The Daily Manila Shimbun


Princess Mako performs 1st duty since engagement news

May 22, 2017

Tokyo- Japanese Princess Mako, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, made her first official appearance on Monday since news last week that she is set to get engaged to a former university classmate.
With her parents, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, the 25-year-old princess visited the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo and toured a special exhibition.
The exhibition showcases about 370 specimens from the Natural History Museum in London, including a fossil of the bird-like Archaeopteryx dinosaur and other skeletal remains of extinct creatures.
A specimen of slime mold collected by the late Emperor Hirohito, posthumously known as Emperor Showa, is on display as well. Princess Mako and her parents all looked at it with interest.
Princess Mako, a researcher at The University of Tokyo's University Museum, and her father, known as a researcher of birds, chatted as they studied the exhibits.
She smiled at a detailed computer graphic of the extinct Megatherium giant sloth, which she described as "amazing."
Princess Mako is set to be engaged to Kei Komuro, a 25-year-old law firm employee, it was learned last week. (Jiji Press)