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Princess Masako to inherit tradition of sericulture

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Crown Princess Masako has expressed her hope to inherit the Imperial tradition of sericulture from Empress Michiko, sources in the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday.

The Crown Prince, Crown Princess Masako and Princess Aiko, their only child, are slated to visit the Imperial Palace on Sunday to view a sericulture facility located there with the Imperial couple, the sources said.

According to the sources, an aide to the Crown Prince and Crown Princess Masako, who live in the Togu Palace in neighboring Minato Ward, met with the Empress late last month at the Imperial Palace and informed her of the Crown Princess’ hope to succeed the tradition of sericulture.

The Empress explained how silkworms are being raised to the aide, who then viewed the sericulture facility in the Imperial Palace, the sources said.

The Imperial tradition was initiated by Empress Shoken, the wife of Emperor Meiji and has since been succeeded by later Empresses. Since earlier this month, the Empress has been carrying out her last act of sericulture, ahead of the Emperor’s abdication on April 30 next year.Speech

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