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Princess Aiko begins high school education

Her Imperial Highness Princess Aiko of Japan has begun her high school education. The 15-year-old started school at Gakushuin Girls’ Senior High School where she will complete her secondary education.

It was a rainy morning on Saturday, 8 April when, accompanied by her parents, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, Aiko arrived smiling to her new school. The school held an entrance ceremony for all 200 new students. She will be in the ‘middle’ class with 38 other pupils.

According to The Mainichi, before the ceremony, Her Imperial Highness told the assembled media outside the gates of  Gakushuin Girls’ Senior High School, “I want to lead a fulfilling high school life with teachers and friends.”

Princess Aiko graduated in March from the Gakushuin Girls’ Junior High School. It was located on the same campus as the high school she is now attending. When she arrived for her graduation ceremony from junior high, she told reporters,”I made many good friends and enjoyed the [past] three years.”

She submitted an essay to her class yearbook in which she expressed her wish for world peace. Her contribution was titled “A Wish fo World Peace” and also described how a school excursion to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park near the place of the 1945 atomic bombing changed her outlook “drastically.”

She wrote, “We need to share with the world what we saw and felt” as those born to the only country to have suffered atomic bombings. She had visited the site two weeks before U.S. President Barack Obama did. He left paper cranes he is said to have folded himself. Princess Aiko wrote that making cranes and seeing cranes made by others from all over the world made her realise people “share the same idea” of peace. She concluded the essay by saying she hoped that the world without nuclear weapons would be made possible in the near future.

The only child of the Crown Prince and Princess, Aiko was born on 1 December 2001 at the Hospital of the Imperial Household in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Unlike is a tradition in Japan for members of the Imperial House, the parents chose her name instead of the Emperor.

She has been plagued with ailments recently. In October, it was announced by the Imperial Household Agency that she had missed a month of school due to fatigue. They announced yesterday that she has recovered from her health problems from the fall.

Additional reporting by Royal Central Assistant Editor Moniek Bloks

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