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Old 05-02-2017, 01:29 AM
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Imperial Family of Japan Current Events Part 3: May 2017 -




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Old 05-14-2017, 03:25 PM
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On May 13th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the "Japan Ikebana Art Exhibition" in Chuo Ward, Tokyo. They were greeted by Princess Hanako, the Japan Ikebana Art Association’s honorary president.

Photos: Asahi

https://twitter.com/ami_j3/status/863390376173776904
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Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh met with Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, and CP Naruhito on May 11th while she was visiting Japan for the 27th Global Summit of Women (GWS).
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Expressing his joy to meet Vice President Thinh again, Emperor Akihito affirmed his support for the bilateral ties and pledged to make more contributions to it. He hoped the ties will reach new heights in the future.

At the meeting with Crown Prince Naruhito, Vice President Thinh said she hopes the Japanese Royal Family and the crown prince in particular will continue supporting the strengthening and deepening of the friendship and cooperation between the nations.

She invited the crown prince to visit Vietnam on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties in 2018.

Crown Prince Naruhito showed his joy at the flourishing all-around ties between the two countries, and thanked Vietnam for its assistance to help Japan overcome consequences caused by tsunamis in 2011.

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The crown prince said he is looking forward to making a visit to Vietnam in order to understand more about the country’s history and people.
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Old 05-21-2017, 02:27 PM
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On May 21st, the Crown Prince and Akishino families helped Emperor Akihito plant rice seeds at the Imperial Palace.

Photos of the Akishino family: Asahi

ETA: Video of the 2 families entering the palace.
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Old 05-25-2017, 04:26 AM
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Empress Michiko, Princess Kiko, Princess Nobuko, and Princess Hisako attended the National Red Cross Convention at the Meiji Jingu Kaikan in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo on May 25th. The Empress presented medals, certificates, and honors to individuals and organizations that contributed to the Red Cross' activities. It's also the 140th anniversary of the Japanese Red Cross' founding. Last year's convention was canceled due to the Kumamoto earthquake.

Crown Princess Masako and Princess Hanako had to cancel for health reasons. Masako has a cold and fever; Hanako has lower back pain.

Photos: Sankei, Jiji, Getty Images

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Old 06-22-2017, 07:11 AM
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Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Princess Hisako and Princess Nobuko attended a Western Music concert performed by the Imperial Music Band in Tokyo today, June 22:


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Physician and honorary head of St. Luke's International Hospital, Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara died on July 18 at age 105. He was a longtime associate of the Imperial family, especially Empress Michiko. Dr. Hinohara was her mother Fumiko Shoda's doctor. He was awarded the Order of Culture in 2005 and invited to the 2006 spring garden party. In March 2006, he served a leading role when Crown Princess Masako visited St. Luke's Pediatric Medical Center. Dr. Hinohara and Empress Michiko enjoyed a concert by South Korean tenor Bae Jae-chul last July. He also treated Prince Mikasa for many years including the hospitalization last year.

Sources: Sankei, Asahi

Shigeaki Hinohara, Japan's centenarian doctor, dies at 105 - The Mainichi

Japan doctor who practiced until months before his death dies at 105 | Reuters
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Old 08-02-2017, 12:05 AM
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Empress Michiko, Crown Princess Masako, Princess Kiko, and Princess Nobuko attended the 46th Florence Nightingale ceremony in Minato-ku, Tokyo on August 2nd. Akiko Ito, deputy director of Nagoya Shinji Red Cross Hospital and deputy director of the nursing department, was among the award recipients. Masako attended for the first time since 2003's ceremony.

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She looks so very lovely and her smile shows she is happy. It is really nice to see her out doing this and the color of the suit becomes her.
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Here are more pictures of the Florence Nightingale Ceremony today:


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In the 2nd video, the gentleman escorting the Imperial ladies and helping Empress Michiko onto the stage is Tadateru Konoe, current President of the Japanese Red Cross Society and husband of ex-Princess Yasuko of Mikasa.
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On August 8th, Crown Prince Naruhito and Prince Akishino met with Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace in the afternoon. The meetings began in 2011 and occur about monthly since July 2012. Although this meeting happened on the anniversary of Emperor Akihito's video message, the IHA state it was not to mark the milestone.

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Old 08-12-2017, 01:39 AM
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Photos of the IHA's "The Imperial Family and Bonbonnieres - Tracing Their History" exhibition, July 15 - September 10.

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1. Chakko-no-gi ceremonies: flower for Princess Sayako (1973), fan for Prince Akishino (1970), and Go board for CP Naruhito (1964).
2. Oval Crane and Turtle for Emperor Meiji's 25th wedding anniversary in 1894
3. Go board for Prince Mikasa's Chakko-no-gi ceremony in 1919
4. Hexagon with Pine Decoration for Emperor Showa's wedding in 1924
5. Cranes for Emperor Taisho's 25th wedding anniverary in 1925
6. Cart for Emperor Taisho early Showa era. (Not sure, maybe this means Emperor Showa was regent)
7. Armor in Taisho from early Showa era
8. Hand Drum with Young Pine and Star Design from private banquet hosted by Empress Dowager (Empress Teimei) celebrating the marriage of Prince Chichibu in 1928
9. Airplane celebrating the adulthood of Prince Takahiko of Asaka in 1932
10. Tank for Prince Takahiko of Asaka becoming lieutenant in 1933
11. Dog from a private banquet in 1934 celebrating Emperor Akihito's birth
12. Hand drum from a private banquet in 1935 celebrating Prince Hitachi's birth
13. Round Plum Blossom for Princess Shigeko's marriage to Prince Morihiro of Higashikuni in 1943
14. Overlap Box Shimomura Tsurum for Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun's 25th wedding anniversary in 1949
15. Shape of a Chrysanthemum Flower with Pair of Cranes from Private banquet celebrating the marriage of the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in 1959
16. Flowers, leaves, and clouds for Prince Tomohito and Princess Nobuko's marriage in 1980
17. Fan shape with lotus for Princess Sayako in 1990 for her coming of age
18. Globe commemorating Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko's foreign visits in 1991
19. Cranes celebrating the marriage of CP Naruhito and CP Masako in 1993

A few more at The 77th Exhibits, The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan
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Thank you for the translations. Very pretty and ornately decorated! The bonbonnière replicas of a tank and an airplane in the 1930s are really conspicuous.
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On September 11th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko received a lecture from Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of History director Kenji Fuji, ahead of the annual festival on the 25th, which marks the 400th anniversary of Emperor Go-Yōzei's death. The Tokugawa shogunate began during Go-Yōzei's reign. CP Naruhito and CP Masako also attended the lecture.

CP couple arrival:
http://www.sankei.com/images/news/17...9160017-p5.jpg

On September 12th, Empress Michiko visited Princess Hanako at Ariake Hospital of Cancer Research Institute where she is being treated for lumbar spondylitis spondylosis.

Source: Sankei Imperial Weekly #504
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CP Naruhito, Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, Princess Mako, Princess Hisako, and Princess Ayako attended an autumn ritual at the Imperial Palace on September 23rd.
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Members of the Imperial family will visit Ehime Prefecture for the 72nd National Sports Tournament held in Matsuyama city in late September to early October.
  • Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit September 29 - October 1 and attend the tournament’s opening ceremony on the 30th. Other agenda includes visits to the prefecture's art museum, aquarium, and a kendo match. The Imperial couple last visited Ehime Prefecture 24 years ago in November 1993.
  • Princess Akiko visits October 2-3
  • Princess Ayako visits October 2-4
  • Princess Yoko visits October 4-5
  • Princess Mako visits October 5-7 which includes a visit to Imaji City, and attending badminton, sumo wrestling, and volleyball matches.
  • Princess Nobuko visits October 6-8
  • Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko visit October 9-10 for the tournament's closing ceremony.
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Ehime prefecture posted the agenda (PDF)

Princess Akiko
Oct 2: Travel from Kyoto to Osaka to Ehime, Luncheon at Kumakogen Choyakuba Kuma Community Center, Rugby competition, visit Ehime Prefecture Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Institute (Kumagaurahacho), Naginata competition, Dogo Onsen
Oct 3: Ehime University tour, Luncheon in Yawatahama, Softball competition, Ehime Prefectural Nagahama aquarium, Travel from Ehime to Osaka to Kyoto

Princess Ayako
Oct 2: Travel to Ehime Prefecture, Luncheon at Grace Garden The Albella, Football competition, JR Hotel Clement Uwajima
Oct 3: Table tennis competition, Basketball competition, Lunch at JR Hotel Clement Uwajima, Football friendly match, Ehime Prefecture Football Association Hosted Reception
Oct 4: Tennis competition, Hockey competition, Luncheon at Matsumae-cho town office, Return to Tokyo
Photos: https://twitter.com/daks1330/status/915531849887186944

Princess Yoko
Oct 4: Travel to Ehime Prefecture, Lunch at hotel in Imabari-shi, Ōyamazumi Shrine, Murakami Naval Museum, Keio Hotel
Oct 5: Handball competition, Railway museum, Lunch at a hotel, Weightlifting competition, Akagane museum, Return to Tokyo

Princess Mako
Oct 5: Travel to Ehime Prefecture, Lunch meeting at Prefectural Government at Grace Garden The Albella, Kontex shop, Imabari Nomauma Highland, Dogo Onsen
Oct 6: Traditional porcelain hall, Badminton competition, traditional theater in Uchiko, Ehime Prefectural Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Institute, JR Hotel Clement Uwajima
Oct 7: Sumo competition, Nomura Silk Museum, Luncheon at Seishi City Office, Volleyball competition, another visit to Ehime Prefectural Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Institute, Return to Tokyo
Photos: Asahi, photos 43 - 49 at Sankei Imperial Weekly #507, ehime-np.co.jp

Princess Nobuko
Oct 6: Travel to Ehime Prefecture, Kokusai Hotel Matsuyama
Oct 7: Judo competition, Luncheon at Saijo City, Ehime Institute of Industrial Technology Paper Technology Center, Karate competition, Kokusai Hotel Matsuyama
Oct 8: Gymnastics competition, Luncheon and visit at Ehime Children’s Playground, Return to Tokyo

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko
Oct 9: Travel to Ehime Prefecture, Luncheon briefing and visit at Ehime prefectural government office, Ehime Prefectural Nagahama aquarium, Dogo Onsen
Oct 10: Athletics viewing, Botchan theater, Luncheon meeting, Closing ceremony, Ehime Prefectural Art Museum, Return to Tokyo
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Imperial Family of Japan Current Events Part 3: May 2017 -

On October 11th, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, and Princess Hisako attended a Nohgaku performance honoring the war dead.

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