Princess Aiko turns 22, balancing studies with official duties

TOKYO, Dec 01 (Kyodo) - Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, on Friday turned 22 amid her final year of university in which she is balancing her studies with a wide range of official duties as a member of the Japanese imperial family.

Her official duties have allowed the princess to connect with the history and traditions of the imperial family, reaffirming her understanding of its responsibilities, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

Currently a fourth-year student at Gakushuin University's Faculty of Letters, the princess has been studying on campus in person since last spring after attending classes online during the coronavirus pandemic.

She has been taking various courses, including welfare and physical education, and deepening her knowledge of the literature and poetry of the Heian, Kamakura, Edo and Meiji eras. She has recently been spending her free hours working on her thesis, the agency said. ...continue reading

Dec 01 (テレ東BIZ) - 天皇皇后両陛下の長女愛子さまが1日、22歳の誕生日を迎え、宮内庁は、現存する最古の百人一首の写本をご覧になっている映像を公開しました。  ...continue reading

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