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Old 05-21-2007, 03:34 PM
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Emperor Akihito's and Empress Michiko's State Visit to the Baltics May 24-27, 2007

May 21, 2007: The Emperor and Empress of Japan are embarking on a 10-day world tour which include state visits to the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from 24-27 May 2007.


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Old 05-21-2007, 10:38 PM
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Just a article on their visit to Europe.

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Old 05-22-2007, 12:41 PM
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I can't wait to see pictures of Their Majesties in Latvia. I think the Latvian President handles these kind of events so well.
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Old 05-22-2007, 12:54 PM
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The Imperial Couple is presently in Stockholm on the first stop of their European tour. Please post all relevant information here. See you back in this thread after the Official Visit to Stockholm is over.

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Old 05-24-2007, 08:40 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrive at Tallinn airport on their first-ever visit to a former Soviet republic, 24 May 2007

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Emperor Akihito (R) waves to the public beside Estonia's President Hendrik Toomas Ilves during an official welcome ceremony in Tallinn May 24, 2007

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Emperor Akihito (second from left) and Empress Michikito (extreme right) pose alongside Estonian President (second from right) and Estonia's First Lady Evelin during their meeting in Kardriorg Palace 24th May 2007 as part of their visit to the country

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Old 05-24-2007, 11:23 AM
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Empress Michiko is the grand dame of protocol. She's wearing the Estonian national colours of white, blue and black! Her Majesty is a true asset to Japan. Though Lithuania's outfit might be an interesting one.
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Emperor of Japan Akihito (3-R), Empress Michikito (C) and Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (2-R) attend a 'Joy of Song' open air concert at the Tallinn Song Festival site (Lauluvaljak), Estonia, 24 May 2007

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Emperor Akihito (2nd L) and Empress Michiko (R) wave to the people gathered in front of the town hall in Tallinn 24 May 2007 after their meeting with major of Tallin Edgar Savisaar (2nd R).

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Just curious....Is the Empress wearing a coat? A cape? A cape/coat? Or is it a one piece dress? I can't figure it out. She wears this style frequently. Is it supposed to be more like the sleeves or styling of a Kimono?
I have so many questions!!
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Another article on the trip.

Emperor, Empress make first visit to Estonia | The Japan Times Online
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Empress Michiko is the grand dame of protocol. She's wearing the Estonian national colours of white, blue and black! Her Majesty is a true asset to Japan. Though Lithuania's outfit might be an interesting one.
She wore a blue kimono with a gold obi in Sweden; almost always in Japan she wears pink or beige - blue is very unusual. But blue and gold in Sweden
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Just curious....Is the Empress wearing a coat? A cape? A cape/coat? Or is it a one piece dress? I can't figure it out. She wears this style frequently. Is it supposed to be more like the sleeves or styling of a Kimono? I have so many questions!!
It seems like a kimono to me.. probably changed a bit to suit her engagements.

I can't believe the warm welcome the Emperor and Empress got.... truly heartwarming!
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Emperor Akihito is accompanied by Latvia's President Vaira Vike-Freiberga during honour guard welcoming ceremony at Riga Palace, Latvia 25 May 2007 as he begins a visit to the Baltic nation

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Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga (centre) escorts Japanese Emperor Akihito (left) whose wife Empress Michiko (right) follows during a tour of the Riga Palace 25th May 2005 as the Japanese imperial couple begin a visit to the Baltic nation

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Emperor, empress arrive in Latvia, set to visit Freedom Monument

They will meet with Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga -- the first woman president in the former communist bloc -- at Riga Castle and later visit the Monument of Freedom, Latvia's national symbol of freedom and independence, in central Riga to lay flowers there.
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The imperial couple is then to attend a luncheon hosted by the president and her husband, Imants Freibergs, at the Blackheads House before visiting the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, which displays artifacts from the occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II and the subsequent occupation by the Soviet Union.


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Emperor Akihito and Latvia's President Vaira Vike-Freiberga lay a wreath at the monument of Freedom in Riga, 25 May 2007

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia in Riga 25 May 2007.

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Vaira Vike-Frieberga does it again. She looks wonderful and so regal. Tell me she couldn't be mistaken for a Queen and I shall call you a churl. Her suit is perfect in colour, very understated to let her guests shine, and the hat gives a contrast in shade. Hair and make-up are spot on. Her purse is wonderful and as for the red jewellery - divine! I love this woman.

Empress Michiko looks lovely too and yes, she is wearing Latvia's national colours! I may well trek up to Piccadilly on the 28th to see what she's wearing for myself when she visits Britain. As for the Empress in Latvia - wonderful.
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Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko speak to students while visiting the University of Latvia in Riga May 25, 2007

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Another article on the Emperor and Empress on their European trip.

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Just another article on the Emperor's and Empress's trip in Europe.

Imperial Couple ends tour of Baltics with Lithuania | The Japan Times Online
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The Empress looks so good! I'm relieved, since her health was no good not so long ago...

I hope this visit to Scandinavian States could made more strong the ties between Japanese and Scandinavian people.

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other pic from the Imperial Couple visit to Lithuania

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