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Prince Akishino turns 51

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Prince Akishino, second left, and his wife, Princess Kiko, left, pose for a family photo with their children, Prince Hisahito, Princess Mako, second right, and Princess Kako, at their residence in Akasaka Imperial Grounds in Tokyo. Akishino, the second son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, celebrates his 51st birthday Wednesday.

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This looks very spontaneous... Ahem. At least they the background is an improvement over the usual pegboard wall covering that so often appears in these royal family photos.

Photo with pegboard backdrop: https://japantoday.scdn2.secure.raxcdn.com/images/size/x/2014/12/masako.jpg

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That's amazing! It's just what my family does every day- sit around a table in jackets and shoes, marvelling at a tray of marbles. So cute!

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Wow, bit of a gloomy picture. Too much brown and beige.

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Yup. The camera guy came in when the royal family just happened to be well-dressed, looking at a plate of....uhm....jawbreakers?

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Well pop, I was just thinking as I gazed at this tray of large marbles, that I am so lucky that I will never have to work a day in my life

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Happy birthday!

Sensato: At least they the background is an improvement over the usual pegboard wall covering that so often appears in these royal family photos. Photo with pegboard backdrop: https://japantoday.scdn2.secure.raxcdn.com/images/size/x/2014/12/masako.jpg

That's an extremely well-appointed garage.

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I have such a crush on Princess Mako.

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So if you're a member of the Imperial family, you don't have to take your shoes off inside?

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I have such a crush on Princess Mako.

She is a very pretty girl and I'm sure that you'll have to join the end of a very long line.

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Timeless photo (sadly). Could have been taken 30 years ago.

Knee-length skirt and blazer for women, shy slightly goofy smile de rigueur.

The young bloke didn't suit up for the occasion though, who does he think he is!?

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I too had that problem in Japan, that my knees never seemed to fit under tables.

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Could have been taken 30 years ago.

No, the father in the picture had greying hair then.

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They need a foreigner in their family

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Photos like this could have been the inspiration for the White House's mannequin challenge.

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The colors, the fashion, the...occasion? Seems to want to hark back to Showa times...

Where's Japan's Norman Rockwell when you need him?

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These royal photos always seem so bizarre in their settings. I guess at least it's good there are so many photos in the first place

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Happy birthday greetings to Prince Akishino from Indian well-wishers.

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Each photo of them is the same, father and son are the center while the ladies happily observe. To me this is misogyny. Subtle? Maybe. Just like Japanese TV.

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Many Happy returns to Prince Akishino....All impeccably dressed.

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Kako-sama spent time pretty normally during her stay(s) in the UK, where she is not really known, so they could dispense with most of the secret service detail and allow her to go about her studies freely and join the Japanese students' society for example. Must feel very restrictive being back in Japan after that.

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Must feel very restrictive being back in Japan after that.

You don't need to be a royal to feel that way, ask any japanese who spent some time abroad.

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They really don't look happy

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