"I hope that the understanding of sign language, and of people with hearing difficulties, continues to improve," Kako signed
It was an address that spoke volumes – and she made it without moving her lips.
Japan’s Princess Kako delivered a speech in sign language for the first time on Tuesday to launch a contest for the hearing-impaired at an event in Yonago, almost 500 miles west of Tokyo.
The young princess is following in the footsteps of her mother, Kiko, Princess Akishino, who’s also well-versed in sign language.
Twenty teams of high school students competed in the event, using signed songs and dramas.
“I hope that the understanding of sign language, and of people with hearing difficulties, continues to improve – and that this contest will create some happy memories,” Kako, the second daughter of Prince Fumihito and granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, signed.
Like her older sister Mako, 23, , Princess Kako, who is currently attending the International Christian University (ICU) on the outskirts of Tokyo, spent a brief period studying abroad at Dublin’s Trinity College.
Big sister Mako has spent the past year living completely undetected on the leafy campus of the University of Leicester, England.
Kako first showed an interest in sign language earlier this year when she attended a play with her mother Kiko, Princess Akishino in Tokyo that was performed entirely in sign language.
Princess Kako, who is second in line to the throne, recently turned 20, which is widely regarded as the age of adulthood in Japan.
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