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Old 06-13-2020, 02:24 AM
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On June 12th, the IHA released several photos of Princess Aiko's sericulture work at Akasaka Imperial residence. She has been breeding silkworms since elementary school.

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On July 10th, the Imperial Household Agency released more photos of Princess Aiko’s sericulture: cocoons and egg laying for next year’s sericulture.


Based on the cocoon shape and colors, I think Aiko produced Hakken (white ovals, Japanese-Chinese crossbreed) and Ouken (golden ovals, European-Chinese crossbreed) varieties of silk.

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Old 10-24-2020, 06:09 AM
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Princess Aiko 3: April 2008-

On October 24th, Princess Aiko visited Gakushuin University for the first time to receive guidance for new students. Classes continue to be held online. Princess Aiko met the press at Gakushuin Mejiro Campus before 2pm and commented "Although it is half a year late, I am delighted to actually visit the campus and meet the teachers and students. I sincerely hope that the spread of the new coronavirus will end and that everyone will be able to live and carry out their normal activities."

Princess Aiko also visited the former archives (North Annex) where Emperor Naruhito previously served as a visiting researcher. [Sankei]

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Princess Aiko goes for first time to campus after pandemic : The Asahi Shimbun
Princess Aiko attended a guidance session for freshmen at Gakushuin University on Oct. 24, the first time she has gone to the campus after the coronavirus pandemic forced students there to take classes online.


“It came six months later, but I am delighted to meet with my classmates and teachers,” Aiko said. “I am determined to try many things at school while treasuring the excitement of learning new things.”

University officials said they will continue with online classes for the time being.


But the entrance ceremony in April was canceled due to the pandemic, and she has been taking online classes at her home in Akasaka Imperial Residence.
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Princess Aiko celebrates her 19th birthday on December 1

Photos and video were taken on November 22 at Akasaka Estate.

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Princess Aiko turns 19, attends online univ. classes amid pandemic - Kyodo News

The princess, enrolled in Gakushuin University in Tokyo, has been taking part in virtual lectures since the start of the academic year in April. In October, she visited the school and met her professors and classmates face to face for the first time, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

"I cherish the joy of gaining knowledge and would like to participate in a lot of things in university," she told reporters at the time.

The princess, who is studying Japanese literature, has also been taking language courses in English and Spanish, as well as sports and health sciences, according to the agency.

At the school, where her father also studied, she joined a campus tour and attended a briefing session on future courses.


The princess takes care of her dog "Yuri" along with cats "Mii" and "Seven." She is also looking forward to visiting Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo, where an elephant, sent to her by Thailand to celebrate her birth, had a baby in October, the agency said.

Due to the pandemic, she refrained from going out for a summer rest and on other occasions, instead taking walks with her parents at the Akasaka Estate.

In November, she watched on TV her uncle Crown Prince Fumihito be declared first in line to the throne in the "Rikkoshi no rei" ceremonies. It provided her with a chance to learn more about the imperial family's history and traditions, according to a close aide.

Through daily interactions with her grandparents, former Emperor Akihito and former Empress Michiko, the princess has been learning what is to be expected of her as she comes of age next year, the aide added.

Princess Aiko, Japan Emperor's Only Child, Turns 19 |
[...] The princess initially felt awkward attending online classes, but she appears to be getting used to a personal computer while gradually realizing that she became a university student, according to the agency.

Prior to her graduation from high school, Princess Aiko wrote an essay on cats and dogs in the Heian period in the eighth to 12th centuries, referring to Japanese classics including The Tale of Genji and The Pillow Book. The essay was nearly double the school-set standard of at least 30 sheets of 400-character manuscript paper.
Princess Aiko turns 19, hoping for a return to campus life : The Asahi Shimbun
[...] She has exchanged opinions with and received advice from her parents in preparation for and reviews for her classes, the agency said.

Throughout the ceremonies and rituals related to her father’s ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne, Aiko has learned deeply about the imperial family’s history and tradition.

Aiko, by observing her parents up close, has deepened her thinking about the duties of an adult imperial family member, according to the agency.

In times of leisure and on weekends, Aiko spends time with her parents, often enjoying going for a walk together.

She sometimes plays badminton and volleyball outdoors with the agency employees, while taking anti-infection measures, the agency said.
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Thank you for that. She looks lovely and Yuri is definitely a cutie. The gardens at the Palace look gorgeous at this time of year as well, so many beautiful colours.

It will definitely be interesting to see what she does in the future.
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I like the ones where she is 'kneeling' next to her dog best.
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She looks so lovely here.
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She really looks like her mother ! By the way happy 19th birthday on the 1st of December
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The video is lovely. Yuri and Aiko is a cute combo, they grew up with each other (I still remember the photo of little Aiko holding little Yuri in her arms). So besides the brown white tabby (I think it's Seven?) she has another cat? They'd better to include the cats for her 20th birthday

Her essay on cats and dogs in Heian period sounds interesting, that's definitely a fun topic.
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I can't believe Aiko is 19 already! The photos of her were lovely - I particularly liked the one of her with the family dog.
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