Japanese Prince Hisahito Visits Ogasawara Islands in July (News)
Tokyo, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prince Hisahito, the only grandson of Emperor Akihito and third in line to the Imperial throne, traveled to the Ogasawara Islands, part of Tokyo, in late July, it was learned Wednesday.
The 11-year-old prince in his fifth year at Ochanomizu University Elementary School mourned for people who died in World War II, during the private trip with his mother, Princess Kiko, the wife of Prince Akishino, the second son of the Emperor, informed sources said.
According to local government and other sources, the mother and the son left Tokyo by ship on July 22 and arrived at Chichijima, some 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo, in the Ogasawara chain on the following day.
On their first day on the island, they dropped in at the visitor center and the Ogasawara Marine Center, laid flowers at a monument to the war dead and offered silent prayers, according to the sources.
During their four-night stay on Chichijima, they joined sea and mountain tours and enjoyed snorkeling. After visiting Minamijima and Hahajima also in the Ogasawara chain, they returned home on July 28.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]