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Old 05-22-2019, 10:00 AM
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I'm very pleased for Masako, and hope that she is able to continue undertaking these kinds of engagements. She certainly looks well, unlike some times when she has clearly been stressed or ill at ease. Nice to see her looking herself!
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Old 05-22-2019, 05:20 PM
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Me too! Next week will be busy: US state visit and then National Tree Planting Festival in Aichi Prefecture.

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Imperial ladies leaving Meiji Jingu Kaikan.
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Old 05-26-2019, 11:31 PM
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On May 27th, Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko attend the state visit welcome ceremony for President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako also had an audience with the Presidential couple.

Photos: Mainichi, Sankei, Asahi, Getty Images

Japan's Emperor Naruhito meets Trump, 1st state guest since taking throne - Kyodo News+
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[...] "Nice to meet you," said both the emperor and the empress in English in meeting the Trumps, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

[...]

During a summit with Abe in Washington ahead of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement, Trump said he had initially hesitated to accept an invitation to meet the emperor, unsure if he could make the trip.

Trump said he had asked Abe how big the imperial succession would be for the Japanese people compared to the Super Bowl and Abe replied, "It's about 100 times bigger," leading him to immediately agree to visit.
Trump is first head of state to meet Japan's new emperor: The Asahi Shimbun

https://twitter.com/asahi_photo/stat...17274274951168
https://twitter.com/mainichiphoto/st...26953415741440
https://twitter.com/asahi_photo/stat...24262106988544

https://twitter.com/nhk_news/status/1132806721129328640
https://twitter.com/nhk_news/status/1132820442505461761
https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1132814890635276288

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Old 05-28-2019, 02:17 AM
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State banquet on May 27th.

Photos: Asahi, Mainichi, Getty Images, AFPBB

Donald et Melania Trump, invités d'un banquet impérial ŕ Tokyo - Paris Match

The entrance was changed for this banquet. The Emperor, Empress and Trumps entered when other royals and guests were already at the table. In the Heisei era, the other royals followed the Imperial couple and state guests in the procession.

Everyone seated except for the Imperial and Presidential couples.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7mxwcZUcAEF4W8.png

Princesses Tsuguko, Yoko, and Nobuko:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7kTkVWVsAAKHwB.jpg

Princesses Akiko and Hisako on the far right:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7m18oKUcAE4bmz.png

The Akishino family:
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Japan emperor, empress treat Trumps with course dinner, orchestra - Kyodo News+
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Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako held a banquet for U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday, entertaining them with a full-course French dinner and live orchestra music.

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The Trumps feasted on consomme soup a la Royale, turbot meuniere with tomato sauce, rib steak, seasonal salad, Mt. Fuji-shaped ice cream, melon and grapes.

[...]

State guests are usually served a French dinner but the palace also caters to religion, for example offering a halal dinner to Muslim guests. Vegetables used in the dishes come from the imperial stock farm, while wine is brought directly from the palace cellar.

For guests like Trump, who is teetotal, juice may be prepared instead of champagne for a toast, according to the Imperial Household Agency.
Changing monarchy on display as imperial couple greets Trump and first lady using English | The Japan Times
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[...] On Monday, the emperor and empress acted as translators for Trump and the first lady as they spoke to a seemingly endless line of politicians, ambassadors and other guests. Professional interpreters — who were presumably hired for the occasion — could only watch while the imperial couple handled themselves with poise while navigating countless introductions and interactions throughout the affair. [...]
With Trump's Visit to Japan, Empress Masako Finds a Spotlight - The New York Times


On May 28th, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako bid farewell to the US President and First Lady at a Tokyo Hotel.

Photos: Asahi

Japan's Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako visit Trump's hotel to say goodbye - Kyodo News+
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The emperor said he was very happy to have been able to host the president and his wife, while Trump expressed his gratitude for a banquet held by the imperial couple the previous night, emphasizing how he now considers them personal friends, according to the Imperial Household Agency.




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Old 06-08-2019, 10:16 AM
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Several members of the Imperial Family visited the grave of Prince Katsura (Yoshihito) at Toshimagaoka Cemetery in Tokyo today, June 8:



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Old 06-08-2019, 08:03 PM
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Some more from Japan's media.

The Imperial couple do not attend the memorial service by convention so they arrived later around 5pm to worship. Princesses Yuriko and Akiko were hosts. [Jiji]

Princess Yuriko:
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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D8kmBFsU8AAbEBe.jpg

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako with Princess Akiko behind them.
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Tadahiro Konoe (Prince Katsura's nephew) and Sayako Kuroda. Anyone know the lady between them?
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D8kq7_rUYAAe8AV.png

Kurodas bowing:
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Yasuko Konoe, ex-Mikasa princess & Prince Katsura's eldest sister
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:37 PM
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On June 9th, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko visited Prince Katsura's tomb at Toshimagaoka Cemetery in Tokyo. Princess Yuriko greeted their arrival; the retired Imperial couple stayed about 30 minutes.

Empress Emerita Michiko visited the IHA hospital for a heart examination in the afternoon of June 8th.

Photo: Sankei

Later on June 9th, there was a dinner at Akasaka Imperial Palace to celebrate Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako's 26th wedding anniversary. Emperor Emeritus Akihito, Empress Emerita Michiko, Akishino couple, Kuroda couple, and Empress Masako's parents attended. [Mainichi]

Photo/video of arrivals: Sankei, tbs.co.jp
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:39 AM
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Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako received the winners of the Japan Academy Award at the Imperial Palace today, June 17:


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On June 24th, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako hosted a tea party for recipients of the 75th Japan Art Academy Awards at the Imperial Palace.

Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako, and Princess Kako also attended.

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Old 08-07-2019, 12:18 AM
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On August 7th, Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Hanako, Princess Nobuko, and Princess Hisako attended the 47th Florence Nightingale Medal Ceremony at the Tokyo Prince Hotel. The biennial award honors achievements in nursing.

Photos: Asahi, AP Images, Mainichi

Japan Empress Masako Attends Nightingale Medal Ceremony | Nippon.com
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Japanese Empress Masako attended a ceremony to award the 47th Florence Nightingale Medal at a Tokyo hotel Wednesday morning.

[...]

The medal is awarded to nurses with outstanding achievements around the world. This time, 29 individuals of 19 countries were awarded.

The Empress pinned the prestigious medals on Japanese nurses Masako Akiyama, 69, from Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward, and Kikuko Takeshita, 69, from the city of Chiba, near Tokyo.

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Old 08-30-2019, 12:15 PM
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Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko and other members of the family during an Imperial tea party for leaders of the African nations attending the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo today 30 August


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Thanks! Princesses Mako, Kako, Akiko, Yoko, and Tsuguko also attended the tea party for TICAD.

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Video: Japan: Emperor Naruhito hosts royal tea party as 7th TICAD summit concludes | Ruptly

Emperor, Empress meet TICAD leaders | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News
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[...] The Emperor said he hopes the TICAD meeting will contribute to the further development of the African countries and the happiness of their people.

The Emperor also said he prays for the health and happiness of the guests, and the welfare of the people of their countries. [...]
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On September 4th, Crown Prince Akishino and Princess Hitachi (Hanako) were elected Imperial Representatives to the Imperial Household Council. Princess Mikasa (Yuriko) and Crown Princess Kiko were elected as reserve members. Term of office is 4 years.

Empress Emerita Michiko refrained from voting although she has the right to vote unlike Emperor Naruhito and Emperor Emeritus Akihito.

Source: Jiji

Honestly, I'm surprised 96-year-old Princess Yuriko became a reserve member. I don't expect the work as a reserve member to be demanding and acknowledge she has been an Imperial representative/reserve member before but wow... Imperial family members must think of her highly to vote in Yuriko over other younger members.
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Old 09-05-2019, 01:09 AM
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Photos of Empress Masako's arrival at the Imperial Palace for the vote on September 4

https://www.asahicom.jp/articles/ima...00921_comm.jpg
https://www.asahicom.jp/articles/ima...00918_comm.jpg

ANN video includes the Akishino family's arrival
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On September 19th, Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, and Princess Akiko attended a welcome reception for the 2019 Rugby World Cup at a hotel in Tokyo. The Crown Prince is honorary president of the Rugby World Cup and Princess Akiko is honorary president of Japan Rugby Football Association. [Mainichi]

Unfortunately, there are only photos of Crown Prince Akishino making a speech...

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On October 11th, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko visited Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre to see "John Gould's Pictorial Birds Books," a special exhibition organized by their daughter Sayako Kuroda. Sayako is an ornithologist and researcher at Tamagawa University Museum of Education. She described the exhibits to her parents.

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Old 10-11-2019, 05:16 AM
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On October 11th, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko visited Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre to see "John Gould's Pictorial Birds Books," a special exhibition organized by their daughter Sayako Kuroda. Sayako is an ornithologist and researcher at Tamagawa University Museum of Education. She described the exhibits to her parents.
I didn't know Sayako had returned to her research work after quitting when she married, but that is wonderful news! How long ago did she resume her academic work?
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Old 11-02-2019, 11:53 PM
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On November 2nd, Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, and Princess Akiko attended the 2019 Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Princess Akiko's arrival. She is honorary president of Japan Rugby Football Union.
Getty Image
https://twitter.com/RugbyWorldCupFR/...38831340146689

Crown Prince and Princess Akishino
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Princess Akiko in the receiving line for the Akishino couple's arrival
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Old 11-05-2019, 03:44 AM
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On November 5th, Imperial family members attended a tea party for Order of Culture and Cultural Merit award recipients at the Imperial Palace.

AP Images, Asahi, Getty Images

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4fK6bEl0jp/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B4fLoy9l7mL/
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Old 11-05-2019, 05:54 AM
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On November 2nd, Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, and Princess Akiko attended the 2019 Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Princess Akiko's arrival. She is honorary president of Japan Rugby Football Union.
Getty Image
https://twitter.com/RugbyWorldCupFR/...38831340146689

Crown Prince and Princess Akishino
Getty Images, Getty Images 2

Princess Akiko in the receiving line for the Akishino couple's arrival
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EIakkv3WoAAZiyj.jpg
In terms of protocol, the sight of one member of the imperial family in the line of hosts at an event receiving other members of the imperial family as guests caught my eye.

It absolutely makes logical sense given Princess Akiko's position, but I personally can't recall other instances of seeing it in the Japanese or other royal families (which may simply be because I haven't given it enough attention).
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