I feel that each of my three children has been expanding their activities.
My eldest daughter, Mako, took over attending the National Urban Greenery Festival from us, and visited Nagano prefecture in May. She seems to have been impressed by the natural beauty, sericulture and art in the area. In July, she paid an official visit to Peru and Bolivia. I think she had a valuable experience including touching upon the history and culture of South America, and learning about the communities of Japanese descendants. She continues to take part in the work of the Japan Kōgei Association, and I understand that she will attend other events, such as one by the Japan Tennis Association.
My second daughter, Kako, graduated from university this year, and attended the Sankei Children’s Book Award Ceremony, which I have attended for a long time. She continues to work on official duties such as attending the All-Japan High School Equestrian Competition. She will visit Austria and Hungary starting next week. It will be her first official visit to foreign countries, and I feel that she has been working hard to prepare by reading books and listening to experts. I hope that she will carry out her duties well.
My son, Hisahito, graduated from elementary school in March this year, and entered junior high school in April. Along with working on various activities and assignments in junior high school, he grows rice and vegetables and examines dragonflies. For example, when growing vegetables, he carries out additional measures to increase the harvest by actions such as adding fertilizer, weeding, and pollination.
In Bhutan, the Royal Family, starting with Their Majesties the King and Queen, and Their Majesties the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Queen Mothers, kindly extended us a very warm welcome. In each destination, I felt that my son cherished his encounters with people, listening to explanations in museums, temples, an archery ground and a school. He was trying hard to understand the explanations in English. He also touched upon stock raising in Jela, which has an altitude of 3,500 meters, and agriculture in Punakha, the old capital, which has an altitude of 1,300 meters, and felt the nature and culture of Bhutan with his whole body.
I think that he will consider his future path through various experiences, and his widening interests.