Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan has graduated junior high school.
“I made many good friends and enjoyed the (past) three years,”15-year-old Princess Aiko told reporters as she arrived at Gakushuin Girls’ Junior High School with her parents for the graduation ceremony. Princess Aiko missed many classed during the years she was at elementary school, but she attended junior high school consistently, with the exception of being absent for one month last autumn for health reasons.
She is due to attend the Gakushuin Girls’ Senior High School from next month.
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 a world without nuclear weapons would be made possible in the near future.
Last summer, Princess Aiko attended an official ceremony as a member of the Imperial family for the first time, and she also accompanied her parents to an official event outside Tokyo for the first time. The event marked the launch of the “Mountain Day” national holiday on 11 August in Nagano Prefecture.