Thanks for the article and picures, Madyy.
I especially love the ones from Hello, so great to see the Emperor and Empress chatting and playing with the kids.
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from kunaicho website
Above May 8, 2006.
#1: April 28, 2006.-Emperor Akihito visited Mitaka Kohki Co.,Ltd. in Tokyo.
#2-3: Emperor Akihito presented the spring decorations at Imperial Palace on May 9, 2006. The Emperor then spoke to the recipients and their spouse
#4: May 10, 2006. -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.
May 15, 2006.
In this photo released by Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Empress Michiko binds an oak twig up with a strip of Japanese paper pasted with silkworm eggs during the annual event called "yama tsuke" at the sericulture center in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Monday, May 15, 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.
#1: Mainichi news
In this photo released by Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Emperor Akihito plants rice seedlings in a paddy field in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday, May 16, 2006. Grown rice will be harvested by the emperor to be presented during the annual thanksgiving imperial rites at the palace in November.
Polfoto 16-05-2006 In this photo released by Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Emperor Akihito plants rice seedlings in a paddy field in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday, May 16, 2006. Grown rice will be harvested by the emperor to be presented during the annual thanksgiving imperial rites at the palace in November
Dismay over Cup omission
.............On Tuesday, Zico and four top stars were given the first-ever palace sendoff for a soccer team as they were received by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.................... http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.a...003412,00.html
The imperial couple (Emperor and Empress) invited to the Imperial palace on May 16, 2006 coach Zico, Saburo Kawabuchi, president of the Japan Football Association, and four players on Japan's squad for the World Cup.
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and Mrs. Annan meet with His Majesty Emperor Akihito and Her Majesty Michiko the Empress of Japan Thursday May 18, 2006 at the Imperial Palace. Annan on Thursday called for a cooling of the rhetoric in the standoff over Iran's nuclear program, saying he hoped current Security Council discussions would give new momentum toward a solution. Annan's comments, in an advance text of a speech at Japan's prestigious Tokyo University
In this photo released by Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Empress Michiko, left, picks silkworms to put them onto beds, shown rear center, to make cocoons with the help of sericulture center chief Yoshisuke Sato during the annual sericultural work called 'Jozoku' in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Wednesday, May 24, 2006. As part of the Japanese tradition of sericulture the empress symbolically raises silkworms and some of the silk will be used to reproduce old textile material of historical value preserved by the palace
Photo released by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan shows Emperor Akihito greeting Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo 23 May 2006. Badawi is on a weeklong visit to Japan.
A child reading a translation of children's book written by the Empress, the child at the left is reading a children's book written by Princess Hisako of Takamado
from JIJI press
GSDF begins handout of picture books in Iraq
A Ground Self-Defense Force unit in Iraq has begun delivering 24,000 picture books, including works by Imperial family members, to schools in Samawah............"Hajimete no Yamanobori" is based on a story told by Sayako Kuroda when she was 6 years old to her mother, the Empress, about a mountain climbing expedition the family took in 1975. In the story, a girl succeeds in climbing a mountain, encouraged by the thought that an unseen serow goat was watching over her............... http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national...14TDY02001.htm
Many thanks, mandyy, for the latest updates :) - especially on the book distributed by the Japan Foundation in Iraq. I wish we could get a copy of it! Nevertheless, it was a very nice gesture from the Imperial Family and a very good project by the Japan Foundation. Hope our little Iraqi brothers and sisters get inspired by it - and that their lives can have a bit more happiness from it.
Kindness is the magic elixir of love - The Practice of Kindness