Emperor, empress arrive in Nagano village
Aug. 29 MINAMIMAKI VILLAGE, Japan
Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and their daughter Princess Sayako (L) are greeted by children on arrival in Minamimaki Village in Nagano Prefecture, to spend their holidays on Aug. 29. (Kyodo) http://home.kyodo.co.jp/modules/fstP...p?photoid=8081
Emperor, empress release birds in Tochigi Pref.
Sep. 2 NASU, Japan
Emperor Akihito (2nd from R) and Empress Michiko (2nd from L) release a pheasant and a copper pheasant in an annual event at their villa in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, on Sept. 2. (from Kyodo news) http://home.kyodo.co.jp/modules/fstP...p?photoid=8158
1-2: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave at well-wishers upon arriving in Kyoto on Aug. 20, kicking off a four-day tour in the Kansai region in western Japan packed with events including celebrations for the empress and a medical conference.
#3-4: At the opening ceremony of an international conference on psychosomatic medicine in Kobe on Aug. 21.
#5-6: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit a processing machine-producing company in Yao, Osaka Prefecture, on Aug. 22.
#7-8: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko look at an exhibit during their visit to an exhibition of China's Tang Dynasty art at Tokyo National Museum on Aug. 24.
The Emperor, Empress and Princess Sayako visited the JAMSTEC office at the Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences on Sept 9, 2005. #1: JIJI press #2: Mainichi News #3: ANN news #4: Newscom- Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, accompanied by their daughter Princess Sayako, look at the control panel of a deep-sea drilling vessel of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science & Technology berthed at Daikoku Pier of Yokohama port on Sept. 9.
#5-7: Associated Press #5:Emperor Akihito, second from right, accompanied by Empress Michiko, second from left, and Princess Sayako, listens to Kazuo Ichiyama, captain of Chikyu, the world's most advanced scientific drilling vessel, during the Japanese imperial family's inspection tour of the newly launched exploration ship anchored at a port in Yokohama, west of Tokyo, Friday, Sept. 9, 2005. The 57,100 ton, 210-meter (689-foot) long Chikyu, meaning the earth, operated by Japan's Center for Deep Earth Exploration (CDEX), can drill as deep as 7,000 meters below the seabed at about 2,500 meter water depth, tripling the previous record depth, to study the earth by using the Riser drilling system which has achieved success in oceanic oil drilling. #6:Emperor Akihito, left, accompanied by Empress Michiko, second from left, and Princess Sayako, right, walks on a deck as Kazuo Ichiyama, captain of Chikyu, the world's most advanced scientific drilling vessel, waits for the Japanese imperial family's arrival during their inspection tour of the newly launched exploration ship anchored in Yokohama, west of Tokyo, Friday, Sept. 9, 2005.
#1: In this handout photo released by the Imperial Household Agency, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (front R) receives a certificate from EmperorAkihito (L) during an attestation ceremony of his premiership at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo September 21, 2005. A special session of Japan's parliament re-elected Koizumi as Prime Minister on WednesdayPhoto from Reuters
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited a nursing home in Tokyo on Sept 22, 2005.
#1: Mainichi news
#2: (Newscom) Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit a nursing home in Tokyo's Nakano Ward on Sept. 22. (Pool photo)(Kyodo)
#3-4: Kunaicho website
Emperor Akihito uses a sickle to reap rice grown at a paddy field in the compound of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Monday, Sept. 26, 2005. Some of the harvest will be offered to the Ise Grand Shrine in central Japan in the annual imperial harvest ritual