Cameroon: Emperor Akihito Grants Audience To Presidential Couple
Warmth and solemnity were perceptible at the Imperial Palace in Japan
Tuesday morning by 11:30a.m. in Tokyo (3:30a.m.in Yaounde) as President Paul Biya and wife Chantal Biya appeared with their entourage to honour the invitation of Emperor Akihito and wife Michiko. Both leaders and their wives immediately moved into the inner court of the Imperial Palace where they held close door discussions for 30 minutes before being joined by the rest of their delegations for breakfast..................By 1:50p.m. in Tokyo (5:40 Yaounde), the Emperor and wife said goodbye to their guests. A long atmosphere of calm, dignity and sense of majestic royalty enveloped the air as scores of officials and security officers present stood in deaf silence watching at the two families gently shake hands and exchange goodwill messages.................... http://allafrica.com/stories/200604190538.html
Japan Prize in science given to Japan's Endo, Britain's Houghton
.....................Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 22nd presentation ceremony held at Tokyo's National Theatre.
The Japan Prize was first awarded in 1985 to honor scientists and researchers from all over the world who have made contributions to advance science and technology and to peace and prosperity of mankind, according to the foundation. http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060420/kyodo/d8h3opn82.html
Emperor Akihito (2nd from R) and Empress Michiko (far left) attend a Japan Prize award ceremony at the National Theater in Tokyo on April 20 where John Houghton, former director of Britain's Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research and Akira Endo, researcher at Biopharm of Japan Corp.,
Emperor Akihito has fever, postpones some official duties
Japanese Emperor Akihito has postponed some official duties as he had a 37-degree fever on Tuesday morning, the Imperial Household Agency said............... http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060425/kyodo/d8h6qna00.html
Shizuka Arakawa, WBC Japan team among spring honors recipients
Turin Olympic figure skating gold medalist Shizuka Arakawa and Japan's World Baseball Classic team are among 776 individuals and nine organizations the Japanese government will honor this spring for their contributions to the nation........................Arakawa, 24, the first female figure skater from Asia to win the Olympic title, and the WBC team are among the 26 recipients of the Medal with Purple Ribbon, given in recognition of their contribution to sports, arts or academia..................... http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060427/kyodo/d8h8iba80.html
Emperor Akihito will later present these spring decorations at the Imperial Palace.
April 28, 2006.
Emperor Akihito today visited Mitaka Kohki Co.,Ltd. in Tokyo.
Mitaka Kohki Co. is the maker of Astronomical telescopes, Space observation devices, Industrial equipments and Medical equipments.
Photos from Kunaicho website
#1: April 20, 2006.
#2: April 23, 2006.
#1: April 20, 2006.
#2-4: April 21, 2006.
#3-4: Ceremony of the Presentation of Credentials
A newly appointed foreign ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary presents his/her credentials to His Majesty the Emperor. The Minister for Foreign Affairs or another Minister of State must be present.
A horse-drawn carriage or automobile owned by the Imperial Household may be provided to the Ambassador and his/her party for transportation to and from the Imperial Palace according to the Ambassador's wishes.
#3: Ambassador of Spain
Below is a photo from Backyard Builder Annex of the carriage carrying the Ambassador of Spain
#4: Ambassador of Ethiopia
#5: April 24, 2006.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit a nursery school in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on May 8, 2006. The imperial couple visit facilities for children every year around May 5, Children's Day, a national holiday in Japan.
#1: Sankei web
#2: NHK news
#3: JIJI press
#4: FNN news
#5: Nikkei net
Article from HELLO
Japan's Emperor Akihito has always been attentive to his country's future, so it was no surprise to see him taking a keen interest in some of the nation's younger citizens on Monday afternoon..............Empress Michiko, his wife of 47 years, sat at his side as he waved playfully to the youngsters and chatted with those who came over to investigate their VIP guests. One little girl even invited the head-of-state to join in their fun by presenting him with one of her toys..................... http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty...mperorakihito/
In this photo released by Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Empress Michiko feeds mulberry leaves to silkworms with the help of sericulture center chief Yoshisuke Sato at the facility in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Wednesday, May 10, 2006. Michiko symbolically raises silkworms as part of the Japanese tradition and some of the silk produced in the palace is used for a revival of old textile material of historical value kept by the imperial family at Shosoin Repository in Nara, western Japan.
Empress Michiko's poems published in France
...........................The poems were translated into French by Tadao Takemoto, a professor emeritus at the University of Tsukuba and scholar on the late French novelist Andre Malraux.
The collection will have an initial print run of 1,000. On Wednesday, a ceremony commemorating the publication was held at the official residence of the Japanese ambassador in Paris. Takemoto, the translator who currently lives in the French capital, said at the ceremony, "I was touched by the requiem Empress Michiko read upon visiting a battle site and wanted to convey it to the French people." http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060511/kyodo/d8hhavco0.html