Taka­mado

Trek Magazine - - Famous Ubc Visitors -

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.

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