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The Funeral of Prince Mikasa of Japan

  November 4, 2016 at 4:19 am by

The funeral of His Imperial Highness Prince Mikasa of Japan has taken place today at the Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.  The solemn and sacred event was attended by  the late Prince’s widow and the Chief Mourner, Princess Yuriko, who was accompanied by her granddaughter Princess Akiko.  Other members of the Imperial Family, including Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako were also in attendance, together with Japan’s Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Preparations Underway for Imperial Funeral

  November 2, 2016 at 6:16 am by

Preparations for the Funeral of His Imperial Highness Prince Mikasa of Japan are underway with the ceremony taking place this coming Friday, 4th November at the Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo.  The funeral will take the form of a “renso no go” rite, in which the late Prince’s coffin will be entombed. In the meantime, Their Imperial Majesties, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have paid their respects to … Continue reading

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Prince Mikasa has Died

  October 27, 2016 at 2:51 am by

It has been announced that His Imperial Highness Prince Mikasa of Japan has died at the age of 100 years. His Imperial Highness was the uncle of Emperor Akihito and the younger brother of the late Emperor Showa.  Born on 2nd December 1915, Prince Mikasa was, until his death, the oldest member of the Imperial Family and lived through the reigns of three emperors. During the Second World War, the … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Japan: Day Three and Four

  October 13, 2016 at 11:25 am by

On the third day of the state visit, on Wednesday October 12, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, along with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, travelled by train to Yuki, a city in the north of Japan. In Yuki they visited a textile industry where they were given a demostration about the creation of a traditional woven silk textile called Yuki-tsugumi. Back in Tokyo, Queen Mathilde attended a seminar to … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Japan: Day 2

  October 11, 2016 at 8:11 pm by

Today Tuesday October 11, second day of the state visit, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were officially welcomed by the Japanese Imperial Family. The welcoming ceremony was held in the courtyard of the Imperial Palace in the presence of Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. After the inspection of the guards and the playing of the national anthems, a private meeting took place inside … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Prince Masahito Marries Hanako Tsugaru

  September 30, 2016 at 8:30 am by

September 30, 1964: The second son of Emperor Hirohito, Prince Masahito, married Hanako Tsugaru, a member of the Imperial aristocracy. The newlywed couple posed for official photographs in traditional Japanese dress, before changing into Western clothing for further celebrations. One day later, the Emperor granted Prince Masahito the title Hitachi-no-miya, allowing him to form the Hitachi branch of the Imperial Family. He and his new bride were known from then on … Continue reading

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Poll Indicates Japanese Population Support Emperor’s Desire to Step Down

  September 14, 2016 at 4:14 am by

A poll conducted over the weekend by Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun has shown that the majority of those surveyed support legislation changes allowing the nation’s Emperors to be able to abdicate. 76% of the over 2,000 valid responses taken said they believe  an “arrangement should be instituted to allow any emperor to step down” – while the number in favour rose to 91% when asked specifically about the current Emperor, Akihito, being … Continue reading

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Princess Mako On Official Visit to Paraguay

  September 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm by

Princess Mako of Akishino is representing her grandfather, the Emperor of Japan, in Paraguay this week, as the two countries mark 80 years of immigration and bilateral relations. She attended a ceremony today alongside President Horacio Cartes and the Japanese Ambassador to Paraguay, Takeshi Kamitami, in Luque to celebrate the anniversary. A group of farmers were the first immigrants from Japan to Paraguay in 1936. The Princess delivered a speech … Continue reading

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Prince Hisahito Turns Ten

  September 6, 2016 at 10:00 am by

Japan’s Prince Hisahito today celebrates his tenth birthday. He is the third in line to the throne, as the only grandson of Emperor Akihito. To mark the occasion, a video of the Prince with his two elder sisters, Princesses Mako and Kako, has been released showing the siblings tending to the rice paddy and gardens on their residence in Tokyo. Born in 2006, Hisahito was the first male to be … Continue reading

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State Visit to Japan On Belgian King and Queen’s Agenda

  August 15, 2016 at 7:30 am by

It has been announced that King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians will pay a state visit to Japan this October, on the invitation of Emperor Akihito. The visit will take place between October 9 to 15, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries and to “further develop the relationship of friendship, goodwill and cooperation that our countries have built in a variety of fields”, … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito Addresses the Nation

  August 8, 2016 at 6:00 am by

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan has made a televised address to the people of Japan in connection with his personal views relating to his role as Emperor. The address was pre-recorded before being televised throughout Japan earlier today.  It was only the second such address he has made since ascending the Chrysanthemum Throne 28 years ago – the first being in 2011 when the Emperor sought to give reassurance and … Continue reading

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Prince Hisahito Joins Parents On Visit To Niigata Prefecture

  August 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm by

Japan’s 9-year-old Prince Hisahito has joined his parents, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, on a three-day visit to the Niigata Prefecture in the centre of the country. They paid a visit to the Niigata Prefectural Museum, where they were shown exhibitions focusing on the snowy life and culture of the prefecture, and got to inspect Jōmon period (12,000 BC-300BC) artefacts. The museum’s purpose is to teach visitors about the prefecture’s “anthropology, archaeology, folklore and history.” … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Diet Session Opened by the Japanese Emperor

  August 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm by

Emperor Akihito has opened the extraordinary Diet session in Tokyo today, welcoming newly elected lawmakers into the Upper House. The Emperor, as per tradition, delivered an opening speech in front of the individuals responsible for electing the country’s Prime Minister (Shinzō Abe remains in the Prime Ministership after taking the position in December 2012). It is believed the Emperor will make a televised address on August 8th in relation to recent … Continue reading

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Japanese Crown Princely Family Pay Homage to Emperor Jimmu

  July 21, 2016 at 7:23 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako and Princess Aiko of Japan have paid homage to Japan’s first Emperor, Jimmu, at his shrine in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture. Dressed in formal attire, the family bowed deeply to Emperor Jimmu’s – who died 2,600 years ago – shrine during the worship, in which they offered tree branches to the shrine. This was 14-year-old Princess Aiko’s first visit to the shrine, according to Asahi. They … Continue reading

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An Abdication Coming In Japan?

  July 13, 2016 at 10:26 am by

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has written today that 82-year-old Emperor Akihito has plans to abdicate the throne in the “next few years”. According to their sources, the Emperor has been discussing the matter with his close aides and would like to abdicate before becoming “too frail to carry out duties fully”, passing the throne to his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Emperor Akihito has been on the throne since the … Continue reading

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Formal Dress for Emperor and Empress at Awards Ceremony

  June 14, 2016 at 6:21 am by

Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 72nd Japan Art Academy Awards Ceremony yesterday in Tokyo. Their Majesties were dressed formally, with the Emperor wearing a black morning suit, grey waistcoat and grey tie, whilst the Empress wore a traditional Kimomo in grey silk fabric with fern-green embroidery. The Emperor and Empress both take a keen interest in the arts, most notably for music, and regularly request … Continue reading

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Happy and Relaxed at a Conservation Event!

  June 12, 2016 at 5:39 pm by

Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako have today visited the city of Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, north-east of Tokyo to attend a conservation event.  During the visit, Crown Prince Naruhito made a speech in which he spoke of the importance of involving a large range of people in the conservation of greenery and water resources. Later, Their Imperial Highnesses planted a tree in a ceremony held at … Continue reading

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Emperor and Empress Plant Trees in Nagano

  June 5, 2016 at 4:45 pm by

Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan have today visited Nagano Prefecture in central Japan where they attended the 67th National Tree Planting Festival by planting several trees. Nagano Prefecture is right in the heart of Japan.  Completely landlocked and mountainous, it became renowned as an excellent location for winter sports after the 1998 Winter Olympics were held there.  The National Tree Planting Festival took place at the Nagano … Continue reading

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A Nostalgic Visit for the Emperor and Empress

  June 1, 2016 at 8:18 am by

Yesterday, 31st May, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Koganei Park in the Western suburbs of Tokyo for a nostalgic visit to where His Majesty spent some of his youth living and going to school. During the war years, the then Crown Prince Akihito attended Gakushuin Secondary School in the Mejiro district of Tokyo, which was destroyed in an air-raid during the war. The school … Continue reading

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Traditional Tasks for the Emperor and Empress of Japan

  May 29, 2016 at 6:04 pm by

Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan perform a variety of official duties throughout the year, including holding audiences and greeting official guests and heads of state at the Imperial Palace, visiting exhibitions and museums and spending time with the people of Japan in times of need, such as when natural disasters occur in the country. Other duties include performing ceremonial tasks including Shinto rituals to honour … Continue reading

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