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Japan’s Royal Ladies Attend Red Cross Annual Meeting

  May 25, 2017 at 11:09 am by

Empress Michiko was joined by several ladies from the Imperial Family for the annual National Red Cross Convention in Tokyo earlier today. The Empress, as Honorary President of the Japanese Red Cross Society, was tasked with delivering medal and certificates to individuals and organisations in recognition of their contribution to the Red Cross. This year marks the 140th anniversary of the Japanese Red Cross Society, so there were three extra … Continue reading

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Princess Mako’s First Official Duty Post-Engagement Confirmation

  May 22, 2017 at 6:04 am by

Japan’s Princess Mako today made her first official public appearance since last week’s announcement that she is engaged to be married to her long-time boyfriend. The Princess joined her parents, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo. The royal grouping viewed a special exhibition entitled ‘Treasures of the Natural World – Best of London’s Natural History Museum’ that consists of 180 pieces … Continue reading

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Japanese Government Approves Bill To Allow Emperor’s Abdication

  May 19, 2017 at 5:25 pm by

The Japanese Cabinet on Friday approved a bill that will allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate the throne. It will now be submitted to a full sitting of Parliament for final approval, which is is likely to receive as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a majority. Emperor Akihito made his desire to abdicate public last August. Once the bill – which is specifically written to allow only the current Emperor to … Continue reading

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Reports: Engagement Forthcoming For Princess Mako

  May 16, 2017 at 10:10 am by

The Japanese media is reporting today that Princess Mako, the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and eldest grandchild of the Emperor of Japan, is set to announce her engagement to a fellow student from her alma mater, the International Christian University. NHK, the Japanese public broadcaster, was first to publish the news today. The Japan Times is reporting the news was confirmed by the Imperial Household Agency. Kei Komuro is named … Continue reading

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Princess Aiko Joins Parents At Wheelchair Basketball Championship

  May 5, 2017 at 7:51 pm by

Japan’s Princess Aiko accompanied her parents, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, to the 45th Japanese Wheelchair Basketball Championships at a gymnasium in Shibuya Ward. The royal trio watched from the stand during the matches before going into the training rooms to speak with the players and coaches. Princess Aiko appeared very interested in the sport, asking the players about their training and the reasons why they chose basketball as a … Continue reading

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A Princess England-Bound: Princess Kako To Study In Leeds

  April 26, 2017 at 7:19 am by

The Imperial Household Agency has announced that Princess Kako, younger daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, will be heading to England in the northern fall for a year’s exchange at the University of Leeds. Princess Kako is currently studying at Tokyo’s International Christian University; her studies in Leeds will be credited towards her degree at ICU. The 22-year-old Princess began her university education at the Gakushuin University, before making the decision … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Victoria in Japan, Day Two

  April 19, 2017 at 10:04 am by

The Swedish Crown Princess has continued her working visit to Japan focusing on the sustainability of the world’s oceans today, April 19. Victoria began her day with a visit to a store from the AEON retail chain, which sells both produce and homewares. The purpose behind the store visit was to learn about their sustainability practices in regards to the seafood they sell – the company is aiming to have … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Victoria Begins Japanese Visit With Imperial Audience

  April 18, 2017 at 8:58 am by

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria has started a working visit to Japan today, in her role as an advocate of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. She spent time at the Tokyo Imperial Palace this afternoon having lunch and a private audience with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Over the next few days, Victoria will have a number of engagements related to sustainable fishing practices. The Crown Princess looked stunning in the … Continue reading

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Japan’s Crown Prince On Visit To Malaysia

  April 14, 2017 at 2:12 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito is currently on a five-day official visit to Malaysia, on behalf of the Japanese government to celebrate sixty years of bilateral relations. On Friday April 14, the Prince visited the Tugu Negara (National Monument) in Kuala Lumpur and laid a wreath in honour of Malaysia’s fallen soldiers. He also gave a speech during a special lecture at the Universiti Malaya on the relationship between the two countries, and how … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: An Afghan-Japanese State Visit

  April 14, 2017 at 3:00 am by

April 14, 1969: The monarchs of Japan and Afghanistan pose for a photo at the Tokyo Imperial Palace during the Afghan King’s state visit. Left to right are Emperor Hirohito of Japan, Queen Humaira and King Mohammed Zahir Shah of Afghanistan, and Empress Nagako of Japan.

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Princess Aiko Begins High School Education

  April 8, 2017 at 6:27 am by

The rain couldn’t take the smile of 15-year-old Princess Aiko of Japan’s face this morning as she arrived at Gakushuin Girls’ Senior High School where she will undertake her secondary education. Joined by her parents, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, the Princess was attending the entrance ceremony for the 200 students who will begin at the school next week. “I want to lead a fulfilling high school life with … Continue reading

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Sayōnara Japan! King Felipe and Queen Letizia Finish State Visit

  April 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm by

On the final day of their state visit to Japan, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain travelled on a Shinkansen with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to the city of Shizuoka. Here they visited the Shizuoka Prefecture Earthquake Disaster Prevention Centre to see technologies that are being used to improve the detection and response to earthquakes. The monarchs were shown the Seismic Effects Experimentation Area, witnessing a demonstration of a chair mechanised … Continue reading

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Spanish Monarchs Begin State Visit to Japan

  April 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm by

The King and Queen of Spain officially began their state visit to Japan on Wednesday, with a traditional welcoming at the Tokyo Imperial Palace by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were also present at the welcoming. In the afternoon, King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited the National Museum of Science and Innovation to see projects that have been … Continue reading

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia Arrive In Japan Ahead Of State Visit

  April 4, 2017 at 7:47 am by

Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia arrived in Japan on the afternoon of April 4 ahead of their state visit to the country. Their plane landed at Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) where they were welcomed by a number of officials, and a small crowd of fans. The couple will spend the next three days in Japan, upon the invitation of Emperor Akihito. King Felipe and Queen Letizia’s visit will focus … Continue reading

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Japan’s Princess Aiko Completes Her Junior High School Education

  March 22, 2017 at 7:16 am by

Princess Aiko of Japan today graduated from junior high school in a ceremony at the Gakushuin Girls’ Junior High School in Tokyo. Attending the ceremony were her proud parents, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. The 15-year-old Princess briefly spoke to reporters upon her arrival, saying that she had “enjoyed the past three years because I was fortunate to have good teachers and friends” at the school. Aiko’s essay for … Continue reading

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Empress Michiko Comes Down With Shingles Following Vietnam Tour

  March 18, 2017 at 12:15 am by

The Imperial Household Agency confirmed on Thursday that Empress Michiko is suffering from shingles, caused by fatigue following her weeklong tour to Vietnam and Thailand earlier this month. The Empress has shingles on the “upper part of her belly” the IHA said, with the assurance she is on a round of medication to treat the illness. While the Empress was originally not expected to cancel any duties because of the … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Pay Their Respects To Late Thai King

  March 5, 2017 at 7:52 pm by

After completing their official visit to Vietnam, the Emperor and Empress of Japan have paid a short visit to Thailand, to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko laid a wreath of flowers at the late King’s altar in the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Sunday, before signing the official condolence book. The late King and the Japanese … Continue reading

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Emperor and Empress of Japan On Visit To Vietnam

  March 2, 2017 at 8:03 am by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan began their official visit to Vietnam – the first of a Japanese monarch – this week, with a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi attended by President Trần Đại Quang on Wednesday. The purpose of the visit is to promote goodwill between Japan and Vietnam. The Imperial Couple also laid a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the memorial monument to the first President … Continue reading

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Palace Profile: Tokyo Imperial Palace

  February 26, 2017 at 6:00 am by

Moat and bridge on the grounds of the Imperial Palace Location: Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan Built: 1888 (original), 1968 (current) Built By: Takenaka Corporation (current) Commissioned By: Emperor Meiji of Japan (original), Emperor Hirohito of Japan/State of Japan (current) Style: Traditional Japanese/Modernist On The Palace Grounds: Chōwaden Reception Hall, Imperial Household Agency Headquarters, Fukiage Garden, Tōkagakudō Music Hall Current Owner: The State of Japan Current Use: Official residence of T.I.M. The Emperor and Empress of Japan Fun Fact: The Palace complex … Continue reading

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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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