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Victorious Princess Aiko

  October 18, 2009 at 6:15 pm by

Although she is better known for her love for gardening and pottery, Princess Aiko proved to be a promising sportswomen-in-making yesterday, after helping her team win a relay race. As the last member of her team crossed the finish line well ahead of the others, Aiko and the other members of her team run into the field to celebrate their victory. Aiko was a key factor in the victory: she … Continue reading

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Emperor & Empress at 50th Anniversary of Japanese Ex-Pat Convention

  October 16, 2009 at 6:42 pm by

On October 14, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a gathering in Tokyo to mark the 50th anniversary of a convention for Japanese people living abroad. Some 200 people of Japanese descent from 20 counties attended the assembly. The Emperor stressed the importance of immigrants for helping other countries understand Japan better. He reminded that the history of Japanese emigration had started 141 years ago, when the first Japanese immigrants … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito takes his grandson for a little sea excursion

  September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko invited Princess Kiko and little Prince Hisahito to join them for a little sea excursion near the Imperial Villa in the town of Hayama, south of Tokyo. The Imperial Family took a small boat they rowed themselves for the excursion; the boat had been used by Emperor Showa for his research of sea creatures. After they returned, the family proudly watched as 3-years-old Prince Hisahito … Continue reading

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Prince Hisahito celebrates his 3rd birthday

  September 7, 2009 at 8:42 am by

Prince Hisahito, the third child and only son of Prince and Princess Akishino, turned three on September 6th. Hisahito is the first male child born to the Imperial Family in 41 years and currently holds third place in line to the Japanese Throne, after his uncle and father. Prince Hisahito has 2 older sisters, 17 years old Princess Mako and 14 years old Princess Kako. Pictures released on occasion of … Continue reading

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The Japanese Imperial Couple’s Three Day Visit to the Hawaiian Islands

  July 16, 2009 at 4:10 am by

It’s been fifteen years since Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Hawaiian Islands, and like their last visit the Imperial couple were greeted with much fanfare. Arriving at Hickam Air Force Base, the Emperor and Empress were officially welcomed by Gov. Linda Lingle, along with other local notables, who presented the couple with a traditional leis which were entwined with delicate local flowers and Maile leaves. Minutes later the … Continue reading

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Japanese Imperial Couple in British Columbia

  July 15, 2009 at 12:05 am by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko spent three and half eventful days in British Columbia, Canada. Upon arriving in Richmond, the Emperor and Empress were escorted by Premier Gordon Campbell on a tour of the Olympic Oval built for the 2010 Winter Games. They were greeted by other dignitaries, athletes, and a few hundred well wishers. Outside the Olympic Oval, the royal couple watched a performance of “Field of Spirit” by … Continue reading

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Japanese State Visit to Canada – Now in Toronto

  July 11, 2009 at 12:24 pm by

The Emperor and Empress of Japan have moved their state visit to Canada to the city of Toronto. They visited a hospital in the morning, before meeting with Lt.-Gov. David Onley at the his residence and then with Premier Dalton McGuinty at the Ontario Legislature. They visited the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre on Thursday evening and a seniors’ home on Friday morning before leaving for British Columbia where they may … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko’s State Visit to Canada

  July 8, 2009 at 3:52 am by

The Imperial Couple landed in Ottawa on Friday afternoon to kick off their 12-day state visit that will also take them to Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria. The last time Akihito visited Canada, he was a 19-year-old Crown Prince on his way to attend the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. Although this visit is to commemorate the 80th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries, it is also … Continue reading

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Commemorative Coins for Emperor’s Enthronement Anniversary

  July 8, 2009 at 12:45 am by

The Japanese Finance Ministry announced on Friday that it will be issuing a set of commemorative coins to mark the 20th anniversary of the enthronement of Emperor Akihito in November next year. The coins are expected to be available later this year. A total of 100,000 solid-gold ¥10,000 (about $100) coins and 10 million nickel-brass ¥500 (about $5) coins will be issued. The gold coin will be just over an … Continue reading

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Will Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako Go to Copenhagen?

  June 22, 2009 at 11:12 am by

In its presentation on Wednesday, Tokyo’s 2016 Olympic bid committee has promised to “leave the Olympic Movement with an incredible legacy to inspire future cities.” For that purpose, Tokyo is reportedly planning the most comprehensive youth program outreach ever: a national educational program has been created, in order to promote the values of the Olympic movement for schools, a measure which no candidate city has ever taken before. But this … Continue reading

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Japan’s Prince and Princess Hitachi Visit Okinawa (Bolivia)

  June 20, 2009 at 1:08 pm by

Following their visit to Peru, Japan’s Prince and Princess Hitachi have continued their Latin American tour by travelling to Bolivia. After arriving in the Bolivian capital La Paz on Monday night, the royal couple headed to the rural district of Colonia Okinawa on Tuesday where they had lunch with Japanese migrants and their descendants. Colonia Okinawa is a prosperous agricultural centre that was founded by Japanese immigrants. The area was … Continue reading

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Japan’s Emperor and Empress Plan Their Visit to Canada and Hawaii

  June 18, 2009 at 1:26 pm by

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, will leave Tokyo on July 3 in order to pay an official visit to Canada and the US state of Hawaii that will last until July 17. The visit is meant to promote goodwill and friendship between Japan and Canada, the United States and Hawaii and will mark 80 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada. Diplomatic relations between Japan and … Continue reading

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Japanese Royals Attend Japanese Emigration Anniversary in Peru and Bolivia

  June 16, 2009 at 12:25 pm by

On the occasion of the 110th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Peru as well as the 20th anniversary of the Peruvian immigration to Japan, Japan’s Prince Hitachi, along with his wife Hanako, left on Friday for an official visit to Peru. The following day, the couple met with Peru’s Justice Minister Rosario Fernandez and other government and municipal authorities in front of the Japanese Immigration Centennial Monument, where the names … Continue reading

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Archeologists Discover Tomb of Legendary Japanese Queen Himiko

  June 15, 2009 at 12:35 pm by

According to a report in the Asahi Shimbun, a team of archaeologists have examined artifacts from near Hashihaka, a 280-meter key-hole shaped burial mound, and have discovered evidence that the ancient tomb may belong to Himiko or, in Chinese: Pimiko, the legendary third-century shaman queen of the Yamatai kingdom in Japan. Using radiocarbon dating, the researchers found out that clay fragments from the rim of the mound were made between … Continue reading

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Photo of Princess Kako leaked onto Internet

  June 11, 2009 at 11:41 am by

A former classmate of Princess Kako at Gakushuin Primary School apparently posted an unauthorized photograph of the princess in a diary on the member-based social networking site Mixi. In the following days, the photo was leaked over the Internet. Fourteen-year-old Princess Kako is the second daughter of Prince Akishino, the younger son of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, and his wife, Princess Kiko. According to the source, the photo showed Princess Kako … Continue reading

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Fighting for a Dream to Come True – 16th Wedding Anniversary of Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako of Japan

  June 9, 2009 at 12:07 am by

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan met his future bride Masako Owada first on October 18, 1986. A party had been arranged to celebrate the visit of Princess Elena of Spain; but it was also a way of enabling the heir to the throne to meet a selection of forty eligible young women, among them Masako. The prince was immediately smitten: Masako, a charming, attractive and intelligent Harvard-graduate, had only recently … Continue reading

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Princess Kiko of Japan Elegantly Combines Western and Traditional Styles During Danube Visit

  June 7, 2009 at 10:21 am by

Last month, Prince Akishino of Japan, and his wife Princess Kiko enjoyed a two-week visit to central and eastern Europe in honor of the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan, Austria and Hungary. The prince and princess also traveled to Bulgaria and Romania, in honor of the 50 years of diplomacy between these two nations and Japan. The elegant 42 year-old princess was the very image … Continue reading

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Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako To Represent Tokyo Olympic Bid Campaign?

  June 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm by

Tokyo’s Olympic bid committee will be soliciting help from Japan’s imperial royal family for its bid campaign that was launched last month by Prime Minister Taro Aso. The final decision about the Olympic host 2016 will be taken by the International Olympic Committee on October 2nd. Tokyo’s committee will make a formal request through the government for Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako to present the city’s bid on … Continue reading

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Prince and Princess Akishino Returning Home from their European Tour

  May 26, 2009 at 11:01 am by

On Saturday, Prince and Princess Akishino arrived back home from their tour to the Danube countries – Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. In Romania, the fourth and last leg of their journey, the couple paid a courtesy visit to President Basescu on Wednesday and met with Chairman of the Romanian Senate Mircea Geoana and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Roberta Anastase. On the programme of the four-day visit were … Continue reading

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Prince and Princess Akishino on Goodwill Tour

  May 20, 2009 at 12:45 pm by

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko are presently on a two-week goodwill tour of Europe that began in Austria and took them in the following to Bulgaria and Hungary. The fourth and last leg of their journey is going to be Romania. The visits are taking place in order to celebrate the 140th year of Japanese diplomatic ties with Austria and Hungary and the 50th year since Tokyo resumed formal relations … Continue reading

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