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Princess Tsuguko of Japan to visit Sri Lanka


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Princess Tsuguko of Takamado, the eldest daughter of Japanese Prince Takamado, will arrive in Sri Lanka on a four-day visit from 19 to 23 August in response to an invitation extended to the Princess by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa during their visit to Japan in March this year. The Princess was born on 8 March 1986 to Prince and Princess Takamado. After studying at the University of Edinburgh, the Princess returned to Japan in 2008. In March 2013, she graduated from the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University and is presently attached to the Japan Committee for UNICEF, but attends ceremonies and functions at the Imperial Palace and other official events. Her grandfather, Prince Takahito of Mikasa, visited Sri Lanka in 1956 and was gifted with a baby elephant by the then Prime Minister the late S.W.R.D. Bandaranayake, which was subsequently donated to the TAMA Zoological Park in Tokyo. President Rajapaksa donated two more baby elephants to the same zoological park during his official visit to Japan in March this year in the presence of Princess Tsuguko. The Princess will visit the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy and the Sri Mahabhodhi at Anuradhapura. She will also pay a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Kandy. The Princess will also meet with the Diyadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa Nilanga Dela and will have the opportunity to view the Sri Dalada Perehera. She will tour some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and other sites of historical importance in Sri Lanka, the botanical gardens at Peradeniya and engage in a tour of a national park to view elephants prior to her departure on 23 August.

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