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Japan's Princess Mako attends arts exhibition in 1st outside engagement in 8 months

Princess Mako is seen admiring one of the exhibits at the 67th Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition at the Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store in Tokyo's Chuo Ward on Sept. 16, 2020. (Mainichi/Hiroshi Maruyama)

TOKYO -- Princess Mako, Crown Prince Akishino's eldest daughter, attended her first outside event in eight months on the morning of Sept. 16, visiting an exhibition in Tokyo's Chuo Ward featuring art submitted by the public.

    The spread of new coronavirus infections has had a significant effect on the Imperial Household's activities, leading to Princess Mako's eight-month absence from outside engagements. Her Sept. 16 visit was to the 67th Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition at the Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store in Tokyo's Chuo Ward. The princess serves as president of the Japan Kogei Association, which is hosting the event.

    Princess Mako is seen admiring one of the exhibits at the 67th Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition at the Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store in Tokyo's Chuo Ward on Sept. 16, 2020. (Mainichi/Hiroshi Maruyama)

    The show space has around 600 items on display in seven categories including ceramics, textiles, lacquerware, and metalwork. A masked Princess Mako spent an hour observing the exhibits while listening to explanations from an organizer. According to the staff member who accompanied her around the exhibition space, Princess Mako expressed a variety of reactions to the exhibited works, including that "Ice cliff," the president's award-winning lacquer box, "depicts the harshness of winter well."

    (Japanese original by Takeshi Wada, City News Department)

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