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Old 06-16-2018, 03:22 AM
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On June 16th, members of the Imperial family visited the Imperial Palace for rituals on the anniversary of Empress Kojun's death.

Photos of Princesses Mako and Kako at Asahi.

news.tbs.co.jp video includes CP Naruhito's arrival.

According to Asahi's schedule, Princesses Nobuko, Yoko, Hisako, Tsuguko, and Ayako also attended the ritual at the Imperial Palace while Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko paid respects at Empress Kojun's tomb in Musashi Imperial Graveyard.
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Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko attended the award ceremony for the Japan Art Academy Prize and received the award recipients at the Imperial Palace today, June 18:


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Old 06-23-2018, 09:38 AM
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Empress Michiko, Sayako Kuroda and her husband Yoshiki Kuroda attended a concert of Michie Koyama in Tokyo on June 23:


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On June 25th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 108th Japan Academy Prize ceremony in Taito, Tokyo. They will host a tea ceremony for the winners in the afternoon with CP Naruhito, Prince Akishino, and Princess Kiko. CP Masako has a lumbar sprain and is very sorry she's not attending. [Jiji, Tweet from Asahi reporter]

Photos: Sankei, Getty Images

This year's winners: Recipients of the Imperial Prizes, the Japan Academy Prizes and the Duke of Edinburgh Prize elected

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On August 10th, CP Naruhito and Prince Akishino where spotted visiting the Imperial Palace. Probably for their monthly meeting with Emperor Akihito.

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On September 22nd, members of the Imperial family gathered for the annual rice and millet harvest at the Imperial Palace. Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, Princess Mako, and Prince Hisahito arrived at the palace around 4pm.

news24.jp includes 2013 footage
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Old 09-26-2018, 02:07 PM
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Some details on Imperial family members at the 73rd National Sports Festival (Sep 29 - Oct 9) and the National Sports Festival for Disabled Persons (Oct 13-15) in Fukui Prefecture.

9/29: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attend opening ceremony of the 73rd National Sports Festival
10/9: Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko attend closing ceremony

Princesses Mako, Nobuko, Akiko, Yoko, Hisako, and Ayako will attend various competitions. This is the first official Fukui Prefecture visit for Mako, Nobuko, Akiko, Yoko, and Ayako. It's also Princess Ayako's last public service before her marriage.

10/13: Crown Prince Naruhito attends opening ceremony of the National Sports Festival for Disabled Persons
10/15: Princess Hisako attends closing ceremony

Source: fukuishimbun.co.jp
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:25 AM
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Emperor Akihito hosted a tea party for leaders attending the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit today, October 9. Crown Prince Naruhito was present as well:


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The autumn garden party is on November 9 and will be the last hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

The spring 2019 garden party is canceled due to abdication/succession rituals; the autumn 2019 garden party is limited to foreign dignitaries attending the new emperor's enthronement.

Emperor Akihito's last garden party to be held in November - The Mainichi

ETA: On a purely selfish note, I wish Princess Ayako's wedding was scheduled after the garden party so she could attend one last time.
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On November 5th, members of the Imperial family attended a tea party for recipients of the Order of Culture at the Imperial Palace.

Photos: Sankei, Jiji
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The IHA announced CP Masako plans to fully attend the garden party on the 9th.

Since returning to garden parties in 2015, she exits after speaking to guests for a short time. The royals usually speak to guests for over an hour. Masako has been working hard on physical condition management.

The last time she fully attended was 15 years ago, at the 2003 autumn garden party.

Sources: Kyodo, NHK, tweet from Asahi reporter Yasuhiko Shima

ETA: English article is up!

Crown princess to fully attend garden party for 1st time in 15 yrs - The Mainichi
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Crown Princess Masako, who is still recuperating from a stress-induced illness, is set to fully attend an imperial garden party on Friday for the first time in 15 years, the Imperial Household Agency said.

The 54-year old wife of Crown Prince Naruhito has left the event early in recent years. But as long as she feels well, the crown princess will make a full appearance at the biannual party [...]

According to a senior agency official, the crown princess skipped a two-day trip through Thursday with the crown prince to Yamagata Prefecture to maintain her condition.

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In this year's event, the emperor and empress are inviting about 2,100 guests including astronaut Norishige Kanai and playwright Koki Mitani.
ETA: ANN news clip
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Here are the first photos of today's imperial garden party at the Akasaka Imperial Gardens in Tokyo:



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Thanks for the update!
This garden is the change of guard in the Japanese Imperial family. It is great to see Crown Princess Masako in a kimono attending the party.
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What beautiful kimonos the Imperial ladies are wearing! It's so unfortunate about the rain, that must have been very uncomfortable for everyone involved.

Any word on whether CP Masako managed to attend the entire event?
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:53 AM
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Yes, she did! I'm so happy for her.

Jiji reports about 1800 guests attended the last garden party of the Heisei era. Ayako Moriya, who recently married and left the Imperial family, attended privately.

CP Masako wore the kimono seen in photos for the 2019 calendar, see https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DqU7WIGVsAAk0a9.jpg:large

Princess Yoko wore a kimono she shares with Princess Akiko and previously worn by Princess Takako (ex-Princess Suga, Emperor Akihito's youngest sister)
https://twitter.com/bluemoonstone17/...05612099481600

Princess Mako repeated a kimono worn at the flower exhibition in Bhutan last year.

I like Princesses Hisako and Tsuguko's umbrellas. Kinda matches their kimonos.

More photos: Mainichi, AP Images, Asahi

ETA: Newscom has better photos of Akiko and Hisako

https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...1090030-p1.jpg
https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...1090030-p2.jpg
https://www.asahicom.jp/articles/ima...04022_comm.jpg
https://cdn.mainichi.jp/vol1/2018/11...0090000p/9.jpg
https://cdn.mainichi.jp/vol1/2018/11...m096000p/9.jpg

https://twitter.com/asahi_photo/stat...93907422756864

Emperor Akihito attends last garden party ahead of abdication - The Mainichi
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[...] Crown Princess Masako, who has long been battling a stress-induced illness, stayed until the end of the event on Friday for the first time in 15 years.

[...]

Among those who were invited were astronaut Norishige Kanai, playwright Koki Mitani, Ryuta Ibaragi, the governor of Okayama Prefecture, hit hard by deadly torrential rains in July, and Momoka Muraoka, an alpine sit skier who won a gold medal at Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics. [...]
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:28 PM
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That photo of the Imperial family lined up on the slope is very impressive--just look at all those incredible kimono!

I'm so glad to hear that Masako managed to stay the course for the garden party. I'm happy for her, and impressed with her courage.

And I love the photos of the Emperor and Empress sharing an umbrella. How sweet that is.
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Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing

Beautiful kimonos. I always love events in Bhutan and Japan. Both countries have such beautiful traditional dress.

Happy to see the CP made it through the entire event.

Still amazing to think this is the last one for the emperor.
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Princess Akiko's kimono flowery furisode is somewhat aggravated by the obi belt.
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