Japan is getting ready for the Royal Wedding of the year, April 10, when Crown Prince Akihito marries Miss Michiko Shoda, a commoner of his own choice, the girl he met on a tennis court.
Japan is getting ready for the Royal Wedding of the year, April 10, when Crown Prince Akihito marries Miss Michiko Shoda, a commoner of his own choice, the girl he met on a tennis court. On April 5 Visnews filmed the arrival of Mrs. Elizabeth Gray Vining, former tutor to the Crown Prince and the only non-Japanese who will attend the wedding as Philadelphia's Honorary Goodwill Ambassadress.
Tokyo and practically every other city, village or community in Japan is being decorated and police in the capital are making final preparations to ensure a smooth-rolling wedding procession through the streets which will be packed with thousands of spectators.
Businessmen are doing increased trade because everyone wants to look his or her best on the wedding day. Fireworks and paper decorations are in high demand as well as periscopes for those who fear the huge crowd will prevent them from seeing the procession.
Radio and Television stations are laying on grand-scale coverage of the wedding. Thirteen press 'planes will circle the procession's route from the Imperial Palace to the Crown Prince's private mansion, - a distance of eight kilometres - five of the 'planes will carry TV-cameras.
Mrs. Elizabeth Gray Vining was the Crown Prince's American tutor from 1946-1950. She has been designated by the American town of Philadelphia as "Honorary Goodwill Ambassador, empowered to represent the city in stimulating friendly relations throughout the world."
Mrs. Vining said she thought the wedding of Akihito to Miss Shoda, a member of a distinguished samurai family "would bring the throne of Japan much closer to the people" much as the British Royal Family is part of the people.