JAPAN: Love & the Chickens

In the salad days of war, meek, myopic Prince Hironobu Fushimi, distant cousin of Emperor Hirohito, was a middle-aged captain in the Imperial navy. His country's defeat left him a civilian, and like other kinsmen of the Imperial family, without title. His Tokyo mansion had been bombed; he built himself a modest cottage on the site of the ruins. There he and his wife, the former Princess Hanako Kanin, settled down as plain Mr. & Mrs. Hironobu Kacho.

To make ends meet, the ex-prince raised chickens in his backyard, and was happy.

He explained that he had always been a "biologist"...

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