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Japan’s Princess Mako Graduates from Leicester University

  January 23, 2016 at 1:47 am by

Princess Mako of Akishino graduated from Leicester University with a postgraduate degree in museum studies on Wednesday. The Princess, who spent a year in Leicester for her studies incognito, said that she had had a “fruitful year” and hoped to “apply what I have learned at postgraduate school in the future.” She also thanked the university for providing the “opportunity to pursue my studies in such a favourable environment.” Mako, the … Continue reading

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Japanese Emperor Celebrates Birthday

  December 23, 2015 at 8:49 pm by

The Emperor of Japan today celebrated his 82nd birthday, and was warmly celebrated by his family and the Japanese public. Appearing on the balcony of the Imperial Palace’s Chōwaden Reception Hall, Emperor Akihito briefly addressed the crowd of around 23,000 that had gathered below, wishing that “the coming year will be a bright one for everybody.” Empress Michiko, the Crown Prince Couple and Prince and Princess Akishino were also present on the … Continue reading

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The Five Score Prince: Mikasa Turns 100

  December 2, 2015 at 8:30 am by

Japanese Prince Mikasa celebrated his 100th birthday today, and said that “nothing will change” because of the milestone. “While praying for the happiness of people around the world and expressing gratitude to my wife, Yuriko, who has supported me for more than 70 years, I want to continue to spend enjoyable and calm days,” a statement released by the Imperial Household Agency on behalf of the Prince said. View image | … Continue reading

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Prince Akishino Turns 50

  November 30, 2015 at 3:00 am by

Prince Akishino turns 50 today. Born on November 30, 1965 in Tokyo, he is the second son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michio and is second inline to the throne. He studies elementary and secondary years at the Gakushuin. In April 1984, he entered the Gakushuin University he majored and graduated law and biology. October 1988 to June 1990, he studied the taxonomy of fish at St John’s College, Oxford … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Masako Joins Family at Autumn Garden Party

  November 12, 2015 at 9:50 pm by

Crown Princess Masako of Japan today attended the annual autumn garden party at Akasaka Palace along with other members of the Imperial Family. Dressed in a vibrant purple outfit with matching hat, the Crown Princess stood out from the crowd in what was her first appearance at the garden party since 2003. View image | gettyimages.com The Emperor and Empress hosted the party, where invited members of Japanese society meet the Imperial … Continue reading

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Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko On Brazilian Visit

  October 28, 2015 at 10:47 pm by

Prince and Princess Akishino of Japan have begun a ten-day official visit to Brazil, to mark 120 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The couple arrived in São Paulo earlier this morning; their first visit was to Ibirapuera Park where they laid a wreath at the Monument to Japanese Immigration Pioneers and planted a commemorative tree. View image | gettyimages.com During their visit, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will … Continue reading

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Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako Visit Fukushima

  October 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako visited Fukushima today. During their visit, the couple visited the senior high school where they toured the school and met with students that are learning about reconstruction tasks. The Crown Prince and Princess also visited a tomato farm in Iwaki City. The visit of the Crown Prince couple is to check on the progress of the rebuilding of the area after the earthquake … Continue reading

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Japanese Empress Diagnosed with Myocardial Ischemia

  August 10, 2015 at 12:19 am by

Tests performed at the University of Tokyo Hospital have shown that Empress Michiko is suffering from myocardial ischemia, a condition in which blood flow to the heart is reduced. According to the Imperial Household Agency, Empress Michiko will not have to have surgery at this stage to fix the condition, she will receive medication if her chest pains continue to worsen. She underwent a coronary computed tomography scan on August 9, after … Continue reading

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Princess Hitachi’s 75th Birthday

  July 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm by

Princess Hitachi of Japan, born Lady Hanako Tsugaru, celebrates her seventy-fifth birthday today, July 19. The Princess is the wife of Prince Masahito, only brother of Emperor Akihito. They married in September 1964, and Prince Masahito was given the title Prince Hitachi. Masahito and Hanako do not have any children. View image | gettyimages.com Princess Hitachi during a visit to England in July 2011 Alongside her husband, Princess Hitachi is one of … Continue reading

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Japan’s Crown Prince Couple Visits The Musee du Louvre Exhibition

  May 26, 2015 at 11:51 am by

Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan visited the exhibition Musée du Louvre: Peinture de Genre – Scènes de la vie Quotidienne which is being held at the The National Art Center. The exhibition has 83 art works which has been borrowed from the Musée du Louvre’s collection.

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Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko Attend A Memorial Service

  May 25, 2015 at 5:15 am by

Earlier today, Japanese Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko attended an annual memorial service at Tokyo’s Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery. During the service, the Prince and Princess prayed for the 2,498 unidentified soldiers who died during World War II. The ceremony was sponsored by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. View image | gettyimages.com Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko arrive for the memorial service, May 25.

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Visit Imperial Graveyard

  April 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm by

The Emperor and Empress of Japan today paid a visit to the Musashino Imperial Graveyard in Hachioji, Tokyo. Visiting the cemetery is a tradition following the Japanese Emperor’s return from an overseas trip. The cemetery is the final resting place of Emperor Akihito’s parents, Emperor Hirohito and Empress Kōjun, and his paternal grandparents, Emperor Taishō and Empress Teimei. After their visit to the graveyard, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Takao Mikoromo Hall … Continue reading

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Emperor and Empress of Japan Visit Palau

  April 9, 2015 at 10:39 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are currently in Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean and a former Japanese colony, to mark the upcoming anniversary of the Japanese surrender in World War Two. The purpose of the couple’s visit is to honour the Japanese and American soldiers who died during the Battle of Peleliu between September and November 1944. Almost 11,000 Japanese soldiers and almost 1,600 US soldiers were … Continue reading

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Princess Kako Begins At New University

  April 2, 2015 at 9:57 pm by

The younger daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko began her studies at the International Christian University today. Princess Kako posed for photographers during a brief photo session in the University’s grounds prior to attending the official welcoming ceremony for new students in Mikata, Tokyo. She has been enrolled to study liberal arts and sciences. The Princess previously spent fourteen month studying at the Gakushūin University, which she left in August last … Continue reading

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Final Day in Japan for Danish Crown Prince Couple

  March 28, 2015 at 6:49 pm by

The Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark have completed their three-day visit to Japan, attending a Greenlandic fashion show and meeting with the Japanese Imperial Couple. The day began with a visit to the Mode Gakuen fashion and design school, where the couple met with students who work sealskin into their designs. Mode Gakuen has worked with the companies Great Greenland and Kopenhagen Fur to introduce sealskin to Japanese designers. It was … Continue reading

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Imperial Family Hosts Indonesian President

  March 23, 2015 at 7:44 pm by

The President of Indonesia is currently on an official visit to Japan, where he and his wife were welcomed by the Imperial Family. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko greeted President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Widodo at the Imperial Palace earlier today. After an audience between the two couples, Empress Michiko led her guests into the Ninomaru Garden where they fed the carp fishes which live in the garden ponds. … Continue reading

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Emperor of Japan Receives Germany’s Chancellor Merkel

  March 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm by

Emperor Akihito today welcomed the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, to the Imperial Palace for an audience during her visit to Japan. During the meeting, which lasted 20 minutes, the pair spoke of their desire for conflicts around the world – namely in Ukraine – to end peacefully, and that the marking of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War would help create an “era free … Continue reading

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The Duke of Cambridge Meets with Japanese Emperor

  February 27, 2015 at 8:18 pm by

Continuing his visit to Japan, Prince William today met with members of the Imperial Family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. “Your Majesty, very nice to see you again. Thank you for having me,” the Duke said after bowing to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon his arrival for lunch. He then had an audience and tea with Crown Prince Naruhito. Prior to his meetings with the Imperial Family, the … Continue reading

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Crown Prince of Japan Turns 55

  February 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito today turns fifty-five, and several images of the Prince with his family have been released for the occasion. He is shown with his wife, Crown Princess Masako, and daughter, Princess Aiko, sitting on a cream couch in the room at the palace traditionally used for family photographs. The family’s dog sits calmly at the Prince’s feet. Along with the photos, Crown Prince Naruhito spoke of the need … Continue reading

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Princess Kako Visits Imperial Burial Ground

  January 15, 2015 at 11:32 pm by

Japan’s Princess Kako today paid her respects to her ancestors with a visit to the Musashi Imperial Graveyard in Hachiōji. The graveyard is the mausoleum complex which contains the final resting places of the Princess’s great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents: Emperor Hirohito and Empress Kōjun, and Emperor Taishō and Empress Teimei. Princess Kako, who turned twenty on December 29 and has thus begun undertaking official duties for the Imperial Family, wore a floor-length black overcoat … Continue reading

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