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Old 05-10-2016, 02:14 PM
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Old 05-10-2016, 02:48 PM
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I suppose there are some things that only the Emperor can do, for example in terms of the Shinto religion and other official things. However, it's good that the Crown Prince couple will be able to take more on to give them experience for the future. I only hope that CP Masako will continue to improve and will be able to take on more duties as time goes on.
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Old 05-11-2016, 03:27 AM
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Mainichi reports 8 types of meetings/audiences were reduced for the Emperor and Empress. The Crown Prince and Princess will take over another 4 types of meetings.

The Emperor and Empress are scheduled to visit earthquake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture on May 19th.
Source: Mainichi

On May 10th, the Emperor conferred orders/medals at the Imperial Palace.
Source: Sankei

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Old 05-12-2016, 02:12 AM
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On May 11th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Seiki Kuroda exhibition.

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Old 05-15-2016, 08:27 PM
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On 12th May, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of International Karuizawa Tennis Tournament took place in Tokyo.
https://imperialfamilyjapan.wordpres...is-tournament/

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On 13th May, HM Emperor Akihito met with HH Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait at Imperial Residence.
https://imperialfamilyjapan.wordpres...ter-of-kuwait/

Also on May 13th, the Emperor and Empress attended a performance by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra which is on its 21st tour in Japan.

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Old 05-19-2016, 12:49 AM
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On May 17th, Empress Michiko attended a Beethoven concert at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall where pianist Martha Argerich played.

Source and a photo: Sankei

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On 18th May, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko met with HE Mr John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana and the First Lady at Imperial Residence.
https://imperialfamilyjapan.wordpres...dent-of-ghana/

Later, the Emperor and Empress departed for Kumamoto Prefecture from Haneda airport. Video:


Arrival at Kumamoto Prefecture:


Meeting earthquake victims at an elementary school-turned-shelter on May 19th:


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Old 05-19-2016, 11:19 AM
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Thanks a lot for the many updates, Prisma!!

Here's a gallery of the visit to Kumamoto Prefecture:


** gettyimages gallery: JPN: Emperor And Empress Visit Kumamoto To Encourage Evacuees **
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Old 05-21-2016, 01:26 AM
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You're very welcome!
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Old 05-26-2016, 01:25 AM
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On 24th May, HM Empress Michiko fed mulberry leaves to silkworms at the cocoonery inside Imperial Palace.
Empress raises silkworms in order to obtain raw silk as the tradition.
https://imperialfamilyjapan.wordpres...sericulture-6/

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On 24th May, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko met with The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and his wife at Imperial Residence.
https://imperialfamilyjapan.wordpres...ter-of-canada/

On May 25th, Emperor Akihito planted 100 rice seedlings at the Imperial Palace. ANN News video:
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Old 05-30-2016, 02:10 AM
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On May 27th, Empress Michiko visited Nemunoki Children's School Art Exhibition held at Tokyo Ginza Gallery Museum. The Nemunoki school was established in 1968 as the first nursing home for disabled children. Actress/director Mariko Miyagi is the president and guided Empress Michiko through the exhibit.

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Empress Michiko's sericulture work continues. On May 30th, the Empress transferred silkworms to a straw grid to begin the cocoon spinning process.

Photo at Sankei

ANN News video:
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How very interesting! Big fat caterpillars, they would need a delicate touch to transfer them to their new abode. Her Majesty does so very competently.
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Old 05-31-2016, 04:23 AM
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Thanks for all your posts, Prisma! And finally a member who seems to be very interested in the Imperial Family. We used to have the member ChiaraC who was very interested, but she doesn't post here anymore.
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:42 AM
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On May 31st, the Emperor and Empress visited the "Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum" at Koganei Park in Tokyo. It was a nostalgic visit for the Emperor. He spent three and a half years at a temporary building in the park because an air raid destroyed the Crown Prince residence in WWII. A monument now marks the building's position.

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Old 06-03-2016, 11:33 PM
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On June 3rd, Empress Michiko harvested silkworm cocoons.
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ANN News video:
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:16 PM
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On June 4th, the Emperor and Empress traveled to Nagano Prefecture for the 67th National Tree Planting Festival (which is June 5th, I think…)
Their program also includes:
  • Tatsuyuki Memorial Takano in Nakano City on June 4
  • University International Science and Innovation Center in Nagano on June 5
  • Afan Forest in Shinano on June 6
Photos at: Mainichi, Asahi

ANN news video of Tatsuyuki Memorial Takano:
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Old 06-05-2016, 03:30 PM
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On June 5th, the Emperor and Empress attended the 67th National Tree Planting ceremony in Nagano.
Photos at Asahi and another video at NHK

They also met with 5 earthquake victims from Sakaemura, a village hit by the 2011 earthquake. The group spoke for about 30 minutes and the village head reported the village’s restoration is almost complete.
Photos at Asahi

ANN News video of the tree planting and meeting with earthquake victims.

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On June 6th, the Emperor and Empress visited C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland and was guided by the Welsh-Japanese writer, actor, and environmentalist. The woodland was established in 1986.

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