Crown Princess Masako to inherit sericulture tradition
Jiji -- May 11
Japanese 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.

Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako and Princess Aiko, their only child, are slated to visit the Imperial Palace, the residence of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, on Sunday to view a sericulture facility at the palace in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward with the Imperial couple, the sources said.

According to the sources, an aide to Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, who live in the Togu Palace in neighboring Minato Ward in the Japanese capital, 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 of sericulture, was initiated by Empress Shoken, the wife of Emperor Mutsuhito, who was on the throne between 1867 and 1912 and posthumously called Emperor Meiji, and has since been succeeded by later Empresses.

天皇陛下の退位に伴い、皇后さまが毎年行っている養蚕作業を皇太子妃雅子さまが引き継がれる方向で準備が進められていることが分かりました。 皇居での養蚕は、明治時代の昭憲皇太后以来、歴代の皇后が引き継いできました。
News source: Jiji
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