Princess Aiko, the daughter and only child of Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, turned 14 on Tuesday.
A second grader at Gakushuin Girls' Junior High School in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward, Princess Aiko, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, is studying harder than ever and busy with school events.
In a match in a "Hyakunin Isshu" Japanese classical card game competition at the school in February, the princess took about 40 of the 100 cards, the most by the some 10 players in the match, according to officials of the Imperial Household Agency's Board of the Crown Prince's Household.
She served as captain of a softball team in a ball sports competition in April, but her team lost to a third graders' team in the first-round match.
Princess Aiko completed a 3-kilometer swim during an extracurricular seaside trip to Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, in August, according to the officials. In a school athletic meeting in September, the princess performed a dance and took part in a centipede race.
source by jiji