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Old 11-15-2018, 03:55 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit earthquake-hit Atsuma, Hokkaido on November 15th.

Imperial couple to visit Hokkaido quake-hit area - News - NHK WORLD - English
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Old 11-18-2018, 03:27 AM
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On November 18th, Empress Michiko attended Noh performance "Okinomiya" at the National Noh Theatre in Tokyo.

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ETA: "Okinomiya" is based on the late Michiko Ishimure's work; Ms. Ishimure died in February, age 90.
The empress and Ms. Ishimure were friends; an October 2013 letter from Ms. Ishimure to the Empress, triggered a meeting between the Imperial couple and a patient with Minamata disease. Another longtime friend, Fukumi Shimura, supervised the costumes for the Noh drama. [Asahi]
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Old 11-19-2018, 01:16 AM
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On November 19th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 34th International Prize for Biology award ceremony at the Japan Academy in Taito, Tokyo.

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Old 11-19-2018, 06:13 PM
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On November 19th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko released 15 special carp or "Hirenaga Nishikigoi" into a pond at the Imperial Palace East Gardens. The carp population has decreased and His Majesty wished to increase their numbers before abdication.

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Imperial couple release special carp at palace - News - NHK WORLD - English
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[…] The carp are a result of a crossbreeding experiment about 30 years ago, proposed by the Emperor, who is known for his scientific interest in fish. A Japanese nishikigoi was bred with a long-finned type from Indonesia.

[…] There were about 60 at one point but their number has declined to 19.

[…] The more recent carp are said to have more beautiful fins than the original crossbred fish.
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Old 11-19-2018, 06:20 PM
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The fins and tails of the new fish are beautiful, almost fringed or lacy-looking. I wonder if the Emperor will continue to take an interest in the breeding of the carp after he's retired? It would be nice if he had more time for long-standing interests like that.
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Old 11-20-2018, 03:54 AM
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I believe he will. There were reports the IHA planned for space for Emperor Akihito's research in the temporary residence in the abdication thread. The couple's eventual residence, Sento Palace (currently Togu Palace), should have plenty of room.

On November 20th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met Roch Marc Christian Kabore, President of Burkina Faso, and his wife, Mrs. Adjoavi Sika Kabore at the Imperial Palace for about 20 minutes. The President is paying an official visit to Japan from November 18-22.

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Old 11-22-2018, 02:05 PM
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King Abdullah II of Jordan will visit Japan November 25-28. He'll have lunch with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
Source: Nikkei

ETA: King departs on working visit to Japan | King Abdullah II Official Website
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His Majesty King Abdullah, accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, departed on Thursday on a working visit to Japan.

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In Japan, King Abdullah is scheduled to meet with Emperor Akihito and Crown Prince Naruhito, and to hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on bilateral ties and advancing political, economic and development cooperation, as well as current regional developments. [...]
Emperor Akihito to take part in last harvest festival before abdication - The Mainichi
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Niiname-sai is performed at the Shinkaden inside the Imperial Palace. There are two rites, "Yoi-no-gi" in the evening from 6 p.m. and another "Akatsuki-no-gi" later from 11 p.m. Each of the rites continues for about two hours without a heater. Only torchlight illuminates the cold and silent space.

The Emperor purifies himself by bathing and puts on a robe called "Gosaifuku" made of white silk. He then offers new crops along with other tributes to the ancestral and other gods. He eats some of the crops himself after reading aloud Shinto prayers to give thanks for the rich harvest and prays for peace for the nation. Crown Prince Naruhito waits near him.

Emperor Akihito continues to sit up straight with his legs folded under him for the entire ceremony, while following procedures passed down from previous emperors. The Emperor has taken part in the ritual for a shorter length of time since 2009 when he turned 75, and has attended only the evening rites from 2014. However, the shortened duration does not mean a considerable reduction in the burden of the Emperor, including time spent on preparations.

[...] The Emperor trains himself before the Niiname-sai by sitting in the same posture as he will during the rites, such as when watching television and when joining meetings. [...]

The rice offered at the ritual is a mix of crops grown by farmers from each prefecture and grains that the Emperor grew himself in a paddy field inside the Imperial Palace. Emperor Akihito usually arranges a face-to-face meeting and engages in conversation with the growers of the rice from various areas and did so in late October this year at the Imperial Palace. [...]

An 81-year-old man delivered about 1.5 kilograms of rice with his wife from the Kinki region in western Japan. Emperor Akihito is quoted as telling the man, "You must have had a hard time because of so many typhoons." The man said he was touched by the Emperor who "looked us in the eyes while he spoke to us."

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Old 11-26-2018, 03:55 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko received the King Abdullah and Queen Rania at Tokyo Imperial Palace

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko travelled to Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture today, November 27:


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After arrival, they visited Nemunoki Gakuen and its art museum in Kakegawa. They were escorted by founder and longtime friend Mariko Miyagi (age 91). It was the first school for children with disabilities in Japan and celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

The Imperial couple then travelled to Jorinji Temple in Fukuori City to view a monument for doctor Sakitaro Asaba who supported Vietnam's independence movement. They also visited Kondo Memorial Hall in Fukuori.

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ETA: On November 28th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Hamamatsu foreign resident study support center and Musical Instruments Museum in Hamamatsu before returning to Tokyo.

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Empress Michiko attended the El Sistema Festival Concert at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre on Saturday, December 1:


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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the Act Concerning Labor and Social Security Attorneys, Sharoushi Act, in Tokyo today, December 5:



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Old 12-05-2018, 01:49 PM
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Later on December 5th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended Deutsche Grammophon 120 Gala concert presented by Seiji Ozawa and Saito Kinen Orchestra at Suntory Hall. Their Majesties frequently attend concerts conducted by Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Ozawa (83) had surgery for aortic valve stenosis in the spring and reduced his performing schedule. [Jiji]

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On December 6th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Takinogawa Gakuen, a welfare facility for people with intellectual disabilities in Kunitachi, Tokyo. The visit is connected to Week of Persons with Disabilities. [Jiji]

Takinogawa Gakuen was established in 1891 as an orphanage and was the first institution for mentally disabled children in Japan. The Takinogawa Gakuen Social Welfare Corp. was founded in 1952 and provides a variety of services for individuals and families. [jstage.jst.go.jp, bloomberg]

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Old 12-07-2018, 01:38 AM
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On December 7th, Empress Michiko attended a memorial service at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo for fashion designer Jun Ashida who died in October, aged 88. He was Empress Michiko's exclusive designer for 10 years from 1966. He also designed a dress for Crown Princess Masako for her wedding.

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On December 11th, Emperor Akihito met President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana for about 20 minutes. Their discussion included Hideyo Noguchi, who studied yellow fever in Ghana and died there in 1928. The president mentioned naming a street after Noguchi in front of the Japanese embassy in Accra.

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On December 14th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a flamenco performance "Ay Sonezaki Shinju" at the New National Theatre in Shibuya, Tokyo. They were scheduled to see the production in Shizuoka Prefecture in April 2016 but the Kumamoto earthquake occurred and was canceled. [Jiji]

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