Crown Princess Masako visited a Tokyo department store Tuesday to observe an exhibition, performing solo official duties outside the imperial or crown prince's palaces for the first time in three years.
A smiling Masako, 45, wearing a white high-necked sweater, beige trouser suit and pearl necklace, toured an exhibition at the Shinjuku outlet of Keio Department Store Co in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on daily living-related goods invented by housewives.
Masako listened as her attendant explained the exhibited items, ranging from a butter-maker to a device to help disabled people write.
It was her first solo public duty outing since March 2006 when she paid a visit to the pediatric medical center at St Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo's Chuo Ward. Masako has skipped most public duties over the past five years, although she has attended several public functions with her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito.
Masako, a former career diplomat, has been under intense pressure to bear a son under Japan's male-only royal succession law.
Masako and Naruhito have one child, seven-year-old Princess Aiko, while his younger brother has a two-year-old boy, the first prince born to the royal family in 40 years.
In a sign of her recovery, the princess this year played a full part in the traditional New Year greetings at the palace in central Tokyo, before tens of thousands of well-wishers.© Wire reports