Member of Imperial Family greets with sign language for first time at sign language speech contest in Tokyo

Princess Mako greets using sign language in
"The National Sign Language Speech Contest
for High School Students".
(photo: http://www.excite.co.jp/)

 August 30, 2014

Princess Mako, aged 22  and the eldest daughter of the Prince Akishino family, attended the "The 31st National Sign Language Speech Contest for High School Students" held in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo on August 30. She mixed sign language when greeting.

This was the first time for her to greet by sign language. She said, "I just began to learn sign language now. I hope you all the participants to express a thought or an idea in rich sign language."


*Prince Akishino is the younger brother of the Crown Prince.
*The national contest is held every summer for the hearing high school students who have practiced using sign language.


Japanese sources:
http://www.excite.co.jp/News/society_g/20140830/Mainichi_20140831k0000m040018000c.html

http://digital.asahi.com/articles/ASG8Z7GCKG8ZUTIL01Z.html


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