On June 9, 2004, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan presented a collection of books on Japanese society and culture to UBC’s Asian Library in honour of her late husband, Prince Takamado. During her visit, Professor Emeritus Herbert Rosengarten (pictured right) led her on a tour of the Nitobe Memorial Garden. “My stroll with the princess was very pleasant,” he recalls. “We had both been students at Cambridge, and we exchanged reminiscences of struggling up Huntingdon Road on gearless bikes. After the walk we went to a reception in the Liu Centre; there were lots of people waiting to greet her, but despite all the handshakes and polite trivialities she had to endure, the smile never left her face.” Their Imperial Highnesses the Emperor and Empress of Japan visited UBC in July 2009. Emperor Akihito’s first visit to UBC was in 1953, when he was crown prince.