The school year started last week in Japan. On Tuesday we were out and all the schools had their entrance ceremonies, kindergartens, grade schools, junior high, high schools and universities. Then the parade in front of our house started on Weds. We live along the prescribed route to the local grade school.
But things are different for the imperial household this year. Those in line to the Chrysanthemum throne have elected to go to more normal schools. In fact, Princess Mako will be going to a Christian university! This is a great opportunity. See http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201001270370.html