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Old 02-02-2019, 03:17 PM
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Empress Michiko becomes honorary member of youth library in Munich - Kyodo News
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The Imperial Household Agency said Friday Empress Michiko has become an honorary member of the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany following a request from the library.

The agency said it decided to transmit the library's request to the empress in view of her long-standing involvement with children's literature. She accepted the request "with surprise and pleasure," it said.

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The empress will be the third honorary member of the library, following the late German author Erich Kaestner and the late Swedish author of children's literature Astrid Lindgren.
Full IHA press release at Empress Michiko to accept role as honorary member of Int'l Youth Library - The Mainichi
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:17 AM
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On February 5th, Emperor Akihito received German Chancellor Angela Merkel for about 20 minutes at the Imperial Palace. They discussed the upcoming abdication and environmental issues such as marine pollution.

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Old 02-17-2019, 04:29 AM
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Empress Michiko attends the Kazuko Ninomiya Clarinet Recital at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan on 16 February in Tokyo

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the calligraphy exhibition "Yan Zhenqing and his Legacy" in Tokyo yesterday, February 20:


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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit Kyoto and Nara Prefectures March 25-28. Tentative agenda:

3/25: tea party for some 250 guests at Kyoto Imperial Palace for the emperor's 30-year reign
3/26: report abdication at Emperor Jimmu's mausoleum in Kashihara, Nara
3/27: tea party with Kansai IHA staff for 30-year reign and 60th wedding anniversary

Sources: Asahi, Sankei

ETA: Thomas Remengesau Jr., President of Palau will visit Japan March 7-12. During his stay, he will have luncheon with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko and meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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Thanks for the update!
It is surreal to read about posts informing about Emperor Akihito's abdication procedures. One still wonders what prompted His Imperial Majesty to step down.
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Old 03-05-2019, 07:50 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a night court tea party to mark the Emperor's 30th enthronement and 60th wedding anniversary at the Imperial Palace today, March 5:


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Old 03-08-2019, 02:44 AM
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The IHA hosted the evening tea party on March 5th. About 650 IHA staff attended, including employees from the Imperial Stock Farm in Tochigi Prefecture. Emperor Akihito thanked them for their work and continued efforts for succession.

Source: Sankei Imperial Weekly #581

On March 8th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the special exhibition celebrating the emperor's 30-year reign and their 60th wedding anniversary, titled "Tracing 30 Years Through the Poems of Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress" at the Museum of the Imperial Collections.

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Tracing Their Majesties’ 30 Years Through the Poems of Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress, The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan
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This exhibition commemorates the 30th Anniversary of His Majesty’s Enthronement and the 60th wedding anniversary of Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress. The exhibition will introduce the Emperor’s poems, or Gyosei, and the Empress’s poems, or Miuta, composed for the Imperial New Year Poetry Reading Ceremony, or Utakai Hajime, since the enthronement. It will also show the photographs of scenes and events related to those Imperial Poems in an attempt to trace the course of the 30 years of Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress. [...]
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Old 03-09-2019, 05:47 AM
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On March 9th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a Kumi odori and Ryukyuan performance at the National Theater in Chiyoda, Tokyo. Both are traditional music and dance from Okinawa.

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met Tommy E. Remengesau, President of the Republic of Palau and his wife at the Imperial Palace today, March 11:


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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko viewed the exhibiton "Cultural exchanges of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress: Sharing the Beauty of Japan" featuring artworks connected to the Imperial Family at the National Museum of Tokyo today, March 13:


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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the Medical Achievement Award ceremony at the Imperial Palace today, March 14:


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Today, March 15, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko watched the Martial Arts Special Tournament to mark the Emperor's 30th Anniversary of the Enthronement:


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On March 18th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo to view an exhibition about the Emperor's research on creatures of the Imperial Palace. It's another event commemorating the Emperor's 30-year reign.

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Old 03-25-2019, 04:36 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are seen on departure for Kyoto and Tokyo Station on 25 March in Tokyo

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Later on the 25th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko hosted a tea party for guests from the Kansai region in celebration of the emperor's 30-year reign at Kyoto Imperial Palace. About 210 guests from 6 prefectures attended, including the governor of Hyōgo Prefecture and singer Fuyumi Sakamoto from Wakayama Prefecture.

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ETA: Imperial Couple hosts tea party in Kyoto to mark 30-year anniversary of enthronement - The Mainichi
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[...] The Imperial Couple asked the governors about the progress of restoration work following natural disasters, according to attendees. Hyogo Gov. Toshizo Ido told reporters that the Emperor said to him, "Good work on restoration work (following the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.)" The governor responded, "It was achieved thanks to Your Majesty's encouragement."

Fuyumi Sakamoto, a popular enka singer from Wakayama Prefecture, told reporters that she talked with the Empress about a famous NHK TV program that hosts amateur singers in a contest. Sakamoto said with tears in her eyes, "I was impressed to be told, 'Please sing good songs for the people.'" [...]
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Old 03-26-2019, 02:46 AM
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A beautiful elegant couple. The Japanese people so love and respect them it appears. It must be very hard to abdicate but he knows it is better to hand over the empire to the next generation.

Does anyone know what the headpiece the Empreess is wearing is called? I looked real close and it is a netting but does not to be a hair net. Remember back in the 40’s there was a netting the ladies wore to ‘capture’ the longer hair? I wonder if this is something like it. The Empress’s seems to shimmer. I also noticed she is wearing a hearing aid. It appears that a wire goes under the hair and net. Or am I seeing things? I noticed this in the first video provided by Prisma.

Thank you for the pictures and videos Prisma. I will miss seeing this elegant couple.
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:08 AM
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Yeah, there is something in Empress Michiko's hair... I don't know what it is. Thought it was a super thin headband and attached to the bun in the back?

On March 27th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko admired the cherry blossoms at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden in the morning. They stayed about 30 minutes and spoke to other visitors.

Photos: Asahi, Mainichi
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Maybe a hairnet?
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