I thought the reception for a little low key for a Princess, with most everyone in ski clothes, but this was a ski race weekend. There were a few short welcome-type speeches, then a Kanpai with beer or Hokkaido milk and later some delicious food. The Princess was wearing a suit with the race pin and a snowflake pin, carrying white gloves and a small black purse. When she went on stage, a member of her staff stepped forward and took the purse from the Princess, returning it when she stepped off stage. I really think I could do that job – Princess purse holder. Ted and I had the good fortune to be personally introduced to Her Imperial Highness! She was very gracious and spoke with us in English. I didn’t see her eat anything at the reception, but she did walk around to each table for greetings and photos before leaving with her staff members.
I’ll write about the rest of the race weekend later in the week. The race was fun, but truly, the best part of the weekend for me was meeting the Princess.