[sumo] New videos, Princess Aiko

Joshua Maciel joshua.maciel at gmail.com
Tue Sep 12 09:03:30 EDT 2006

They live on taxpayer money, travel like dignitaries, and provide
absolutely nothing other than 'good feelings' in some abstract sense
as far as I can tell. I'm not saying they're bad people, only that it
wouldn't have been an utter disaster if the male heir hadn't been born
and the royal family had just ceased to perpetuate itself as royalty.

As far as I understand it, the poor emperor can't even vote. That may
be an old wive's tale though.

- Joshua Maciel

On 9/12/06, Barbara <barbara at technogirls.org> wrote:
> The Japanese royal family tries very hard not to be even the slightest
> burden to their subjects.  It's probably unlikely that "command
> performances" are a frequent occurrence.  Even sumo attendance is
> limited usually to Sundays, so their motorcade does not cause traffic
> snarls.  Their entrance yesterday was at halftime, so they would not
> disturb anyone's match.  They are amazingly considerate. Probably a
> private performance would have to be worked out far in advance, with
> many assurances that no one was being inconvenienced.  That's really
> nice of them.
> Barbara
> Joe Petrow wrote:
> > On 9/12/06, Barbara <barbara at technogirls.org> wrote:
> >> Incidentally, those who did not see day 1 missed a lot of coverage of
> >> the Crown Prince, Crown Princess Masako, and little Princess Aiko.  They
> >> were seated at half time.  Aiko-sama is fascinated with sumo and follows
> >> it closely.  It was not mentioned during the broadcast whether this is
> >> the first time she has attended a sumo match, but you could see how
> >> intently she was studying the action.
> >
> > Actually, it was mentioned that this was her first trip to the
> > Kokugikan...though for all I know they could have called in Asashoryu
> > and Hakuho to have a private keiko session in the Imperial Palace for
> > an audience of one...
> >
> >  - Joe P.
> >
> >
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