Young Prince Turns 9, Shows Fascination With Insects, Foreign Lands

Young prince turns 9, shows fascination with insects, foreign landsJust like other boys his age, Prince Hisahito, who celebrated his ninth birthday on Sept. 6, is interested in insects and geography.
He is also eager to learn about war history.
According to Imperial Household Agency officials, Hisahito, third in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne, exhibits a budding interest in other countries.

He likes to study a globe with his parents, Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko, and his two older sisters to confirm the location of nations.

The family also enjoys discussing the language spoken in those nations, agency officials said.

Hisahito is now in the third grade at Ochanomizu University Elementary School. He takes pleasure in catching insects with classmates after school is out, but he makes a point of releasing the bugs where he caught them after examining them.

Hisahito has also begun showing an interest in the environment frequented by insects, and he often observes the streams and ponds that are found within the Akasaka Estate where the family resides.

With this year marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Hisahito viewed an exhibition about the war in the summer and attended a memorial ceremony for those who died in the Battle of Okinawa.

He carefully read the picture diaries kept by children of that time and also listened attentively to talks by those who survived the war.

Hisahito has also heard about the war from Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, his grandparents.