Autographed letter signed, 2 1/2 pages - folded double-page with a blind embossed Imperial seal, 5,5 x 8,25 inch, Tokyo, 3.07.1957, in English, to princess Lilian of Belgium (also known as princess of Rethy. 1916-2002), written and signed by Akhito (as Crown Prince) in blue fountain pen, with intersecting letter folds - otherwise in very fine condition. The Prince explains that he takes the opportunity of the recent appointment of the Ambassador of Japan to Belgium, to send the present letter and asks his correspondent "How is the weather in Brussels now ? I remember it was very agreable in July when I visited there four years ago. Here in Tokyo it will be quite hot very soon. I am intending to stay for about a month in August in Karuizawa, where the weather is very similar to that of Brussels, and I shall enjoy playing tennis mostly there." Further referring to a Japanese ancient fishing practice "Before going up there, I will go to Gifu to see cormorant fishing. Have you ever heard about it ? It is an old traditional way of fishing in which cormorants are used to catch fish in the river." Akihito concludes by asking his correspondent about the progress in the preparation of the International Exposition in Brussels and proclaims "I`m quite sure it will be grand occasion of festivity." Accompanied by the original envelope hand addressed by the Prince.
|Profession||the reigning Emperor of Japan, the 125th emperor of his line according to Japan's traditional order of succession|
|Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm)||5,5 x 8,25|
|Type of Autograph||letters|
|Expert comment||Rare !|