It’s really big news when a princess in Japan attends school of course … all eyes are on her, the photo shoots are perfect, but there is something very heartwarming and different about the way the Japanese press (compared to royal media reports overseas) handles these rare media handouts: the delight of the parents that all of us parents can relate to like on our kids’ first day at school or on their sports day events … the specialness of the kid or how a kid adapts to life at school – all the things parents care about … and the routine or the cultural “Japaneseness” of school life comes across the most in media reports in Japan. (see Princess Aiko turns 7, enjoys elementary school (Japan Times) and Princess Aiko joins other children (Japan Times) posted below …
Princess Aiko turns 7, enjoys elementary school
Princess Aiko, the 3-year-old daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, will join several other children her age for music, art and other activities outside her home every week for about a year starting later this month, the Imperial Household Agency said April 8.
The princess, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, will join them for about two hours twice a week at the National Children’s Castle in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward under the plan, intended to promote her healthy growth and give her experience of being with other children, according to Hideki Hayashida, the grand master of the Crown Prince’s Household.
Princess Aiko has been enjoying eurythmics, which combines music and physical exercises, at the Togu Palace in Tokyo’s Minato Ward twice a week with other children her age, along with her mother Crown Princess Masako and the children’s parents.
At the children’s castle, she will be instructed in working with clay, painting and music, and will also play in a swimming pool.
The Japan Times Weekly: April 16, 2005
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Princess Aiko, the daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako who turned 7 years old Monday, has been enjoying her elementary school life, officials of the Imperial Household Agency said.
Over the past year, the princess has undergone substantial changes in her environment, including advancing to elementary school, but she has taken each of the changes positively and is enjoying herself, according to the officials.
This spring, Princess Aiko graduated from Gakushuin Kindergarten and entered Gakushuin Primary School in Tokyo. Her family also moved to temporary housing in the summer due to the refurbishment of their residence in the Akasaka district.
Princess Aiko is the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito, 48, and Crown Princess Masako, 44, and one of the four grandchildren of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
The princess likes putting her thoughts into words and occasionally creates scenarios for plays.