aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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the ordeal of Princess Masako
Posted by dav at 2004 June 29 07:14 PM
File under: Thoughts

Where's the A-Team when you need them?

Tradition Afflicts a Modern Princess (washingtonpost.com):

Toshiya Matsuzaki, 66, a Tokyo-based commentator on the imperial family who has followed them for 45 years, said Masako had essentially become a prisoner: "There is a great outpouring of sympathy for this woman, a modern woman, a woman educated in America and who is finding it very difficult to adjust to the demands and peculiarities of Japanese imperial court life. One has the feeling that she is suffering under the strain."

Masako, among other expectations, is under pressure from the courtiers to bear a male heir.

Get with the program, Japan. Queens rule!


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