On 30th August, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino attended the 31st Sign Language Speech Contest for Senior High School Students held in Tokyo.
HIH Princess Mako delivered a speech using sign language for the first time.
On 16th August, HIH Prince Fumihito, HIH Princess Kiko, HIH Princess Mako, HIH Princess Kako and HIH Prince Hisahito of Akishino attended the memorial gathering for the victims of the tragedy of Tsushima Maru held in Tokyo.
Tsushima Maru was a Japanese passenger/cargo ship that was sunk by the submarine USS Bowfin during World War II, while carrying hundreds of schoolchildren from Okinawa to Kagoshima. On 27th June, Their Majesties visited Tsushima Maru memorial in Okinawa Prefecture.
On 1st August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the opening ceremony of Inter-high school championships held in Tokyo.
On 3rd August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Princess Aiko wateched the matches of women’s soccer and men’s volley ball. It is the first time for HIH Princess Aiko to watch the games of Inter-high school championships.