JAPAN: A Black Lily for the Prince

In the presence of so exalted a person as the Crown Prince Akihito. 24, the young girl who guided his tour of Lake Akan on the northern island of Hokkaido last week had observed the strictest decorum. But suddenly, for no apparent reason at all, she burst into an island song. "The black lily," she crooned, "is the flower of love. Shall I give this flower to you?" Then she presented the surprised prince with a real black lily "to symbolize our hope that he will soon marry a beautiful girl as his...

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