Princess Alexandra of Kent, winding up her state visit to Japan as the representative of Queen Elizabeth, returns to Tokyo from a four-day visit to Osaka, Kyoto and Nara areas, and the same evening is hostess at a formal dinner at the British Embassy for Japanese royalty and dignitaries.
princess' limousine arrives at Prince Akihito's palace; princess is greeted at door and enters; Roll 2-- Alexandra, Michiko and Akihito, inside palace, walking and chatting; they tour garden of palace; LS of place and garden. Roll-- front of Princess Chichibu's home; British Embassy limousine pulls up to entrance; Alexandra gets out, is greeted at door by Chichibu; they chat, and enter home; CU of princess flag in limousine. (end pool footage) Roll 4--Imperial Household limousine arrives at Mitsukoshi Department Store; Princess Alexandra enters store; crowds are held back; princess waves to crowds; shots of bridal kimono for men and women; princess looking at kimono; shots of Japanese doll display; flower arrangement, with Japanese and British flags above it, in store; statue in lobby of store; princess takes seat for puppet show; musicians play; puppet performance; princess meets puppeteer.
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Background: Princess Alexandra of Kent, winding up her state visit to Japan as the representative of Queen Elizabeth, returns to Tokyo from a four-day visit to Osaka, Kyoto and Nara areas, and the same evening is hostess at a formal dinner at the British Embassy for Japanese royalty and dignitaries.
The 24-year-old princess presides at a reception for some 400 guests following the dinner, and shows no sign of fatigue despite her crowded calander. Returning to Tokyo from the Kansai district of Japan at 3:30 p.m. that afternoon, she still finds time for two calls before the banquet and reception in the evening, calling upon Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko in the late afternoon, then visiting Princess Chichibu. Princess Alexandra meets little Prince Hiro, future ruler of Japan, and presents him with a Teddy Bear. For his parents, Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko, the visiting princess brings tennis rackets and tennis balls. In return, she receives a book describing the Japanese royal treasures.
The dinner for the Imperial Family, and then the reception, end a busy day. The following morning, the young princess visits Japan's National Rehabilitation Center for the Handicapped and inspects the various equipment and craft shops in the center, and meets some of the patients. Later in the morning, she visits Mitsukoshi Department Store on Tokyo's Ginza, and sees a display of bridal kimono, then watches "bunraku," the traditional Japanese puppet shows.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) she leaves Tokyo to fly to Bangkok for a five-day visit to Thailand, before continuing on to Burma next Monday.