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Old 10-27-2016, 09:19 AM
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Long and fulfilled life, although also with a suffering (having to bury all his sons)
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:04 AM
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His late Imperial Highness lived a long and eventful life, with happiness and sadness. May he rest in peace.

My thoughts and prayers are now with Princess Mikasa, their children, grandchildren and the rest of the Imperial Family. May they find comfort remembering the happy moments they spent with the late Prince Mikasa.

Lot's of old Royals are dying these days. The King of Thailand, the former Emir of Qatar, and now Prince Mikasa. Although expected, giving their advanced ages and health issues, it's also sad. I hope this sad trend will now stop for a while.
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Old 10-27-2016, 12:52 PM
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do we have any details on the funeral arrangements?
  • The funeral is scheduled for 10am on November 4th
  • Something about the coffin on October 28th
  • Groundbreaking ceremony of the planned tomb site on October 29th
  • Coffin will be enshrined in a room called the “positive sleeping (Sacred Heart)” with a vigil on November 2nd
  • Prince Mikasa will be cremated and buried in Toshima Oka cemetery
  • Princess Yuriko will be chief mourner but due to her advanced age, granddaughter Princess Akiko will act as proxy
  • CP Naruhito’s visit to Aichi Prefecture (October 28-29) has also been canceled
  • There’s something about the practice that the Imperial couple do not attend “the mourning ceremony” (funeral?), so a messenger will be sent instead.
  • Princess Yuriko returning to Akasaka estate [Asahi photo]
  • Members of the Imperial family visited the Mikasa household in the afternoon of the 27th
    [Asahi gallery]

Sources: Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri
Funeral of Prince Mikasa set for November 4 - News - NHK WORLD - English


More about Prince Mikasa’s life:
Prince Mikasa spent his last years peacefully at Tokyo residence | The Japan Times

After war ended, Prince Mikasa continued his hope for peace : The Asahi Shimbun

Dutiful, peace-loving prince widely mourned - The Japan News

Prince Mikasa's life - News - NHK WORLD - English

Prince Mikasa, Brother of Emperor Hirohito of Japan, Dies at 100 - The New York Times


Condolences:
Kennedy, Duterte offer condolences - News - NHK WORLD - English
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King Abdullah added that on behalf of Jordanians, he expresses heartfelt condolences to Japan's Emperor, Imperial family, and people on the death of Prince Mikasa.
Japan pledges financial aid to Jordan - News - NHK WORLD - English
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Old 10-27-2016, 01:20 PM
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Interesting, the different mourning periods for the imperial family (7 days), the dowager (90 days) and the grandchildren (30 days).
it was the usual thing in the 19th century
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The length of mourning depended on your relationship to the deceased. The different periods of mourning dictated by society were expected to reflect your natural period of grief. Widows were expected to wear full mourning for two years. Everyone else presumably suffered less – for children mourning parents or vice versa the period of time was one year, for grandparents and siblings six months, for aunts and uncles two months, for great uncles and aunts six weeks, for first cousins four weeks.
Victorian mourning etiquette
Now we see shorter mourning periods.
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Old 10-27-2016, 08:37 PM
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Condolence to the Imperial family.
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Old 10-28-2016, 11:37 PM
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Members of the Imperial family visited the Mikasa residence again on Friday for the ceremony where Prince Mikasa's body is laid in a coffin.
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His funeral will be held at a cemetery in Tokyo on November 4th.
In accordance with Imperial tradition, the Emperor and Empress won't attend, but will visit the prince's residence 2 more times to pay their last respects.
Imperial family bids farewell to Prince Mikasa - News - NHK WORLD - English

Asahi photos of 10/28 arrivals

Condolences offered for prince - The Japan News
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Old 10-31-2016, 11:17 PM
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IHA estimated Prince Mikasa's funeral and tomb will cost about 289 million yen, with 209 million of the total coming from the country's reserve fund in this fiscal year. The rest will be included in next year's budget request.
Source: Sankei

ETA: Prince Mikasa's funeral and tomb to cost ¥289 million | The Japan Times
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Old 11-02-2016, 04:24 AM
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A vigil was held for Prince Mikasa at Prince Mikasa's residence in Tokyo today, November 2:


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Old 11-02-2016, 07:39 PM
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A few more photos at Asahi.
  • At 2pm, Princess Yuriko, Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, and Princess Mako attended the ritual of moving Prince Mikasa’s coffin to a room for “positive sleeping (Sacred Heart).”
  • White chrysanthemum flowers, fruit, and sweets surrounded the altar.
  • Emperor Ahikito and Empress Michiko paid a condolence visit around 3:30pm. They do not attend vigils and such rituals per tradition.
  • At 6pm, Princess Yuriko, CP Naruhito, and CP Masako began the vigil. Attendees interchanged every 30 minutes and the vigil will continue Nov. 3
Source: Sankei, Yomiuri

General worship for the public:
  • Twice on Nov 4: once in the morning before the coffin; once in the afternoon before a portrait as Prince Mikasa will be taken for cremation.
  • Nov 6-7 from 10am to 3pm
  • No special dress code. Flowers and offerings are not accepted.
  • Condolence book signing from 9am to 4pm on Nov 2-3
Sankei 2, Asahi 2

Funeral procession begins at 9am on Nov. 4th (Asahi 3)

On November 3rd, members of the Imperial family attended the "ceremony of spirit bill enshrined" at Prince Mikasa’s residence; the Imperial couple paid their last condolence visit before the ritual.

Photos/info: Asahi
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Old 11-03-2016, 11:35 PM
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582 people attended Prince Mikasa’s funeral on November 4th. Besides the family, mourners included Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy. (Sankei)

Asahi gallery
smaller Sankei gallery
Jiji
Mainichi (includes video)

English articles:
Imperial family, mourners attend funeral of Prince Mikasa : The Asahi Shimbun

Main funeral ceremony for Prince Mikasa held at Tokyo cemetery | The Japan Times

Centenarian Japanese prince who loved dancing and hated war laid to rest | Reuters
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Old 11-04-2016, 12:46 AM
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A Ringing of the Seraphim in Stockholm today

A Ringing of the Seraphim will be held in the Riddarholmen Church for Furst Mikasa, H.K.H. Prince Takahito of Japan, on 4th of November at 12:00–13:00. Prince Takahito was Emperor Hirohito's youngest brother, and passed at age 100. The church will be open to the public during the ceremony and after.
Ringing of the Seraphim in the Riddarholmen Church 4 November – opens at*12_00 - Sveriges Kungahus
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Old 11-04-2016, 03:59 AM
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A few more pics of the funeral (mixed with pics of the previous events):


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Old 11-04-2016, 11:30 PM
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Do we happen to know if Princess Nobuko was present at the vigils and the funeral service? I have only seen her arriving at the Estate paying the last respect on the day Prince Mikasa passed away.
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Old 11-05-2016, 12:20 AM
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I don't think she did. If she attended the funeral, Princess Nobuko should have been between Princess Hanako and Princess Akiko in the photo below. Not sure about the other events as articles didn't list each person. Most mentioned Princess Yuriko, the crown prince and wife, or Prince Akishino and wife, and then "et al." or "other family".
http://www.sankei.com/images/news/16...1040042-p2.jpg

Although I see Atsuko Ikeda (Emperor Akihito's older sister), one of the Mikasa's daughters (Masako Sen?) and her husband, Noriko Senge, and the Kurodas in the 3rd row.

A Sankei gallery focused on Princess Yuriko

More photos of Akishino and Takamado families at Sankei Imperial Weekly #459
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Old 11-05-2016, 07:09 PM
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Princess Akiko credits her grandfather Prince Mikasa for her academic career. The late prince encouraged her studies at Oxford University, gave his best regards when she took over as Honorary President of the Japan-Turkey Association, and placed importance on pursuing interests. Although he became too old for dancing, Prince Mikasa worked in Japan's dance organizations. As an 80 year old, he took up the challenge of a word processor. Princess Akiko is the first Imperial princess to earn a doctorate and continues research activities at Kyoto Sangyo University's Institute for Japanese Culture.
Source: Mainichi
Google translation

On November 5th, Imperial family members worshipped at the tomb of Prince Mikasa. Before they left, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko consoled Princess Yuriko who stood up from her wheelchair.

Photos: Asahi, Sankei

ETA: a longer ANN news report about Prince Mikasa
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:55 PM
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Princess Yuriko was certified as the head of the Mikasa household on November 16th by the Imperial Household Economy Council (chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe). There are no changes to the Mikasa’s annual fee (budget?) of 30.5 million yen. Half the amount pays for day-to-day living expenses and payments will go to Princess Yuriko as head of the family from November.

Sources: Sankei, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Old 12-10-2016, 12:17 AM
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Princess Yoko visited Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture December 8-11th for the 6th International Universal Design Conference.
Source: Sankei photo and Asahi Imperial schedule

Found her interview/speech at the AHFE 2016 conference in July:
IAUD Patron Her Imperial Highness Princess Yohko made the impressive address: "Who am I? Or you? What is a person? What does our existence mean? What do we mean by connections between people?" | International Association for Universal Design

On December 7th, Princesses Nobuko and Akiko attended the traditional diplomatic duck hunt with ambassadors of 12 countries.
Source: Sankei Imperial Weekly #464 p4

Princess Akiko's latest article on rice, Asahi
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Old 12-15-2016, 10:42 AM
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The 50 days anniversary of the late Prince Mikasa's Entombment Ceremony took place today, December 15 - here's a photo of Princess Yuriko at the ceremony:


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Old 12-20-2016, 01:00 AM
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There were 48 attendees, including 7 Imperial members (Princesses Yuriko, Akiko, Yoko, Hanako, Hisako, Tsuguko, and Ayako per Asahi's schedule). Before the ceremony at Toshima Oka Cemetery, there was another 50th day rite at the Mikasa residence which included Prince Hitachi.

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