Many people might wonder how the Japanese imperial family spend their private time because the majority of us don't have any contact with them at all. One opportunity is at school events held by Gakushuin school and university which are open to ordinary people. In an annual event for Gakushin alumni held in September, Crown Prince Naruhito talked about his life when he was a student at Gakushuin.
“When I was in primary school, students at Gakushuin University let me ride on a glider displayed on campus,” recalls the crown prince. “Another time, during a sports competition, I won a prize. It was an instant curry pack.”
Surprisingly, Naruhito talked about his first and last “part-time job” experience which nobody knew about. “I worked as a part-time assistant for the university's entrance examinations. I distributed question and answer papers to candidates and checked their IDs and faces. Since I have never taken entrance examinations, I remember noticing how the serious expressions on their faces at the venue. Although I've forgotten how much it was, the university paid me for the work.”
Shuichi Kanda, a journalist specializing in imperial family matters, says, “I've never heard any story about imperial family members working part-time. Crown Prince Naruhito's life was something similar to other ordinary students. I think that's because Gakushuin, which gets a lot of famous names, treated him the same as other students.”
Naruhito also talked about his college life, saying, “When I was a member of the university's music society, I was tossed into a pond after a concert. It was a kind of ritual. One of my senior students loaned me a sweatsuit and I went home in that.” (Translated by Taro Fujimoto)© Japan Today