Her Imperial Highness Princess Kako of Akishino, the 20-year old granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, has recently been getting a lot of attention online in Japan after she appeared in public by herself for the first time looking exceptionally poised and beautiful.
The Princess paid an official visit to the tomb of Emperor Antoku at Akama Shrine in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and was greeted by a crowd of adoring fans, many of who managed to snap pictures of the smiling young woman. Bystanders described the Princess as “extremely cute”, “beautiful” and “god-like”. We have to agree – she’s quite the beauty.
▼ This tweeter was ecstatic to receive a personal smile from the princess as they snapped this shot of her arriving by car at the shrine.
まさか久々の山口帰省で 佳子さま見るなんて！ すげー可愛いじゃん！ って言ったらカメラ目線 頂きました（笑） http://t.co/pfDSVspjfd—
桂 啓輔 (@0715Ktr) June 06, 2015
▼ Local residents were grateful to the princess for choosing Shimonoseki as the stage for her official debut in Japanese society as an adult and member of the imperial family.
佳子さま、無事に下関に着かれました^ ^赤間神宮、海響館と、廻られ一泊されます(^_^)v 初めての、一泊公務に下関を選んで頂きありがとうございます^ ^ しかし、上品で可愛かったです😍 キャプチャにしたら、ぼけた（笑） http://t.co/PootMOeypd—
けいちゃん (@kei7tyann) June 06, 2015
▼ The princess looked “exceptionally beautiful” according to this Twitter user, who managed to encounter her entourage by coincidence during a chance return to their home town of Shimonoseki.
Sakura (@maruchanss0727) June 06, 2015
▼ Members of the press were in attendance to document the princess’s visit.
佳子内親王殿下 安徳天皇陵と赤間神宮を参拝されました http://t.co/SATtRFa5sG—
Такуя Уеда (@hokoedesu) June 06, 2015
▼ Shrine attendants were on hand to personally guide the princess.
monta (@monta0220) June 06, 2015
▼ The princess’s sweet, down-to-earth smile has won the hearts of the Japanese public and garnered her much positive attention online.
6月６日 下関 赤間神宮 参拝を終えてお車に戻られる佳子内親王殿下。 少しピントが甘いけど目線を頂いた貴重な2枚。 http://t.co/Uca5DdVBoL—
なるパパ@写真撮る人 (@11Inugon) June 06, 2015
Princess Kako is currently a student at the International Christian University in Tokyo, and has previously studied English abroad at Trinity College in Dublin. She is popular among the Japanese public for her demure demeanour, lovely smile and sophisticated yet eye-catching outfits. Now that she is 20 years old – the age of majority in Japan – we will hopefully be seeing a lot more of her as she partakes in official visits and activities as an adult.