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Crown Prince Naruhito Opens Winter Games

  February 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm by

The 2017 Asian Winter Games have been officially opened in a ceremony attended by His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito. The event took place in the Sapporo Dome stadium in the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido – a place well known for it’s winter sports having hosted the Winter Olympics back in 1972. The city of Obihiro will co-host the 64 sporting events taking place over the next week before the … Continue reading

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Princess Mako Assists In Davis Cup Tennis Draw For Japan-France Clash

  February 2, 2017 at 9:24 am by

Japan’s Princess Mako of Akishino was present at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo today for the official drawing ceremony of this weekend’s Davis Cup clash between Japan and France. The Princess assisted German ITF supervisor Soeren Friemel in drawing tennis balls to assign the tennis matches that will be played February 3 to 5 as part of the first round of the 2017 David Cup World Group. 16 countries will be playing … Continue reading

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A Rest for the Emperor After Mild Fever

  January 30, 2017 at 4:44 am by

Emperor Akihito of Japan was unable to attend a ritual ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo this morning due to a mild fever. The Imperial Household Agency confirmed that His Imperial Majesty was given a flu shot at the weekend as a measure to prevent pneumonia. However, due to the nature of the inoculation, it may have caused his temperature to rise. The Agency added that there were no … Continue reading

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Japan’s Emperor and Empress To Visit Vietnam and Thailand

  January 20, 2017 at 6:32 am by

The Emperor and Empress of Japan will be making their first official visit to Vietnam at the end of February, the Japanese Government has announced today. It is expected they will meet with top members of Vietnam’s Government, including President Trần Đại Quang, during the five-day visit, as well visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. On March 5, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will stop in Thailand before returning to Japan the … Continue reading

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Imperial Family Attends New Year’s Lectures

  January 11, 2017 at 9:24 pm by

Emperor Akihito has led members of the Imperial Family during the annual Kosho Hajime no Gi (New Year’s Lectures) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo today. Attending were the Empress, Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Prince and Princess Hitachi. The family listened to three lectures from professors of the University of Tokyo and the Waseda University, on the topics of French literature, political science and … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Engagement of Princess Sayako

  December 30, 2016 at 7:00 am by

December 30, 2004: The year 2004 ended on a high note for the Japanese Imperial Family, as the engagement of Princess Sayako – the only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko – was announced. The Princess and her new fiancé, Yoshiki Kuroda, met with the press in Tokyo following the official announcement by the Imperial Household Agency. The couple had known each other since childhood – Yoshiki is a friend … Continue reading

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The Royal Year 2016: Top Ten Moments

  December 29, 2016 at 8:00 am by

2016 has come and gone in what seems to be the blink of an eye! Before we welcome 2017 this weekend, let’s take a quick look at our picks for the top 10 moments of the royal 2016… 10. Beatrice Borromeo steals the show at the 2016 Rose Ball The newest member of the Grimaldi-Casiraghi family, Beatrice Borromeo – wife of Pierre Casiraghi – was the stand-out at this year’s Bal de la … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito Celebrates 83rd Birthday With Record-Breaking Crowd

  December 23, 2016 at 5:29 am by

Japanese Emperor Akihito today celebrates his 83rd birthday, and as is customary, appeared on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo with other members of the Imperial Family to greet well-wishers. 33,000 people crowded into the Palace area to catch a glimpse of the monarch, beating the previous most-attended event in 2009 to mark the Emperor’s 20th anniversary on the throne (just over 30,000 people attended that event). Appearing … Continue reading

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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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