Princess Aiko marks passage into childhood

11/18/2006 at 10:00 AM ET

Japanese princess Aiko, 5, marked her passage from infancy into childhood with an ancient ceremony. Her parents, Crown Prince Naruhito, 46, and Crown Princess Masako, 42, were also present.

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amara on

What a beautiful little girl.

nona on

i mean this in the most non-inflammatory, non-insulting way… In the first picture, Princess Aiko recalls Violet Beauregard turning into a blueberry at Willy Wonka’s factory. I completely understand and respect that it’s a traditional outfit, but I just had to say it (in jest). It’s the hairstyle, too.

Martha on

What a beautiful looking child and what proud and loving parents. Given what must be the constructions of Japanese royal life, they look like a very happy family.

Sarah on

I agree…they do appear very happy. She is about as adorable as you can get!

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