This sensitive, engaging and informative account of English university life, customs and mores – as seen from the perspective of a young Japanese student, albeit Japan’s heir to the throne – contributes to cross-cultural studies in the broader context. It is also a rare record of a life lived by one who normally experiences `life above the clouds’ as a member of the Japanese imperial family.
Crown Prince Naruhito was born on February 23, 1960, as the eldest son of the emperor and Empress Michiko. Until he was 28, his grandfather Hirohito (Emperor Showa) occupied the throne. The name Naruhito consists of two Chinese ideograms taken from an ancient Chinese Confucian philosophy book meaning “a man who will acquire heavenly virtues”. In 1984, when he was still crown prince, Akihito stated at a press conference, “I believe that properly understanding the everyday feelings of a family is a way of appreciating and understanding the feelings of citizens whom I may never have the chance to meet.” Crown Prince Naruhito Biography and Profile.