A..dor..a..ble.I remember cheering when his birth was announced! So happy for the Imperial Family.
I still get annoyed that some people try to make this a "team" thing, they like Princess Aiko and act ugly toward Prince Hisahito, I like them both and was very glad when the little prince was born, both for the sake of tradition and because, let's be honest, I think anything that takes pressure off the Crown Princess is a good thing. And Prince Hisahito has good parents, two smart and protective big sisters and I'm sure he will be a great emperor when his time comes.
Tradition. Exactly. And I think alot of pressure has also been to bear upon Princess Aiko. Like she's the second coming of a new modern monarchy.While not bad in theory, I like tradition. I like that some countries (Sweden for one) have elected to have non-primogenture rights. But I am disappointed in England's turn, while at the same time recognizing that it probably needs to be done eventually.But Japan is so steeped in traditions that Westerners do not comprehend, that I saw the possible change with sadness. And Prince Hisahito's parents have largely kept him and themselves out of the media spotlight, which I think is a point in their favor while he's still so young.
For me, it also involves my view (and the traditional view in most parts of the world) on marriage. When a woman marries, she joins the family of her husband. In Europe this is a concern but even moreso in Japan which, unlike Europe (or China for that matter) has no history of changing dynasties. I suppose in Europe it is the motivation behind such changes I have a problem with but in Japan it is something more fundamental. There is *the* Imperial Family and that's all.