Princess Aiko attends the spring garden party for the first time and has a cheerful exchange of words with those who have made achievements.

A spring garden party hosted by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress was held on the 23rd at Akasaka Gyoen National Garden in Moto-Akasaka, Tokyo. Their Majesties’ eldest daughter Princess Aiko, who had just made her debut as a member of society, attended for the first time and had a cheerful exchange of words with the invited people of merit from various fields.

 After graduating from Gakushuin University, Princess Aiko joined the Japanese Red Cross Society on the 1st. According to her aides, she comes to work every day and edits information magazines about volunteering and organizes training sessions. She said that she would balance her work with her activities as a member of the imperial family, and on this day she joined the line of members of the imperial family who were providing “hospitality” at the garden party.

Princess Aiko attends the spring garden party for the first time and has a cheerful exchange of words with those who have made achievements.

 Approximately 1,700 people were invited to this year’s garden party, including former Japan Football Association president Saburo Kawabuchi, who received the Order of Culture, and actor Kinya Kitaoji, who was selected as a Person of Cultural Merit. Members of the imperial family, including Their Majesties, Princess Aiko, Prince and Mrs. Akishino, and their second daughter, Princess Kako, were chatting peacefully with the guests.

 The park fair, which is held twice a year in spring and fall, resumed on a smaller scale last spring after being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, we refrained from serving meals to prevent the spread of infection, but this time we served sandwiches and Western sweets. Meanwhile, to prevent crowds from gathering, the famous Genghis Khan and yakitori were not served, nor was alcohol served. [Nao Yamada]

Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress hold a “cat discussion” with an artist who cares about the disaster-stricken areas, as well as a spring garden party

 A spring garden party hosted by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress was held on the 23rd at Akasaka Gyoen National Garden in Moto-Akasaka, Tokyo, and about 1,400 people, including distinguished people from various fields, attended. Their Majesties and other members of the Imperial family chatted with the invited guests despite occasional light rain. Their Majesties’ eldest daughter, Princess Aiko, who entered the workforce this spring, joined the event for the first time and exchanged smiles and words with the attendees.

Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress hold a “cat discussion” with an artist who cares about the disaster-stricken areas, as well as a spring garden party

 His Majesty the Emperor has visited Ishikawa Prefecture twice with Empress Masako to pay his respects after the Noto Peninsula earthquake, and told prefectural assembly chairman Yoshihiko Yoshihiko, “I sincerely hope that the reconstruction will proceed smoothly.” Princess Masako expressed her concern, saying, “I hope that everyone in Noto’s lives will gradually calm down.”

 Tadanori Yokoo, a contemporary artist who creates many paintings of beloved cats, had a lively discussion of cats, showing photos of the cats that Princess Masako had rescued within the Akasaka Imperial Estate and talking about the history of raising them.

 Female members of the royal family, dressed in brightly colored outfits such as pink and orange, also met with guests. Princess Aiko, who had just joined the Japanese Red Cross Society, received many congratulations and congratulations from many people, and she said shyly, saying, “It’s all things I’m not used to.”

 According to actor Kinya Kitaoji, Princess Aiko said, “I want to work hard together with my seniors at work.” I had a great time talking with Saburo Kawabuchi, former president of the Japan Football Association, about the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He is said to have revealed that he likes the “technical play” of Takashi Inui (currently Shimizu).

 The park fair, which is held twice a year in spring and fall, resumed on a smaller scale last spring after being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, we refrained from serving meals to prevent the spread of infection, but this time we served sandwiches and Western sweets. Meanwhile, to prevent crowds from gathering, the famous Genghis Khan and yakitori were not served, nor was alcohol served. [Nao Yamada]

 The following are the snacks and drinks provided by the Imperial Household Agency to guests at the garden party.

Princess Aiko’s ideal view of marriage: “A wonderful relationship where we can care for each other like our parents.”

On the 2nd, Princess Aiko (22), the eldest daughter of the Emperor and Empress, answered questions in writing from the Imperial Press Association regarding her employment with the Japanese Red Cross Society. She said that her reason for choosing the JRCS as her place of employment was that she was “attracted to activities that can directly contribute to society,” and that through her work she has “taken on new challenges and experienced a variety of activities.” I would be happy if I could have that experience.”

Princess Aiko's ideal view of marriage: ``A wonderful relationship where we can care for each other like our parents.''

 Princess Aiko began working as a full-time contract employee on the 1st and was assigned to the Youth and Volunteer Division. My interest in welfare activities increased after seeing the efforts of Their Majesties in their official duties and hearing from friends who volunteered to support reconstruction efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake. “I wish I could do a job where I can help people,” he said.

 Princess Aiko, who will be taking on more official duties as an adult member of the royal family, wrote, “I would be grateful if I could be involved in a variety of activities.” When asked about her ideal partner and her views on marriage, Princess Aiko wrote, “I would like to do something that makes us both smile when we are together.” I think their relationship is ideal. I think it’s wonderful to have a relationship where they care for each other like their parents do.”

 When asked about issues facing the imperial family, such as the decreasing number of members of the imperial family, he only responded, “I would appreciate it if you would refrain from commenting on matters related to the system.” [Hiroyuki Takashima]

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