Sunday, January 08, 2006

Princess emerges from seclusion

Japan's Princes Masako, wife of the crown prince (i.e., the guy next in line for emperor), seems to be emerging from seclusion, judging by the appearances she's been making at official events lately.

Rumor has it that her nearly complete vanishment from the public eye over the past two years was due to depression, brought on, it was said, by the rigors and tediousness of palace life (she was a diplomat before she married) and pressure to produce a male heir. (It is this absence of a male heir that has spawned debate over the eventual succession crisis.)

The picture below shows the entire royal family, taken in December 2005.

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