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Old 12-23-2017, 02:32 AM
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Here's another article from today:


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Old 12-25-2017, 01:11 PM
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On December 25th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko had lunch with Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand at the Imperial Palace.

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Ok my god! She needed two aides just to help with greeting and curtseying.. She is not in best of health for quite sometime I guess. Still it's great she continues high profile duties..
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According to Sankei Imperial Weekly #519, Princess Chulabhorn was visiting Japan in her role as advisory committee member of Tokyo University.
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Imperial couple may revisit symbolic places - News - NHK WORLD - English
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NHK has learned that Japan's Emperor and Empress may revisit places symbolic of World War Two and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami before the Emperor abdicates in April 2019.

Sources close to the Imperial family say Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko strongly hope to travel to those locations in 2018, to be close in thought to the war dead, the bereaved and survivors of the disaster.(..)
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Emperor Akihito held an investiture ceremony for the new Supreme Court judge at the Imperial Palace on January 9:


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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to skip sumo tournament after scandals | The Japan Times
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will not be attending sumo’s new year tournament as the ancient sport deals with a string of deep scandals, the palace told local media Thursday.

Imperial Household Agency Grand Steward Shinichiro Yamamoto said the Japan Sumo Association had cancelled a customary invitation, issued in October, for the couple to watch the tournament later this month, citing “recent situations.”(..)
The New Year sumo tournament opens on the 14th. I wonder if the scandals will fade enough in some months so the Imperial couple can attend the summer or autumn sumo tournaments.
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Emperor, empress to visit Okinawa in March to pay tribute to war dead - The Mainichi
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During the three-day trip from March 27, the imperial couple are expected to visit Japan's westernmost island of Yonaguni for the first time, in addition to Okinawa's main island.

The trip is being arranged as the imperial couple strongly desire to revisit Okinawa ahead of the 84-year-old emperor's planned abdication in April 2019, the source said.

It would be their 11th trip to Okinawa, including visits the couple made as crown prince and crown princess. They last visited the southern island prefecture in June 2014 in the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in 1945.

The emperor and empress have long felt sympathy for Okinawa, where around a quarter of local residents died in a three-month ground battle. The total death toll from the battle exceeded 200,000, including Americans.

[...] Resentment still runs deep over the continuing burden on the prefecture from hosting the bulk of U.S. military forces in Japan.

The source said the emperor and empress will fly to Okinawa's main island and visit the National War Dead Peace Mausoleum in the city of Itoman on March 27 to pay respects to the war dead.

After staying overnight in the prefectural capital Naha, they are expected to make a one-day trip to Yonaguni Island to visit a stone monument marking Japan's westernmost point and to fly back to Tokyo on the third day.

Complex emotions swirled among Okinawans after the war.

During the couple's first trip to the prefecture in July 1975, three years after the reversion to Japanese control, activists threw a firebomb when the couple visited the Himeyuri war memorial in the southern part of the Okinawa battlefield.

The then-crown prince issued a statement saying, "I deeply reflect on wounds of prefecture residents from the Battle of Okinawa."

After ascending to the throne in 1989, he visited Okinawa in April 1993 to attend a national tree-planting ceremony, becoming the first Japanese emperor to visit the prefecture.

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On January 13th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited "90 Years of Kinderbook" exhibition at Tokyo's Printing Museum in Bunkyo Ward. About 300 picture books and original drawings are on display.

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were out privately last week.
https://twitter.com/PS2y2/status/951744709013118976
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On January 15th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the New Year's concert of the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra at Suntory Hall in Minato, Tokyo. The concert commemorates the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence after WWI, featuring Paderewski's "Overture E-flat Major" for Orchestra, Chopin's "Piano Concerto No. 1", and Dvořák’s "Symphony No.9 in E minor" and B178 "From the New World." Piano Concerto No. 1 was played by Nikolay Khozyainov; he was a finalist at the Chopin International Piano Competition in 2010.

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On January 19th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko inspected Takanawa Imperial Residence in the morning. The couple will live at Takanawa residence for about a year and half following abdication. Then, they will move to Togu Palace which will be renamed Sento Palace.

When the Imperial couple will move to Takanawa residence is undecided although the IHA expects renovations, security, and privacy measures (there's a high-rise apartment complex in the vicinity) to be completed before abdication. Cost is estimated at 840 million Yen.

Photos: Asahi, Mainichi, Getty Images (updated)

ETA: Imperial couple check out home they will live in after abdication: The Asahi Shimbun
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Because numerous high-rise apartment buildings look down on the Takanawa Imperial Residence, there are concerns about the couple’s privacy.

For this reason, trees will likely be planted to shroud the couple from prying eyes.

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Thank you for posting the news, Prisma!

With or without planted trees, it is difficult to imagine Japanese paparazzi photographing the former emperor and empress in their residence.

What is the meaning of Togu and Sento, and what is the reason for the change of name?
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