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Old 11-06-2017, 11:02 AM
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The Imperial Family attended a tea party with Order of Culture laureates at the Imperial Palace today, November 6:


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Old 11-06-2017, 12:23 PM
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Is it so difficult to wear kimono?
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Old 11-06-2017, 01:24 PM
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Apparently yes for this event. If wearing western clothes enables CP Masako to attend, then I say go for it. I'd also like to see men wear kimonos. Tired of mostly women upholding traditional attire and culture.
Kimonos can be uncomfortable and restrictive. I rented a kimono when I visited Japan last year. Definitely the real experience with all the pieces, not a tourist gimmick. I was absolutely ready to take off the kimono after an hour. Each piece is tied or tucked tightly. The snug fit and layers began making me feel anxious and uncomfortably hot.

CP Masako wore kimonos twice so far this year: spring garden party and the summer grand sumo tournament opening.
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http://www.sankei.com/images/news/17...5140042-p5.jpg

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The family attended the autumn garden party at Akasaka Palace Imperial garden in Tokyo today, November 9:


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Thanks for the update!
It is nice to see all Imperial Princess wearing kimono. Princess Akiko's kimono has a lovely design.
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Imperial family members mentioned their favorite songs when speaking to musician and producer Tetsuya Komuro. Princess Mako liked "Get Wild", a song when Mr. Komuro belonged to the band TM Network. Prince Akishino spoke about the lyrics and composition of "Wow War Tonight." Another royal enjoyed "Can You Celebrate?" [Sankei]

Mr. Komuro performed with children of a blind school at a dinner party when the Emperor and Empress visited Vietnam in March. The Imperial couple talked about this event and Mr. Komuro said "... it would be great to have various bridges in the future." The couple received an update from the mayor of Kumamoto City on the reconstruction progress since the April 2016 earthquake. About 2000 people attended the garden party. [Asahi, Mainichi with galleries]

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko shook hands with blind swimmer Keiichi Kimura who won 4 golds at the Rio Paralympic Games. As the case since her return to garden parties, CP Masako attended the opening ceremony and spoke with some guests before leaving early. [Sankei 2]

ETA: Emperor hosts 2,000 guests at autumn palace garden party: The Asahi Shimbun
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Imperial Family of Japan Current Events Part 3: May 2017 -

On December 1st, Princess Mako and Princess Hisako attended duck netting with foreign diplomats at Shinhama Kamoba (Imperial Wild Duck Preserves) in Ichikawa, Chiba.

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On December 2nd, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Special Exhibition "The Golden Age of Botanical Art – Flowers from the Collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew" at Intermediatheque in Chiyoda, Tokyo. Princess Mako acted as their guide; she participated in this exhibit from the planning stage and was responsible for setting up exhibits and editing catalogs.

Princess Mako works as a researcher at University of Tokyo's museum which operates the Intermediatheque jointly with Japan Post. After the tour, the Imperial couple visited Princess Mako's work desk. [Sankei]

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Special Exhibition "The Golden Age of Botanical Art - Flowers from the Collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew" - INTERMEDIATHEQUE
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Getty Images and English article: Imperial couple views botanical artworks under Mako's direction: The Asahi Shimbun

ETA: More photos of the Dec. 1 duck netting with Princesses Mako and Hisako

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Visit of the General Public to the Palace for the New Year Greeting - The Imperial Household Agency

Date: January 2, 2018

Appearances:
First and Second: Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, and other adult members of the Imperial Family.
Third Appearance onwards: Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino and Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako

First Appearance: Around 10:10 a.m.
Second Appearance: Around 11:00 a.m.
Third Appearance: Around 11:50 a.m.
Fourth Appearance: Around 1:30 p.m.
Fifth Appearance: Around 2:20 p.m.
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The private 60th Imperial Household Agency Staff Cultural Festival opens December 14-16th and features the Imperial family's poetry, photography, crafts, etc.

Photos at Asahi and explanations below:
1. Princess Aiko created a herbarium titled "Summer in Suzaki, Autumn in Akasaka," where the shells are from Suzaki Imperial Villa and plants from the East Palace and Akasaka Estate.
2. Prince Hisahito made additions to the model of a traditional home from last year. With help from family and staff, it now has a well, chicken coop, vegetable garden, and a persimmon tree.
3. Close up of the well
4. Close up of the chicken coop
5. Emperor Akihito submitted poetry
6. Empress Michiko submitted poetry
7. The Imperial couple's submissions are exhibited together
8. Empress Michiko's art submission. (Not sure about this one; it looks like she created frames for photographs?)
9. CP Naruhito and CP Masako submitted photography of Yatsugatake mountain range and Nasu Animal Kingdom.
10. Prince Akishino submitted nature photography
11. Princess Kiko's photography of nature
12. Princess Hisako's photo of beanie babies around a clay model computer
13. Princess Nobuko's photos of dog and flowers
14. Princess Akiko submitted a piece titled "A color gradient" of gold cloths
15. Photo of the exhibition

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