宮内庁公式HP掲載、同上雅子会見英訳バージョン Question 1
This question is to Your Imperial Highness the Crown Princess. As this is the tenth year since you became a member of the Imperial Family, it must surely be a significant milestone year in your life. From meeting His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince until your marriage, from the birth of Her Imperial Highness Princess Aiko up to her first birthday, I imagine that there have been many profound experiences marked by both joy and difficulty. Please tell us, by reflecting upon the course of your life until now, about your hopes and expectations for the future. Answer 1 When it was pointed out that ten years are passing, I thought, “Yes indeed, ten years have really gone by?” I had the feeling that it was nine years, but it was pointed out that it is almost ten years. People say that “ten years is an epoch,” or that “ten years goes by like the passing of a day.” When I come to think about it, with the opening of the new year, on 19 January it will indeed be ten years since the convening of the Imperial Household Council which resulted in my engagement and I feel deeply nostalgic when I think about it.