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Old 07-06-2014, 09:36 PM
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Some people felt that it was inappropriate to take an informal photo of the off-duty Emperor and Empress (they were on their way back to Tokyo). The Emperor and Empress do not appear too distressed by coming face to face with a teenage girl and her iPhone, so I don't think the photo itself is really the problem.

But to see the photo on Twitter did unsettle some conservative Japanese. One lady said that Imperial family members are not TV personalities. It is not polite to casually post photos on the Internet. It makes me uncomfortable. There seems to be a bit of tension between two views of the Emperor; that of the dignified symbol of the state, versus the informal, kindly grandfather.
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:11 AM
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I realize. In Japan people look at the Royal family differently.
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a cello concert of "The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic" at Suntroy Hall in Tokyo on July 6:




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On July 7 Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the Japan Academy Award ceremony in Tokyo.



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Old 07-17-2014, 01:56 AM
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Empress Michiko, wearing Ueda's clothes, attended the farewell service of late designer Itsuko Ueda in Tokyo on July 15, 2014 in Tokyo. Ueda had been the Empress' clothes designer for 36 years, he had died aged 85 on June 3.



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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko invited 90 athletes of the Sochi Olympics and Paralympics to a tea party at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on July 16, 2014.



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Imperial Couple Visit Miyagi | Royal Hats

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On their second day in Miyagi, July 23, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko toured shops in the Minami-Sanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village in Minamisanriku, Miyagi.


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And yesterday, July 24, they visited Kesennuma Fish Market in Kesennuma, Miyagi.


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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the final match of the national amateur baseball championships at Tokyo Dome on July 30, 2014.




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Yesterday, August 15, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the annual memorial service for war victims in Tokyo as the country marked the 69th anniversary of its surrender in World War II.



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On September 2 Emperor Akihito met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.



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The new cabinet attended an attestation ceremony by Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace on September 3, 2014.


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Empress Michiko attended the music concert 'Flavio Ferri Benedetti Ensemble Il Profondo' celebrating the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Japan in Tokyo on September 7:



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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited an apple orchard in the city of Kuroishi, Aomori Prefecture, today, September 25, as part of a two-day visit to inspect the reconstruction situation following the 2011 devastating quake and tsunami.



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Emperor Akihito delivered an opening address for the extra ordinary Diet session in Tokyo today, September 29, 2014.



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On October 12 Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the opening ceremony of the national athletic meeting in Isahaya, Nagasaki Prefecture.



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The Empress celebrates her 80th birthday today. The Imperial Household Agency released her "Press Conference" written answers.

Press Conference on the occasion of Her Majesty's Birthday

Also, some new photos and a video.
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Lovely new portraits, thanks for posting, Chubb Fuddler!

One day before her birthday, Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito attended a reception for an annual meeting of the International Bar Association in Tokyo.



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Old 10-21-2014, 02:49 AM
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Yes, the portraits are nice this year. Sometimes the ones taken inside the Imperial Palace, with its subdued tones and minimalist design, can appear a bit uninspired. But this year the splash of colour, and the perspective from the various horizontal lines, makes them very successful.
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Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito attended a lunchtime concert held to celebrate the Empress' birthday at the Imperial Palace garden today, October 21:


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