Windows for the Crown Prince

Autobiography of the English tutor of Akihito “We want you to open windows on to a wider world for out Crown Prince” —Viscount Matsudaira

“Chiefly I thought about the Crown Prince and wondered what kind of child he was. He was twelve, I knew, nearing thirteen. I had seen newspapers photographs of a chubby little boy with a direct, intelligent gaze, and I found these photographs, blurred as they were appealing. He seemed to be so thoroughly, solidly, himself