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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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Flowers Delight the Princesses!

  February 29, 2016 at 5:40 am by

This weekend, Their Imperial Highness Princess Kiko of Akishino and her eldest daughter Princess Mako of Akishino attended the annual Japan Flower Design Award for 2016, which took place in the city of Kyoto, the former Imperial capital of Japan. The princesses both looked serene and elegant in cream-coloured suits,  each wearing a simple pearl necklace and a diamond brooch.     Japan is renowned for its unusual and interesting floral displays, most … Continue reading

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Imperial Tea Party – with champagne!

  February 27, 2016 at 5:33 am by

Last week, Their Imperial Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan hosted tea party to thank all those who contributed to the success of their recent visit to the Philippines and started everything off with a congratulatory champagne toast. The event, held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, was formal yet relaxed, with the guests smartly dressed and chatting happily with the Imperial couple. Empress Michiko, was as serene and elegant as ever wearing … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Crown Prince Naruhito!

  February 23, 2016 at 10:24 am by

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan celebrates his 56th birthday today and marked the occasion with a customary press conference, together with the release of a new video showing the heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne chatting happily with his wife, Crown Princess Masako and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Princess Aiko. In the press conference, the Crown Prince expressed his hopes that the the people still affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami living … Continue reading

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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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