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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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Ship-ahoy! Princess Mako Enlightened on Research Ship

  May 20, 2016 at 5:52 am by

On 18th May, Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino visited the research vessel “Kaimei” (meaning “enlightened”) which is currently docked at the Ariake Pier in Tokyo harbour. The vessel belongs to the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, whose website states that the vessel is the most advanced of its type in the world with technology allowing researchers to look into the origins of mineral and ore deposits as … Continue reading

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Bhutan’s Queen Mother Meets Japan’s Crown Prince

  May 19, 2016 at 7:11 pm by

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of diplomatic ties between Bhutan and Japan, Queen Mother Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck of Bhutan and Princess Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck paid a visit to Crown Prince Naruhito in Tokyo today before visiting an exhibition being held with the theme being about happiness in Bhutan. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on 28th March 1986 and a year later, Crown Prince Naruhito paid a visit … Continue reading

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Emperor and Empress Visit Earthquake Survivors

  May 19, 2016 at 5:11 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have arrived in Kumamoto to offer support and comfort to some of the people affected by the recent earthquake that struck parts of southern Japan. After arriving at Kumamoto Airport, the Imperial couple visited the villages of Minamiaso and Mashiko, just two of dozens of rural places in the area that were affected by the disaster. It was just over a month ago when a … Continue reading

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Busy May Days for the Emperor and Empress!

  May 19, 2016 at 8:28 am by

Last week, it was reported by Japanese news organisation, Mainichi, that the number of meetings and audiences attended by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace would start to be reduced throughout the next year or so and that some of them will instead be carried out by Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. Even so, Their Imperial Majesties have had a busy May so far with … Continue reading

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Imperial Visit Continues in Florence!

  May 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm by

Their Imperial Highnesses, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan continued their official visit to Italy yesterday when they visited the city of Florence. Famed for its exquisite architecture, museums and art galleries, it is thought to be the birthplace of the Renaissance. Florence is also renowned as place for the restoration of ancient and rare art and artefacts – in Italy itself and from around the world. And so … Continue reading

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Princess Kiko Delights at the Library!

  May 14, 2016 at 3:02 pm by

During yesterday’s busy but clearly enjoyable visit to Bologna, Her Imperial Highness Princess Kiko made a solo visit to the Library of Sala Borsa (Biblioteca Salaborsa) at the Palazzo d’Accursio. Wearing a beautiful, floral patterned suit in tones of cream and beige with matching accessories, the elegant princess appeared delighted to meet with a group of avid book readers inside…whilst outside an excited group of well-wishers had the greatest luck … Continue reading

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Music and Culture in Italy for the Imperial Visitors!

  May 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm by

Yesterday, Their Imperial Highnesses, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan continued their visit to Italy in connection with the 150th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Italy with a round of cultural engagements when they visited the city of Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The visit started at the International Museum and Library of Music at Palazzo Sanguinity, where the Prince and Princess were greeted by the … Continue reading

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A Visit from Japan to Italy…and The Vatican!

  May 12, 2016 at 11:21 am by

Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan are currently on a week-long official visit to Italy to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Japan and Italy. The Imperial couple set off from Haneda airport on Tuesday and, upon their arrival the next day, were greeted by the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the Palazzo Chigi. For the occasion, Princess Kiko wore … Continue reading

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On This Day: The Ōtsu Incident

  May 11, 2016 at 3:26 am by

On this day 125 years ago in 1891 a failed assassination attempt was made on Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich of Russia -the future Tsar Nicholas II- during his visit to Japan. The Russian heir was invited to Japan to improve the relations between Japan and Russia which were under pressure as Russia’s militairy presence in the far East was growing rapidly. During the visit the Tsarevich tried to charm his hosts: … Continue reading

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A Delicate Task for Empress Michiko

  May 2, 2016 at 5:34 pm by

Her Majesty Empress Michiko of Japan started the annual rearing of silkworms today at the Momijiyama Imperial Cocoonery within the Imperial Palace grounds, by placing silkworm eggs onto the branches of oak trees.  This delicate task forms part of one of the traditions incumbent upon the Empress to carry out. It started back in 1871 by the consort of Emperor Meiji, Empress Dowager Shoken before being passed down to Empress … Continue reading

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Japan’s Imperial Family Host Spring Garden Party

  April 27, 2016 at 9:52 am by

Members of the Japanese Imperial Family today hosted their annual spring garden party at the Akasaka Palace attended by hundreds of guests from Japanese society. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko led all the adult members of the family as they mingled with guests throughout the afternoon. In traditional form, the Imperial ladies all donned suits in neutral and pastel shades of cream, greens and blues. Only Princess Tsuguko went a different way, … Continue reading

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Shinto Rites Honour Japan’s First Emperor

  April 4, 2016 at 5:46 am by

Their Imperial Majesties, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko spent the weekend in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture in Japan to take part in official ceremonies to commemorate the 2,600th anniversary of the death of Emperor Jimmu.  The ceremonies formed part of the annual Shinto rites that Emperor Akihito and the Imperial family is obliged to perform and through which ancestors are honoured and worshipped. Emperor Jimmu’s life is shrouded in myth and … Continue reading

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A Concert at the Imperial Palace!

  March 30, 2016 at 3:51 pm by

Members of the Imperial Family of Japan were out in force today to attend an annual Spring-time concert in the Music Hall of the Imperial Palace to watch graduates from five music colleges play.  Her Majesty Empress Michiko was joined by Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, together with Their Imperial Highnesses, Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko and their two eldest children, Princesses Mako and Kako. Other … Continue reading

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Charity Concert Attended by Imperial Guests

  March 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan attended a charity concert in support of the reconstruction of areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which struck Japan five years ago. The concert took place at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in the district of Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, where their Imperial Majesties watched performances by students from the Fukushima Prefectural Asaka High School, Koryiyama City, together with pianist … Continue reading

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Emperor and Empress Remember 2011 Earthquake Victims

  March 12, 2016 at 5:33 am by

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko yesterday attended a memorial service in Tokyo to remember the thousands of people who lost their lives in the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, on the fifth anniversary of the disaster. A minute’s silence was observed at the moment – 2:46pm – that the earthquake hit in the Pacific Ocean, east of the Tōhoku region. “Many of the people affected by the disaster are … Continue reading

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