken care of me."

Sources: Jiji, news.tv-asahi.co.jp

On August 11th, Princess Aiko visited the Imperial Palace in the morning to report her safe return to the Three Palace Sanctuaries.

https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...8110011-p1.jpg
http://www.sankei.com/images/news/18...8120008-p3.jpg
http://www.sankei.com/images/news/18...8120008-p4.jpg
https://cdn.mainichi.jp/vol1/2018/08...0013000p/9.jpg

ETA: In the afternoon, Princess Aiko, accompanied by her parents, visited the Imperial Palace again for greetings to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. While she was abroad, Their Majesties followed her schedule with maps.

Source: news.tv-asahi.co.jp

https://www.jiji.com/news/photos/pho...0027918124.jpg
http://www.sankei.com/images/news/18...8120008-p1.jpg
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Old 08-15-2018, 01:33 AM
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Getty Images for August 11, 2018

The caption for the sanctuary visit is incorrect. Getty has Aiko visiting Their Majesties twice...

cg8makt's videos. Interesting to hear Toshi-no-miya-sama instead of Aiko-sama.
https://youtu.be/aiSQP_W4Dvw
https://youtu.be/nVB8u9VRvYI
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Old 11-30-2018, 01:51 PM
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Princess Aiko turns 17 on December 1!

IHA released photos and video taken on November 25 at Togu Palace (Crown Prince residence). Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Aiko are looking at brochures and books related to her school trips to Nara and Kyoto. Good to see Yuri again! Family still has cats Mi and Seven.

She received greetings from IHA staff in the morning and will visit Their Majesties at the Imperial Palace in the evening.

Highlights: sericulture facility visit at Imperial Palace in May, public service with parents, Eton College study abroad this summer, and school sports and cultural festivals.

Mainichi, Asahi galleries


ETA: full video from Jiji
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Old 11-30-2018, 02:14 PM
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Lovely to see her again! I can hardly believe how quickly she's becoming a young woman. In a very few years we'll get to see her coming-of-age tiara!

I wonder what her thoughts are regarding the upcoming move and changes in her life due to her father's enthronement? It would be interesting to know how it's all affecting her, if at all.
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17 years old already... I feel like it was yesterday her parents exited the clinic with the newborn little princess on their arms

And in three years from now it's her coming-of-age, and she will be The Emperor's daughter then !
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On December 1st, Princess Aiko visited the Imperial Palace for birthday greetings with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in the evening.

Photos: AP Images, Getty Images
https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...2010051-p1.jpg

Princess Aiko turns 17, says she is enjoying school life | The Japan Times
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[...] She has been busy spending time on study and other activities, and is growing up in good health, officials of the Imperial Household Agency said.

[...] the princess visited Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on a school excursion in May.

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At the Gakushuin high school’s culture festival in early November, Princess Aiko gave a dance performance as a member of a group of students and also emceed the performance.

In mid-November, she visited Nara and Kyoto prefectures on a school trip.

Princess Aiko likes watching celestial objects. In January, she observed a total lunar eclipse, the first such phenomenon visible from Japan in about three years, with her parents.

During a visit to the Imperial Stock Farm in Tochigi Prefecture in May, she viewed Venus and Jupiter with a telescope.

In August, the princess went to the Suzaki Imperial Villa in Shizuoka. During the trip, she did snorkeling, and also jogged with her father.

Princess Aiko offered silent prayers on the anniversaries of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit the Tohoku region and the series of earthquakes that struck Kumamoto and nearby areas in April 2016.

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Old 12-01-2018, 12:44 PM
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Is this the first time Aiko has worn the standard-issue Imperial silk suit for her birthday greetings to her grandparents? Was she still wearing her school uniform last year? I need to go look... It's a lovely color on her, and much more flattering than some of the cardigan and blouse combos she's worn.

Edited to add: No I see she wore a sea green not-as-flattering version of the suit last year, so the lovely coral version is not the first time. It's definitely a sign that her status is changing.
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Old 12-01-2018, 03:11 PM
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I hope Aiko will wear it for New Year's photos! She's worn the sea-green and coral outfits for family photos before.

At first, I thought it was the outfit worn for Empress Michiko's birthday greetings but the lapels and texture are different.

From the Japan Times article, I think her taking the emcee role at the cultural festival is good practice for public speaking.
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On April 19th, the IHA released media of Princess Aiko skiiing during the Crown Prince family's March 25-29 spring break in Nagano Prefecture.

Photos: Asahi

https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...4190045-p1.jpg

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Princess Aiko turns 18 on December 1

The 3rd-year student at Gakushuin Senior Girls' High School is busy studying and preparing for university. She has been active in sporting events and cultural festivals at school.

She watched the enthronement ceremony on TV and greeted her parents' departure and return from the enthronement and Daijosai rituals. Aiko attended moments of silence on the anniversaries of the 2011 earthquake and end of WWII.

Princess Aiko had the opportunity to speak to Britain's Princess Anne when the Princess Royal visited Japan in October and was invited to tea at Akasaka Imperial residence.

Photos: Mainichi, Asahi

Video and photos were taken on November 25. Emperor Naruhito and Princess Aiko are discussing the geography of Africa.

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The 3rd-year student at Gakushuin Senior Girls' High School is busy studying and preparing for university.
Is this her last year of high school and when does she graduate?
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Very pretty and there is Something nice and kind in her face. How time passes… today her birthday !
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Is this her last year of high school and when does she graduate?
Yes 3rd year is the senior year of high school. The school years in Japan as I understand run April-March (summer holidays don't mark end of school year). Her graduation ceremony will be in March 2020.
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