Sailing’s World Cup Series

On 9th September, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the opening ceremony of Sailing’s World Cup Series Enoshima took place in Kanagawa Prefecture.
HIH Princess Hisako is the Honorary President of Japan Sailing Federation.

Photo from SAILING’S WORLD CUP Series Enoshima

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Yamagata Visit of Princess Takamado

From 7th September to 8th September, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited Yamagata Prefecture to attend the opening ceremony of the 73rd All Japan Championships of Baseball played with a hard rubber ball.
HIH Princess Hisako is the Honorary President of Japan Rubber Baseball Association.

Photo from Yamagata News Online

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Departed for France

On 7th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito departed for French Republich. The members of Imperial Family gave him a send-off at Crown Prince Residence.

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Prince Hisahito turns 12

On 6th September, HIH Prince Hisahito turned 12 years old.

[NEWS] Prince Hisahito, set to be 2nd in line to throne, turns 12

Text from The Mainichi

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Prince Hisahito, Emperor Akihito’s grandson and soon-to-be second in line to the Chrysanthemum throne following the abdication of the emperor next spring, turned 12 on Thursday.
After the 84-year-old emperor abdicates next April 30, his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne the following day, and his brother Prince Fumihito — the only other member of his generation in the Japanese imperial family — will become first in line to succeed him.
Prince Hisahito, so far the only male of his generation, will then become second in line.
Imperial House Law states that only males with male lineal descent from emperors can ascend the throne.
Prince Hisahito is currently a sixth-grade student at Ochanomizu University Elementary School in Tokyo and keen on learning about the history of war.
On Aug. 10, Prince Hisahito and his mother Princess Kiko visited a cenotaph for the atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima, devastated by a U.S. nuclear bomb on Aug. 6, 1945.
After visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the prince talked with an 80-year-old female atomic bomb survivor and wrote a report on what he learned for his homework.
The prince often enjoys playing “hand baseball,” a baseball game without a bat, with his friends after school. He is also interested in studying kanji, as the Chinese characters used in writing Japanese are called.
The imperial family is discussing his education after graduating from elementary school next March. Princess Mako and Princess Kako, the two elder sisters of Prince Hisahito, both have studied abroad.

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President of Ecuador

On 5th September, HM Empero Akihito and HM Empress Michiko met with HE Mr Lenín Boltaire Moreno Garcés, President of the Republic of Ecuador and the First Lady at Imperial Residence.

Photo from Sankei

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Crown Prince will visit France

On 5th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the Press Conference at Crown Prince Residence in advance of the official visit to French Republic from 7th September.

[NEWS] Japan crown prince says royal visits key to friendly ties

Text from FOX NEWS

TOKYO – Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito said he will take to heart how his father was mindful of Japan’s history and tried to build closer ties during his upcoming visit to France, expected to be his last foreign trip before becoming emperor.
Naruhito, 58, told a news conference Wednesday that foreign visits, including his Sept. 7-15 trip to France, are a key role for the royal family in fostering friendship.
Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, always paid close attention to the history of the countries they visited and thought deeply about how they could promote mutual understanding and friendship in the future, Naruhito said.
“I’ve closely observed the emperor and the empress’ way, and I will cherish their feelings as I make an effort to promote international goodwill,” Naruhito said.
As next emperor, he said, “I hope to always seriously think about what I can do for the people of Japan and the rest of the world while praying for their happiness and reflecting on what the emperor has done up until now.”
Naruhito’s 84-year-old father, Akihito, will abdicate on April 30, handing the Chrysanthemum throne to his son the next day.
Akihito is seen as having devoted his life to make amends to victims of World War II, which was fought in his father Hirohito’s name.
The crown prince said he also wants to interact with younger people who will play a key role in deepening understanding and friendship in the future.
The crown prince will join cultural events and visit schools during his upcoming trip, which marks 160 years of Japan-France diplomacy.
“I hope to directly get the feel of how Japanese traditional culture and pop culture are perceived in France,” Naruhito said.
His wife, Masako, will not accompany him because she is still recovering from a stress-induced mental condition which she developed soon after giving birth to their only daughter, Aiko, now 16, following criticism that she failed to produce a boy. She has since largely withdrawn from public appearances, though her activities have slowly increased.
Masako, a Harvard-educated former diplomat, still has ups and downs and it would be difficult for her to immediately increase her official duties, Naruhito said.
He said foreign visits are not the only way of promoting international goodwill, and receiving foreign dignitaries or attending international events at home can be just as important. He added that he hopes Masako can gradually do more.
“I believe her experience of having lived overseas and worked in diplomacy will definitely help,” he said.

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International Olympiad in Informatics

On 2nd September, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino attended the opening ceremony of the 30th International Olympiad in Informatics took place in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture.

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Aomori Visit of Takamado Princesses

From 1st September to 2nd September, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado visited Aomori Prefecture to see the training of the sea cadets.
HIH Princess Ayako took over the position of the Honorary President of Japan Sea Cadet Federation from HIH Princess Hisako in February.

Photo from Asahi and Sankei

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Remebering Great Kanto Earthquake

On 1st September, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino attended the memorial service for the victims of Great Kanto Earthquake occurred in 1923 took place in Tokyo.

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Imperial Summer Vacation

From 22nd August to 29th August, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Nagano Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture for summer vacation.

On 25th August, Their Majesties visited the tennis court in Karuizawa Town where Their Majesties met for the first time 61 years ago.

On 27th August, Their Majesties attended the Concert of the 39th Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy & Festival.

At the academy, HM Empress Michiko enjoyed playing the piano with Ms Katerina Javurkova, the Chez Horn player.

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