OK so these pictures look strange from most European/American point of view.
But do any posters understand the Japanese cultural reason the royals are expected to produce babyish pictures with the cardboard background and a baby puzzle and no mom in the pictures ? Like, does this make sense culturally ( sorry if that offends, cant think of a better work) or what would be expected by the JRF?
Would the boy thatís in line for the Emperor also be expected to take similar looking pics?
Also I understand itís 2 completely different families/countries but compare Amalia of NZ 16th pics-quite a difference
These latest birthday pictures are very typical of what the Imperial Family releases for all birthdays and I'm sure they look that way simply because they have for decades.
I'm surprised but not shocked that Masako isn't in the picture-it's been that way before, maybe they're trying to show a special relationship between father and daughter. And the puzzle represents that she's studying Africa.
Yes Prince Hisahito has had similar pictures taken, but they've also had some informal photos taken outside, one of him and his father with bug nets comes to mind.