Early Life and Education
Titled Prince Hiro (浩宮, Hiro-no-miya?), he was invested as the Crown Prince on 23 February 1991, following the death of his grandfather, Emperor Shōwa on 7 January 1989.
He received his bachelor's and his master's degrees in history from Gakushuin University in 1982 and 1988, respectively. From 1983 until 1985 he studied in England at Merton College, Oxford University.
Prince Naruhito plays the viola and enjoys jogging, hiking, and mountaineering in his spare time. He has written several papers and a memoir of his Oxford days, The Thames and I: A Memoir of Two Years at Oxford.
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