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Old 03-27-2019, 06:20 AM
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The Empress's hair appears to be gently back-combed to give some height towards the back of the top of the head and then tightly held at the nape of the neck using two hair grips just behind each ear.

Her hats seem to be held in place by a thin hairband and indeed maybe a thin hairband is used when not wearing a hat to keep the hairstyle neat.


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Gettyimages also has some photos of the visit to Kyoto Gyoen National Garden:



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This user got great photos of the Imperial couple at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.
https://twitter.com/chacha_nene_jp/s...51463700340736

Some JP tweets of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko departing for Tokyo on the morning of March 28. They will be Emperor Emeritus and Empress Emerita the next time they come to Kyoto to worship / report the abdication at the mausoleums of Emperor Meiji and Emperor Komei. [Mainichi]

https://twitter.com/hamu_4207/status...15139992834048
https://twitter.com/marianne_DQ10/st...94485654495232
https://twitter.com/nokalagi/status/1111091606495465472
https://twitter.com/kaayapistols/sta...90866473459712
https://twitter.com/tamucco/status/1111112768407523329
https://twitter.com/toukodou/status/1111094464980746242
https://twitter.com/1905mobydick/sta...99630400360451

On March 27th, the Kansai IHA staff hosted a tea party for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to celebrate the emperor's 30-year reign and 60th wedding anniversary at Kyoto Imperial Palace in the evening.

Yomiuri gallery and included in Getty gallery above
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:58 AM
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The Imperial couple at Kyoto Station today, March 28:


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** dailymail: A fond farewell! Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave goodbye to Kyoto at the end of a four-day trip..**
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On March 29th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Japanese Red Cross Society headquarters in Minato, Tokyo to see the exhibition "Heisei's Disasters and the Red Cross." The exhibit is another commemorative event for the emperor's 30-year reign and features photos, materials, and equipment used in JRCS activities' during the era.

Photos: Asahi, Mainichi, AP Images
https://www.jiji.com/news/photos/pho...0031021597.jpg
https://www.jiji.com/news/photos/pho...0031021609.jpg
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Old 03-31-2019, 03:26 PM
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1 month until Emperor's abdication - News - NHK WORLD - English
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From April 17, the Emperor and Empress Michiko will visit Mie Prefecture for three days. The Imperial couple will attend a ceremony preceding the abdication at Ise Shrine, where imperial ancestors are enshrined.

It will be their last regional visit as Emperor and Empress.

[...]

On the 26th, the Emperor and Empress will attend an award ceremony of the MIDORI Academic Prize, as the last official duty as Emperor and Empress outside the Imperial Palace.

[...]
On March 31st, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko had dinner at the home of their daughter Sayako and son-in-law Yoshiki Kuroda. They arrived at the Kurodas' apartment complex in Toshima Ward, Tokyo around 6pm and stayed about two and a half hours.

Photos: NHK, headlines.yahoo.co.jp, Getty Images
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Emperor Akihito cancels ritual attendance due to cough - Kyodo News+
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Emperor Akihito canceled his attendance at rituals and other events scheduled for Wednesday after developing a cough the previous night, the Imperial Household Agency said.

The agency said the move was a precautionary measure. The rituals are unrelated to a series of ceremonies [for abdication...]

[...]

He was also scheduled in the afternoon to greet volunteers who clean the Imperial Palace, but Empress Michiko will attend the event alone and convey gratitude on the emperor's behalf, the agency said.

[...]
The April 3rd rituals are annual events for Emperor Jinmu's passing, Jinmu-Tenno-sai and Koreiden-mikagura.

Wishing Emperor Akihito a speedy recovery!
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On April 4th, the IHA reported Emperor Akihito's cough has subsided and he returned to official duties. In the morning, he greeted volunteers.
Source: Sankei

In the afternoon, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko received President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama and his wife Lorena Castillo at the Imperial Residence.

Photos: Sankei Imperial Weekly #585, AP Images

Emperor's last meeting with foreign dignitaries - News - NHK WORLD - English
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[...] Varela reportedly thanked the Emperor for his contribution to world peace and prosperity.

The Emperor reportedly responded that the most important point is that there was no war during the Heisei era. He added that it was because the Japanese people gave serious thought to the tragedy of war.

Thursday's meeting was the 354th in Japan for the Emperor with foreign dignitaries, and the final one before his abdication.

[...]
Retiring Japanese Emperor Holds Last Meeting with Foreign Leader | Nippon.com
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[...] At the 30-minute meeting, which was also joined by Empress Michiko and Varela's wife, the Panamanian president said he was grateful from the bottom of his heart for the achievements Emperor Akihito has made for world peace and prosperity while on the throne.

Varela also said that he came to Japan this time to directly tell the Emperor that he will step down from the post of president in June. [...]
Emperor praises Heisei Era as a time when Japan enjoyed peace: The Asahi Shimbun
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[...] Verala also extended his deep appreciation for having being blessed to have an audience with the imperial couple as the last foreign dignitaries ahead of Akihito’s planned abdication at the end of April [...]

ETA: On April 5th, Empress Michiko visited the 50th exhibition of 100 Contemporary Female Calligraphers at Takashimaya Nihonbashi department store in Chuo, Tokyo. This year's exhibit features 145 works; it's Empress Michiko's 11th visit since her time as crown princess.

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Old 04-06-2019, 03:29 AM
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On April 5th, Emperor Akihito received credentials of new ambassadors to Japan from Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3cv-i2UYAERS5O.jpg
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Emperor Akihito welcomes envoys for last time - News - NHK WORLD - English
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[…] It was the Emperor's 919th and last time to attend the ceremony.

The Emperor and the Empress will later welcome the ambassadors and their spouses at the Imperial residence.
Mainichi reports there's been about 950 ambassador credential presentation ceremonies during Emperor Akihito's reign. Crown Prince Naruhito attended when the emperor was traveling abroad.

Also on the 5th, Emperor Akihito attended the attestation ceremony of Takao Makino, the new deputy minister at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The previous minister Ichiro Tsukada abruptly resigned after a controversial statement that he had upgraded a road project as an unrequested favor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso.

https://www.jiji.com/news/photos/pho...0031089352.jpg

Emperor publishes thesis on gobies - News - NHK WORLD - English
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The thesis, published on Friday in the online version of an ichthyology magazine, is on the crossbreeding of gobies in a pond at Kyoto Gyoen National Park in the ancient capital of Kyoto in western Japan. He has been working on the thesis with other researchers for about six years.

The paper is his 33rd on the fish and the last before his abdication on April 30.

[...]

Sample observation and DNA analysis in his latest study show the goby in the pond is the hybrid of two species -- one that is indigenous to Lake Biwa in western Japan, and another believed to have lived in the southern parts of Kyoto.

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On April 7th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko took a brief stroll outside the Imperial Palace to enjoy the cherry blossoms. They appeared from Kita-hanebashi-mon Gate near Kitanomaru Park around 7:10am and walked about 200m for 10 minutes before returning to the palace grounds via Inui-mon Gate.
Source: Jiji

Photos: Asahi, Sankei
https://twitter.com/asahi_photo/stat...97458804822016

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Here are some additional gettyimages photos of the couple's walk.


Today, April 8, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the Japan Prize Award ceremony in Tokyo:


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Asahi gallery, Getty Images of the Japan Prize ceremony and reception
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On April 11th, Emperor Akihito planted rice for the last time at the Imperial Palace. He sowed varieties of Nihonmasari (ordinary rice) and Mangetsumochi (glutinous rice).

After the abdication, Emperor Naruhito to finish planting rice in May and harvest the crop in the fall. Emperor Showa (Hirohito) started the practice of growing rice in 1927.

https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...4110026-p1.jpg
https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...4110026-p2.jpg

Emperor plants rice seeds before abdication - News - NHK WORLD - English
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[...] The Emperor planted two types of rice seeds from last year's harvest in chilly weather on Thursday.

He squatted and carefully placed the seeds in 30-by-30-centimeter plots of land.

[...]

In mid-May or later, the new Emperor is to continue the tradition by planting the resulting seedlings in rice fields on the palace grounds. [...]

ETA: On April 12th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Kodomo no Kuni amusement park in Yokohama. The name means "Children's Country" or "Children's Land"

Photos: Mainichi, Getty Images
Yomiuri has 2 lovely photos
https://twitter.com/kodomo_no_kuni/s...81463183388673

Videos: https://video.mainichi.jp/detail/video/6025442467001
https://twitter.com/eizo_desk/status...74477737816064

https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...4120026-p1.jpg
https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...4120026-p2.jpg

English | KODOMONOKUNI
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KODOMONOKUNI was founded in commemoration of the Royal Marriage of Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko in 1959 [...] It was officially opened on May 5th, a national holiday of the Children's Day, in 1965. [...]
Emperor, Empress visit nature park for kids - News - NHK WORLD - English
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The park was built partly with money sent from all over the country to celebrate the couple's wedding on April 10 in 1959.

The Emperor and the Empress celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Wednesday. They had expressed their wish to visit the park to celebrate the occasion.

They toured the park on a bus shaped like a locomotive. There were more than 3,000 visitors around, and the couple repeatedly stood up, waved and smiled to visitors.

Later, the Emperor and Empress talked with local nursery children and volunteers who help in the park's management.

[...]

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Old 04-13-2019, 06:33 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Nemunoki Garden in Tokyo on April 13:


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And they viewed a special exhibition to celebrate the Emperor's 30th anniversary of enthronement and the couple's 60th wedding anniversary at Takashimaya Department Store in Tokyo:


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Imperial Couple visit exhibition on their 30-yr history at Tokyo department store - The Mainichi
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[...] Approximately 100 items and about 200 photos taken by the Mainichi Shimbun and the Imperial Household Agency are on display. Among them is special attire called "Korozen no goho" that the Emperor wore in a ceremony related to his accession to the Imperial Throne.

The Imperial Couple saw a photograph of them taken in August 1978, when they participated in an event in Shizuoka Prefecture as then Crown Prince and Princess with their sons and daughter. While viewing the photo the Emperor said, "Every family member is seen in this picture." The Empress added, "We often used to go out together," and they reminisced about old times. [...]
Nihombashi Takashimaya hosts special exhibition on 30-yr history of Imperial Couple - The Mainichi

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko strolled around Nemunoki Garden for about 10 minutes at 5pm. The garden is on the site of the former Shoda residence.

Photos: Asahi, Sankei




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On April 15th, Emperor Akihito hosted a tea party for about 50 members of the House of Representatives and House of Councillors at the Imperial Palace. When Tadamori Oshima, Speaker of the House of Representatives, asked about the cherry blossoms seen from the windows, His Majesty enthusiastically discussed the trees' varieties and taxonomy. [news24.jp]

https://cdn.mainichi.jp/vol1/2019/04...0037000p/9.jpg

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko began their 3-day visit to Mie Prefecture on April 17th. Main purpose is to report the abdication at Ise Grand Shrine. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saw the Imperial couple off at Tokyo Station.

Fantastic photos from Japan twitter:
https://twitter.com/583_N1_N2/status...72343326367744
https://twitter.com/shimotsuke24/sta...98300820889600
https://twitter.com/f2aaiko/status/1118397138831015936

Official media: Mainichi, Asahi, Getty galleries

https://twitter.com/nhk_news/status/1118391442680971264
https://twitter.com/mainichiphoto/st...94885571260416
https://twitter.com/asahi_photo/stat...44432942977024
https://twitter.com/mainichiphoto/st...27251203121153

Press setup and tweets of Their Majesties' transfer at Nagoya station:
https://twitter.com/wJgR2W3Cc1Kc0eb/...94629987155968
https://twitter.com/yossy32gtr/statu...91494262632448
https://twitter.com/yu1639/status/1118400312853835777

ETA: locals welcomed Their Majesties with some 2000 lanterns
https://twitter.com/asahi_photo/stat...06002431664128

Emperor starts last trip to local region before April 30 abdication - The Mainichi
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[...] The imperial sword and jewel, two of the family's three sacred treasures that play a key role in the succession, are accompanying the emperor on the visit. The other treasure, a mirror, is always kept at a shrine in the sanctuaries of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

The two treasures are taken outside only for visits to the Ise Shrine, one of the most important Shinto shrines. The last time the couple went there with the treasures was 2014.

[...]

Among the regalia, called "Sanshu no Jingi," the sword and the mirror are currently replicas made for the emperor to keep in his possession. The original items are kept at Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya and Ise Shrine, respectively.

[...]
Emperor to pay last homage at Shinto site before abdication: The Asahi Shimbun

Emperor, Empress visiting Ise - News - NHK WORLD - English (includes video)
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On April 18th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko reported the abdication and worshipped at the outer and inner shrines at Ise Grand Shrine.

Photos: Getty Images, Asahi
https://twitter.com/nikkeiphoto/stat...22424462176257
https://twitter.com/nhk_news/status/1118771427774271488

Emperor visits Ise shrine to report his April 30 abdication - Kyodo News+ (includes photo gallery)
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[...] The emperor, clad in a morning dress, and the empress, wearing a long dress, offered prayers at the shrine during the "Shinetsu no Gi" ritual, one of a series of rituals held for the imperial succession.

For the occasion, the emperor has brought with him the imperial sword and jewel, two of the family's three sacred treasures that play a key role in the succession. The last treasure, a mirror, is kept at the shrine.

[...]
Emperor, Empress visit Ise Shrine - News - NHK WORLD - English
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[...]The motorcade arrived at the Outer Shrine, which is dedicated to a goddess of harvests and well-being, shortly before 10:30 a.m.

[...]

Imperial Household officials say the Emperor offered a sprig from the sacred "sakaki" tree at the main hall. They say the Empress also worshipped at the Outer Shrine.

Later on Thursday, the Emperor and Empress are scheduled to worship at the Inner Shrine where Amaterasu-omikami, the sun goddess, is enshrined.

ETA: excellent ANN report includes Sayako Kuroda and diagrams of the shrine locations
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On April 19th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko returned to Tokyo.

Getty Images, Mainichi

Great photos from lucky folks at train stations
https://twitter.com/AFKLBO4W8/status...24392095543296
https://twitter.com/takumasuku/statu...18351320510464
https://twitter.com/583_N1_N2/status...18014547238912

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On April 23rd, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko reported his abdication to the Mausoleum of Emperor Showa (Emperor Hirohito) at Musashi Imperial Graveyard in Hachioji, Tokyo.

Photos: Mainichi, Getty Images, AP Images, afpbb

Emperor visits his father's tomb before April 30 abdication - The Mainichi


ETA: Later on April 23rd, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Takao Mikoromo Seido, a temple for victims of industrial accidents in Hachioji, Tokyo.

Combined galleries: Asahi, Getty Images
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