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Old 05-29-2006, 05:36 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko hosted a tea party for Turin Winter para olyimpic athletes at the Imperial Palace on May 29, 2006.

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In this photo released by Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Empress Michiko, left, collects cocoons from silkworm beds for the first time this year with the help of sericulture center chief Yoshisuke Sato during the annual sericultural work called 'Hatsu Mayukaki, ' or the first cocoon picking, in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday, May 30, 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.
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She looks very elegant.
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Empress Michiko has cold, cold sores; no change in Asia trip next week

............Ichiro Kanazawa, medical supervisor of the Imperial Household, said Empress Michiko became ill around Wednesday and reported symptoms including fever and sores around her mouth................
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060602/kyodo/d8hvqlb00.html

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Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito visited Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako's tomb on May 31, 2006 prior to their East Asian visit to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

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Kunaicho have updated with some new photos
Below from May 26, 2006 meeting officals from Philippines


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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko hosted a tea party for Turin Winter para olyimpic athletes at the Imperial Palace on May 29, 2006.
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Old 06-14-2006, 02:11 AM
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Welsh officials felt banquet was too coarse for Akihito
Officials feared they had embarrassed the then Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko by subjecting them to a rather unrefined medieval banquet during their trip to Britain in June 1976, according to files released to Kyodo News under freedom of information laws.

In a review of the visit sent to the British Embassy in Tokyo from the Far Eastern Department in London, officials said that while the couple was impressed with the entertainment at Cardiff Castle in Wales, "they found it rather strange to have to eat with their fingers, with bibs round their necks, and to drink sweat mead while the compere made occasionally risky allusions." The "friendly and informal" evening of folk dancing and singing was held in the cellars of the castle and was hosted by Foreign Office Minister and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Lord Goronwy-Roberts......................
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060613/kyodo/d8i7e35o0.html
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Thank you, Mandy for this useful info. It seems that Michiko and Akihito are a very active Imperial coouple.

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Japan's Aso backs off call for emperor shrine visit
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso backed away on Tuesday from a remark that it would be appropriate for the emperor to visit a Tokyo war shrine, saying he was not calling for a visit at this time, Kyodo news agency reported................
http://www.tiscali.co.uk/news/newswi...rinevisit.html
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Dominican Republic President Fernandez to visit Japan in July
............Fernandez, who is to visit at Japan's invitation, will also meet with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko and House of Representatives Speaker Yohei Kono, exchange opinions with lawmakers and business executives, and give a speech at an investment promotion seminar for the Caribbean island, the ministry said............................
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060627/kyodo/d8igaj4o0.html

Visit to Japan by His Excellency Dr. Leonel Fernandez, President of the Dominican Republic
..........During his stay in Japan, President Fernandez will make a State Call on Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress, and will meet with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Mr. Yohei Kono, the Speaker of the House of Representatives.............
http://www.mofa.go.jp/announce/event/2006/6/0627-3.html
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Kunaicho website have been updated with some new photos.
#1: June 23, 2006.
#2-3: June 26. 2006.
#2: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko today in Tokyo presenting The Japan Art Academy award.
#3: Emperor Akihito (2nd from L front) and Empress Michiko (L) look at paintings that won awards from the Japan Art Academy at the academy hall in Tokyo's Ueno district on June 26.
#4-5: June 28, 2006.
#6: June 29, 2006. Emperor and Empress attending an event participated by Imperial Palace police.




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The Emperor and Empress today on July 3, 2006.
#1 from Mainichi news
#2: Sankei news
#3-4: Kyodo via Newcom
#3: Empress Michiko waves to the audiences while attending a charity concert in Tokyo on July 3. (Pool photo) (Kyodo)
posted Jul/3/2006
#4: Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko speak to Kyoto University Professor Shu Narumiya during an award ceremony for Japan Academy Prizes in Tokyo.
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This handout photo released 04 July 2006 shows the president of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernandez, and his wife, Margarita Cedeno, speak with Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during their audience at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Fernandez is on a four-day visit to Japan as part of his 14-day tour that includes the US, Taiwan and South Korea.

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Emperor Akihito, Afghan president discuss recovery of Afghanistan
................The emperor was quoted as telling Karzai that Afghanistan "may continue to experience hardship but I hope the president will overcome it and Afghanistan's nation-building will advance smoothly."......................
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060706/kyodo/d8imctfg0.html

Japanese Emperor Akihito welcomes Afghan President Hamid Karzai upon his arrival at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, 06 July 2006. Karzai is here on a four-day visit to attend the second Tokyo Conference on Consolidation of Peace in Afghanistan.

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This combo photo shows exterior and interior of a new limousine "Century Royal" displayed outside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, 07 July 2006. Toyota Motor Corporation delivered 07 July a six-meter-long, two-meter-wide limousine equipped with five-liter engine, for Japanese emperor, empress and state guests at a price of 52.5 million yen (456,500 USD).

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Incredible limo.
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Kunaicho have updated their website with some new photos
#1: June 30,2006.
#2: July 3, 06.
#3: July 5, 06.


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Royal Toyota: Automaker Delivers $500K Limo for Imperial Family
........................Rumored to produce more than 350 horsepower, the Century Royal's V12 benefits from the latest fuel-efficient, cleaner-emissions technology. It is also said to be considerably lighter than the outgoing Nissan Prince Royal, but still employs state-of-the-art high-tech security measures, bulletproofing and run-flat tires. It also incorporates environmentally friendly materials inside including a shoji screen-like paper ceiling, a polished granite side step for easy entry and large rear windows so the public can catch longer glimpses of the imperial couple........................For those who noticed the number plate, that's right, this car is the only road-going limo in Japan that does not require a number plate. Instead, the extra-special limo is adorned with a gold-plated chrysanthemum badge, which just happens to be the official crest of the imperial family.
http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do...cleId=116077#5

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What faith are the Emperor and Empress?
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The Emperor is a Shinto priest. Sort of goes with the job.
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Shinto? Oooh. Now, I'm an ignoramus when it comes to Asian religions so is Shintoism anything to do with Buddhism?
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