These photographs are a little bit bad quality, and it is the too large character of the company name of a photo website. I think that it is hard to see these photographs for a character. Please overlook these photos' fault :flower:
Originally posted by jun5@Oct 7th, 2003 - 8:20 am The Empress who offers flowers in the bouquet of the narcissus which was in bloom in the garden of the Imperial Palace. This place is named "The street of the narcissus" now. The bouquet was sculptured in the plate and it is decorating at this passage.
you could see the pics of that bouquet's plate. please click the pics since you could see the large photograph.
At the Opening Ceremony of the Jubilee Congress to Commemorate
the 50th Anniversary of the
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
Sunday, 29 September, 2002
Basel, Swiss Confederation
the Extract from Address by Her Majesty the Empress of Japan
There is one poem I read while I was bringing up my children that I can never forget. The poet spoke to me from afar telling that a mother, though she may be uneasy and weak-hearted, should never let her shadow fall upon the newly born, for the future of the child holds enormous potentialities.
The poem begins like this:
On the cheeks
Of your innocent newly born,
Do not drop
Of your own despair.
Though now these cheeks
Are red and small,
Hardly more than damson-plums,
Who knows that someday
They would not flush and glow
In a battle
The Her Majesty the Empress Michiko who did a speech in English. The manuscript of this speech is published as a book. The book of the Japanese female poet whom the Empress introduced in the speech became a best seller in Japan. Her whole life was broadcast by the Japanese TV movie in this summer.
Many people of the prefecture met the Emperor and Empress who had Kagoshima visited for the first time after accession to the throne. The Emperor and Empress also waved the hand to them with smile. After that, The Emperor and the Empress inspected the Kagoshima aquarium on November 14, 2003.
The Emperor and the Empress who visit a nursing home for the aged specially, and encourage them. November 15, 2003
yahoo.com - Japan's Emperor Akihito waves to wellwishers as he makes an appearance at the Imperial Palace December 23, 2003. The monarch celebrated his 70th birthday on Tuesday. REUTERS/Issei Kato
On a personal note, my marriage to the Empress brought me profound happiness. I am grateful that in all situations the Empress has wholeheartedly supported me in my position and official duties and is an affectionate companion for me who calms my spirit. Our married life together now spans forty-five years and I am happy that in that time our children have grown up, and while carrying out our official duties, we have been able to spend a good daily life.
TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese Emperor Akihito, recovering from prostate cancer surgery, marked a milestone 70th birthday as he prayed for a future without war and economic woes.
Speaking with palace reporters and greeting throngs of well-wishers at the Imperial Place on Tuesday, he thanked his nation for caring about his health and said he regretted Japan's militarist past which resulted in the deaths of millions of people.
While Japan has risen from the ashes of war into a "peaceful democracy," there have been many "saddening events as well" in the past 70 years, he said in an interview with the palace press corps.
"The most tragic of these was the Second World War in which more than three million Japanese people lost their lives as did huge numbers of people in other countries," he said in the December 18 interview held for release on his birthday.
Akihito also vowed to carry on his duties with openness, in keeping with the symbolic role expected of the world's oldest royal dynasty after the status of the emperor was reduced from the demi-god of Shintoism after World War II.
"I consider that diligently performing my official duties is the best way for me to respond to the warm wishes that were sent to me by many people at the time of my illness," said Akihito, who underwent the surgery in January.
The new openness was due to his belief that "it is important that changes in my daily schedule and medical treatment be undertaken with the understanding of the people," the emperor said.
When his father fell victim to cancer the name of the disease was concealed until his death.
The emperor said that his 15 years on the Chrysanthemum throne, since the death of Emperor Hirohito, had been rather "peaceful" in comparison to the first 15 years of his father's reign.
"During that time, Japan was in an almost constant state of conflict with China," he said, referring to Imperial Japan's invasions of its populous neighbour and other parts of Asia.
Japan's relations with China as well as with South Korea (news - web sites) have soured on and off over historical perceptions.
Pilgrimages by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and his predecessors to Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine, which honours Japanese war dead including war leaders, have sparked protests around Asia.
The emperor said, "I believe that, fully understanding such past history, we must endeavor to strive for peace for the entire world and security for all people."
As he greeted well wishers -- who shouted "Banzai (long live)!" and waved red-and-white national flags on the palace grounds on Tuesday -- Akihito said: "With only a few days left to go, this year has seen a severe economic situation and unfavourable weather around the country."
The world's second biggest economy has remained slow to recover while an unusually cool summer has dampened consumer spending and spoiled farm production.
"I understand that people have faced various kinds of hardship in their daily life," Akihito said from a glassed-in balcony at the Chowa (lasting peace) hall. "I wish that the coming year will be a good year for you all."
The emperor, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and other members of the royal family greeted about 14,000 people in three appearances at the moated palace, which opens to the public only twice a year -- on the emperor's birthday and on January 2 for his New Year public address.
Crown Princess Masako was absent as she was recovering from shingles and fatigue attributed by imperial household aides to stress from official duties.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Emperor Akihito, who turned 70 Tuesday, said the saddest event he recalled in his life was World War II.
Japanese forces invaded and occupied much of China and other parts of Asia before and during World War II. Akihito's father, Hirohito, was monarch and revered as "living god" during that period.
"There have been many sad events in the past 70 years. The most sorrowful of all was that more than three million Japanese as well as many foreigners lost their lives in the war," Akihito said at a news conference ahead of his birthday.
Hirohito, who died in 1989, officially renounced his divine status in 1945 after Japan was defeated in World War II.
Akihito, whose remarks were released through Japanese media Tuesday, said Japan had gone through a difficult time characterized by "an almost constant state of conflict with China" during the 15 years to the war's end in 1945.
According to Chinese figures, Japanese troops massacred at least 300,000 civilians in 1937 during one invasion.
"I believe that, with a full understanding of our history, we must strive to bring peace to the whole world and security to all people," Kyodo news agency quoted the monarch as saying.