Prince Akishinonomiya and his wife Princess Kiko stopped by the Prefecture Chiba School for the Deaf located in Chiba City on October 5. They were on the way to attend the 65th National Sports Festival closing ceremony in the city.
They observed the classroom where the Deaf young children learned the language and the vocational training program for the high school students.
Princes Kiko who had been learning sign language since the school days talked in sign language with the children, "I hope the weather will be good for your excursion", etc.
Prince Akishinonomiya, the younger brother of the Crown Prince, also greeted to each children, "Hello", "Thank you" in sign language, which was warmly welcomed by them.