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Old 04-30-2012, 04:42 PM
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Emperor, empress to visit disaster-hit Sendai in May

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on May 12-13 to speak with disaster victims in temporary housing, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday.

During their first trip to a disaster-hit area in the prefecture since April last year, the imperial couple will also attend the opening ceremony and reception of an international conference on chemistry, after visiting the temporary housing on the second day.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:35 PM
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Emperor plays tennis for first time since surgery

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Emperor Akihito played tennis with Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace on April 30, the first time the Emperor has played the sport since having coronary artery bypass surgery in February. The last time the two played tennis at the Imperial Palace was in June 2011.

At some time past 10:30 a.m., the Emperor arrived at the tennis court in a car he drove himself. After he and the Empress did warm-up stretching, they formed a pair and played two games against employees of the Imperial Household Agency. There were several times that rallies continued, and applause from employees when the Emperor and Empress hit the ball into the opponents' court. After their games, the Emperor and Empress watched matches between Imperial Household Agency employees, and at around 11:30 a.m. they returned home. [...]
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Ollanta Humala, the president of Peru, will visit Japan on May 8-10 and is scheduled to also meet with the emperor. (Source)
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:19 AM
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Japan royals to mark Queen Elizabeth II's anniversary
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Japan's emperor and empress will visit Britain for the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's 60th year on the throne. [...] They will leave Japan on May 16 and return on May 20th.

Emperor, empress to visit Britain from May 16

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On May 18, the couple will attend a luncheon hosted by the queen at Windsor Castle near London and a banquet hosted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, according to the Imperial Household Agency. Heads of state from different countries have been invited, the agency said.

While in Britain, the couple will also meet with those who endeavored to support the victims of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan and with representatives of Japanese nationals living in Britain, the agency said.

Japan's royal couple to visit Britain in first trip overseas since 2009

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will attend a series of events while visiting the UK to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s ascension to the throne. [...]

The five-day visit, endorsed today by the Japanese cabinet, marks the first occasion the Imperial couple have travelled on an official overseas trip since 2009 when they visited Hawaii and Canada. [...] The Japanese Imperial couple will be joined by a number of state heads during their visit to the UK to celebrate the passing of six decades since the Queen came to the throne in 1952. A string of events are scheduled to mark the occasion of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, culminating in a long weekend of concerts, festivals and pageants across the country in early June.
Emperor, empress could be buried on same premises: imperial agency
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko could be buried in separate mounds on the same premises, the Imperial Household Agency's deputy chief said Monday [...] Building mounds for each on the same premises "could be thought of as one" among multiple options, Vice Grand Steward Noriyuki Kazaoka said at a news conference. But he added the empress, who was a commoner before marrying into the dynastic family, appears to have reservations about being buried in the same manner as the emperor.

The agency intends to consider laying them to rest together in a wide sense of the meaning, while taking her feelings into account, Kazaoka said. It is customary to bury an emperor and empress in separate grounds after their death. But in the case of Emperor Hirohito, the current emperor's father and posthumously known as Emperor Showa, his burial ground and that of his wife Empress Nagako, posthumously known as Empress Kojun, lie side by side.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:59 PM
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It is welcome news. I am looking forward to seeing photos of the visit.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:54 AM
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Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia were welcomed by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko today at the Imperial Palace where the imperial couple hosted a luncheon for them. The crown prince attended.
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(Peruvian President Ollanta Humala speaks with Japanese Empress Michiko while Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito speaks with an unidentified Peruvian delegate)
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:00 AM
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Emperor's U.K. visit bolsters international good will
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The tour will be the 16th foreign visit by the Emperor since he ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne, and the 39th including visits he made as Crown Prince. It will also be his eighth visit to Britain. "What stands out is the continuity of their visits to foreign states," an official of the Imperial Household Agency said, noting that it is "impossible" for countries with elected presidents to be represented for such a long time by the same person.

It is not unusual for people in countries the Emperor has visited since his accession, including Portugal and Brazil, to still remember his earlier visits when he was Crown Prince, according to a former official of the agency who accompanied the Imperial Couple to over 10 countries.

Emperor hopes to convey gratitude to Britons during upcoming trip


Emperor's thoughts ahead of visit to the United Kingdom
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The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was held soon after World War II, in June 1953, the year after the Treaty of Peace with Japan went into effect. At that time, being 19 years old, I attended the ceremony representing Emperor Showa, and taking that opportunity, visited quite a few countries in Europe and North America, a trip during which I learned and experienced so much.

Coming from a country devastated by war, it pained me to observe the affluent lifestyles of the people in those countries, which was in such contrast with the situation then in Japan where people were still suffering from poverty. This left a deep impression on my mind.

I had been told that anti-Japanese feelings were quite strong in the United Kingdom in those days, and, in fact, there was a certain part of the country where my visit was not accepted. However, thanks to the efforts of many people, including Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, British people who were friends of Japan for years, and members of the Japanese Embassy in London, I personally did not encounter the situation in which such sentiments were manifested openly. For that I am grateful to the considerations of the people then concerned. [...]

I am told that the only foreign representative who attended the Coronation then and who is again attending this commemorative event, as I am, is His Majesty Albert II, the King of the Belgians. At that time, His Majesty was an 18-year old representing King Baudouin, and I was 19 years old. We two were among the youngest of those attending the Coronation.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:48 AM
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Emperor, empress visit Sendai
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture on Saturday to show their support for the recovery effort in the tsunami-hit region. The emperor asked prefectural government officials about measures to evacuate elderly people and whether schools conduct anti-disaster drills.
Emperor, Empress Console Disaster-Affected Residents In Sendai
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Sunday visited Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, and consoled people affected by the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster who are still living in temporary housing.
Imperial couple encourage tsunami-affected people
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko walked through the Sendai City complex on Sunday to talk to residents one by one. Nearly 400 people live there. The Emperor told an 87-year-old woman who lost her son and daughter in the tsunami to take good care of herself. The Empress asked an 85-year-old woman about her life, acknowledging her strength to endure the hardships.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:08 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko toured the Kyoto Japanese Garden, in Holland Park West London, Thursday May 17, 2012. The royal couple are in Britain to attend part of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
- The Emperor and Empress touring the Kyoto Garden (a rather sweet picture)
- The Emperor and Empress in the Gardens
- The Emperor and Empress
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I must say, the Kyoto Garden looks really beautiful and the Imperial couple appears to enjoy the stroll.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:37 AM
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How wonderful that the Emperor and Empress have been able to come over for this special occasion. I have no doubt that the Queen is very touched that they chose to make the journey.

Artemisia, I agree the Kyoto garden looks beautiful.
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko toured the Kyoto Japanese Garden, in Holland Park West London, Thursday May 17, 2012. The royal couple are in Britain to attend part of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
- The Emperor and Empress touring the Kyoto Garden (a rather sweet picture)
- The Emperor and Empress in the Gardens
- The Emperor and Empress
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I must say, the Kyoto Garden looks really beautiful and the Imperial couple appears to enjoy the stroll.
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How wonderful that the Emperor and Empress have been able to come over for this special occasion. I have no doubt that the Queen is very touched that they chose to make the journey.

Artemisia, I agree the Kyoto garden looks beautiful.
I agree, it is a lovely gesture for the Japanese royal couple to make the journey.

The Kyoto Garden in HP is indeed a lovely, peaceful and much loved garden. We visit it often.
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I agree with you, EIIR and muriel. Given the Emperor's recent health issues, it would have been more than understandable if the Imperial couple chose to stay behind. That they decided to attend the celebrations shows respect for the queen - and I'm sure Her Majesty appreciates it.

On another note, this picture of the Empress is really beautiful; she looks frail, yet at the same time dignified.
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It us a very great honour to have the Emperor and Empress visit the Queen. I think the photos above are enchanting.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:23 AM
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Love the pictures from the garden. They look as if they are having a great time just being tourists. And what a tribute to the Queen that this couple is attending, I was betting that they would not, because of his recent surgery. So, so glad to see them.
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Emperor, empress leave for Queen Elizabeth's jubilee celebrations

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Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko departed Wednesday for a five-day visit to Britain to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee, their first overseas trip since 2009 when they visited Canada and Hawaii.

"I am very happy to have an opportunity to express my congratulations to Her Majesty, who is still well performing her duty as the queen," said the emperor at Haneda airport in Tokyo, where he was sent off by Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, as well as Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko, and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
Imperial Couple leave for British queen's jubilee

Emperor, empress arrive in London to celebrate Queen's diamond jubilee

Book depicts Emperor's 1953 trip

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The book "Taikan Kiko" ("Coronation Journal") was based on a diary kept by Shigekuni Kikkawa, then master of ceremonies at the Imperial Household Agency, who accompanied the Crown Prince. Kikkawa sent his writings as personal letters to his home in Tokyo every week or so. His wife provided copies of the letters to Emperor Hirohito, the Emperor's father, posthumously called Emperor Showa, his brother, Prince Takamatsu, and other Imperial family members. [...]

The Japanese Embassy in London described the Crown Prince's visit, at a time when sentiment toward Japan was at a low because of the war, as "opening a door for fostering friendly relations with Britain," Kikkawa said.
I would not have thought either that they would attend, simply because I was afraid that the emperor would be physically unable to endure the stress of a trip abroad. But I am not amazed that he would have preferred to go instead of resting at home when given a choice. Maybe he had been the first to fear that he would never make another trip from home. At least, this is what comes to mind when you take a look at his beaming face: 1, 2
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I agree, it is a lovely gesture for the Japanese royal couple to make the journey.

The Kyoto Garden in HP is indeed a lovely, peaceful and much loved garden. We visit it often.
I love Holland Park, but I am always amazed when I think that until the early 50s it was a private park, really the backgarden of Holland House ,owned by the Earls if Ilchester, that was destroyed in the war. My parents told me about going to parties there before the war and of course when I was a child I played in the park.
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There is something magnificently regal about this couple -- no need for them to be decked in extravagant clothing or jewelry to reveal that innate spark. Lovely, and here's to their long lives and good health.
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Yes, and there's also something bittersweet about these pictures. The Imperial couple are elderly now and frail, and they walk arm-in-arm smiling in this beautiful garden. They seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves, and yet the specter of the Emperor's ill health is hovering.
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a reception at Japanese embassy in central London, Thursday, May 17, 2012.
- The Imperial couple
- The Empress
- The Emperor

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Emperor, empress convey gratitude to Britons for help after tsunami

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko chatted with about 100 people, many of them British, at a reception at the Japanese Embassy in London on Thursday, thanking them for their contribution to rescue efforts and donation drives after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The emperor, who is in Britain for the 60th anniversary celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, told the gathering that he was deeply moved by the relief efforts undertaken by British people.

''It was truly heartening that so many people in this country not only expressed their profound sympathy for the victims of the calamity but also promptly organized a wide range of valuable relief activities to help those in need,'' he said in English. [...]

Roy Wilsher, a firefighter who led British rescuers in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, in the immediate aftermath of the natural disasters, said the emperor thanked him at the event for helping Japan rebuild itself quickly.
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The emperor and empress attended a luncheon hosted by the queen at Windsor Castle.
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