PHOTO: Princess Mako celebrates her 20th birthday

October 23, 2011

Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince Fumihito, celebrated her 20th birthday on Oct. 23 by paying a visit to her grandparents, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, dressed in a formal decollete dress and wearing a tiara.

Upon reaching adulthood, the princess, who is a sophomore at International Christian University in Tokyo, told reporters on Oct. 22 that she hoped to act accordingly.

"I wish to make sure that I act appropriately as an adult," Mako said.

She also said that she had engaged in volunteer work in the quake-affected towns of Yamada and Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture, and Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, such as helping children with their studies and playing with them during her summer break.

As an adult member of the imperial family, Mako will now take on official duties like her parents, such as attending New Year's festivities.

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Princess Mako examines a wooden statue being restored at the Sannomaru Shozokan (Museum of Imperial Collections) in Tokyo earlier this month. (Provided by the Imperial Household Agency)

Princess Mako examines a wooden statue being restored at the Sannomaru Shozokan (Museum of Imperial Collections) in Tokyo earlier this month. (Provided by the Imperial Household Agency)

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  • Princess Mako examines a wooden statue being restored at the Sannomaru Shozokan (Museum of Imperial Collections) in Tokyo earlier this month. (Provided by the Imperial Household Agency)
  • Princess Mako leaves the Imperial Palace on Oct. 23 after visiting Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. (Pool photo)

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