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Woman Documents Movements of Japan’s Ruling Family

日本统治家族的动态记录

Wherever Japan’s ruling family goes, you will find Fumiko Shirataki -- in summer heat and winter cold, to the ocean and to the mountains.

无论日本的统治家族走到哪里,你都能看到志田文子-从炎热的夏天和到寒冷的冬天,从海洋和到群山。

The only times Shirataki does not go are when it snows or rains too hard.

只有雪或雨下得太大的时候她才不会去。

“You can’t get good pictures then - and if the camera lens gets wet, it might get damaged. I really worry about that,” she says.

她说:“那样的天气拍不到好的照片,而且如果相机镜头被淋湿,可能会损坏。我真的很担心。”

For the past 26 years, Shirataki has followed and taken pictures of Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and especially Crown Princess Masako.

在过去的26年里,志田文子一直跟踪并拍摄了明仁天皇、美智子皇后,特别是皇太子妃雅子的照片。

“As soon as I know their plans, I’ll be there - though it’s hard if I only find out the night before,” she told the Reuters news agency.

“一旦我知道他们的计划,我就会去那里-不过,如果我只是在前一天晚上才知道的话,那就很难了”,她告诉路透社。

Shirataki loves following the royal family. This custom is called “okkake” in Japan. She began in 1993, when she followed then-Masako Owada, before her marriage to Crown Prince Naruhito.

志田文子喜欢追随皇室,这一习俗在日本被称为“okkake”。她开始于1993年,当年她跟随当时的小和田雅子,在她和皇太子德仁结婚之前。

Shirataki, now age 78, remembers that, in the beginning, she had trouble taking good pictures.

现年78岁的志田文子还记得,一开始,她很难拍出好的照片。

“I wasn’t used to carrying such a heavy camera, so I’d shoot the tires, or the back seat, or the driver,” she said at her home in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. On the wall hangs a photo of Masako and an Imperial Family calendar.

她在东京附近川崎的家中说:“我不习惯携带这么重的相机,所以我会拍轮胎、后座或司机。”她的墙上挂着一张雅子的照片和一张皇家日历。

But now she has gotten better at photography, and her house is filled with a huge number of photos.

但现在她的摄影能力有所提高,她的房子里到处都是照片。

She cannot count them. “After all, it’s been 26 years,” she said.

她数不清照片的数量,“毕竟,已经26年了,”她说。

Shirataki will not say how she and others learn about where royal family members will be. But once she has the details, she loads her things, takes a folding chair and a rice ball to eat, and leaves the house.

志田文子不愿透露她和其他人是如何了解王室成员的行程的,但一旦得到具体消息,她就把东西装好,带上折叠椅和饭团,然后离开家。

“They know our faces by now, so when we raise the cameras I guess they think ‘here they are’ and they face towards us and wave,” said Shirataki.

“他们现在已经认识我们了,所以当我们举起相机时,我猜他们心里会想‘他们来了’,并面向我们,朝我们招手,”志田文子说。

Most Japanese who chase after the royals are female. They say their main interest is the royal women and their clothes. Shirataki has a part-time job at a car dealership and does have free time to take photos.

大多数追逐皇室成员的日本人都是女性。她们说她们最感兴趣的是皇室的女眷和她们的服装。志田文子在一家汽车经销店有一份兼职工作,而且确实有空闲时间去拍照。

Up until recently, her husband was still working, but he died two years ago. Now she cannot spend as much time on photography. “I’d spend five or six days a week at this, but now I have to work,” she said.

直到最近,她丈夫还在工作,但他两年前去世了。现在她不能花那么多时间在摄影上。她说:“我以前每周用五六天的时间摄影,但现在我得工作了。”

Shirataki does not want to talk about how much she spends on following the royals and taking pictures. But she will say that she spends over $400 every year just on photos.

志田文子不想谈论她花了多少钱在追随皇室成员和拍照上。但她说,她每年仅仅在照片上就花费400多美元。

Shirataki says Masako is her favorite royal and has even appeared in her dreams. But Shirataki worries about Masako’s health. The crown princess has had health problems in recent years.

志田文子说,雅子是她最喜欢的皇室成员,甚至还梦到过她。但她很担心雅子的健康状况,王妃最近几年一直有健康问题。

“There could be a lot of times where Masako won’t go with the emperor,” she said. “If it’s just him, we won’t go. Her alone? Yes.”

她说:“有很多时候,雅子不会和天皇一起出行,如果只有天皇,我们就不去了。只有她一个人的时候,必然会去。”

Shirataki may already have reached the height of her success as a royal chaser. This year, she shook hands with the Empress.

作为一名皇家追求者,志田文子可能已经达到了她成功的顶峰,今年,她和皇后握手了。

“I’ve talked with them briefly before but that’s the only time I’d ever been able to put out my hand ... I didn’t realize I would do it,” Shirataki said.

“我以前和他们简单地说过话,但那是我唯一次能够伸出我的手,我没有意识到我会这么做。”志田文子说。

“When I asked, she just said, in a small voice, ‘If my hand is okay,’” and she added. “And then I did.”

“当我问她能否握手时,她只是小声说,‘如果可以的话,’”她补充道,“然后我就这么做了。”

On April 30, the Japanese emperor will turn over his official duties to his son, Naruhito. There will be a new Empress Masako.

4月30日,日本天皇将把他的职责移交给他的儿子德仁,届时将有一个新的雅子皇后。

I’m Jill Robbins.

吉尔·罗宾斯报道。

 

Woman Documents Movements of Japan’s Ruling Family

Wherever Japan’s ruling family goes, you will find Fumiko Shirataki -- in summer heat and winter cold, to the ocean and to the mountains.

The only times Shirataki does not go are when it snows or rains too hard.

“You can’t get good pictures then - and if the camera lens gets wet, it might get damaged. I really worry about that,” she says.

For the past 26 years, Shirataki has followed and taken pictures of EmperorAkihito, Empress Michiko and especially Crown Princess Masako.

“As soon as I know their plans, I’ll be there - though it’s hard if I only find out the night before,” she told the Reuters news agency.

Shirataki loves following the royal family. This custom is called “okkake” in Japan. She began in 1993, when she followed then-Masako Owada, before her marriage to Crown Prince Naruhito.

Shirataki, now age 78, remembers that, in the beginning, she had trouble taking good pictures.

“I wasn’t used to carrying such a heavy camera, so I’d shoot the tires, or the back seat, or the driver,” she said at her home in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. On the wall hangs a photo of Masako and an Imperial Family calendar.

But now she has gotten better at photography, and her house is filled with a huge number of photos.

She cannot count them. “After all, it’s been 26 years,” she said.

Shirataki will not say how she and others learn about where royal family members will be. But once she has the details, she loads her things, takes a folding chair and a rice ball to eat, and leaves the house.

“They know our faces by now, so when we raise the cameras I guess they think ‘here they are’ and they face towards us and wave,” said Shirataki.

Most Japanese who chase after the royals are female. They say their main interest is the royal women and their clothes. Shirataki has a part-time job at a car dealership and does have free time to take photos.

Up until recently, her husband was still working, but he died two years ago. Now she cannot spend as much time on photography. “I’d spend five or six days a week at this, but now I have to work,” she said.

Shirataki does not want to talk about how much she spends on following the royals and taking pictures. But she will say that she spends over $400 every year just on photos.

Shirataki says Masako is her favorite royal and has even appeared in her dreams. But Shirataki worries about Masako’s health. The crown princess has had health problems in recent years.

“There could be a lot of times where Masako won’t go with the emperor,” she said. “If it’s just him, we won’t go. Her alone? Yes.”

Shirataki may already have reached the height of her success as a royal chaser. This year, she shook hands with the Empress.

“I’ve talked with them briefly before but that’s the only time I’d ever been able to put out my hand ... I didn’t realize I would do it,” Shirataki said.

“When I asked, she just said, in a small voice, ‘If my hand is okay,’” and she added. “And then I did.”

On April 30, the Japanese emperor will turn over his official duties to his son, Naruhito. There will be a new Empress Masako.

I’m Jill Robbins.

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Words in This Story

lens – n. a clear curved piece of glass or plastic that is used in eyeglasses, cameras, telescopes, and the like to make things look clearer, smaller, or bigger

emperor – n. a man who rules a group of countries that are controlled by one ruler or one government

empress – n. a woman who rules an empire

crown princess – n. a princess who is expected to become queen when the current king or queen dies

royal – n. of or relating to a king or queen

tire – n. the rubber covering of a wheel

imperial – n. of or relating to a kingdom or an emperor


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