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Old 04-25-2019, 02:14 PM
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Old 05-05-2019, 03:04 AM
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Major upcoming events for Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako*

May 25-28: US state visit (welcome and banquet are scheduled for May 27)
June 2: National Tree Planting Festival in Aichi Prefecture
August 15: National end of World War II memorial service
September 8: National Sea Enrichment Festival in Akita Prefecture
September 16: National Cultural Festival in Niigata Prefecture
September 28: National Sports Festival in Ibaraki Prefecture

Empress Masako's first major event where she'll lead is the Japanese Red Cross Society annual meeting on May 22.

* Empress Masako's attendance depends on her physical condition.

Source: Sankei

New Japanese emperor to start national tour from June - Kyodo News+
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Old 05-05-2019, 04:01 AM
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Major upcoming events for Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako*

* Empress Masako's attendance depends on her physical condition.

Source: Sankei

New Japanese emperor to start national tour from June - Kyodo News+

Depends on her "physical" or rather mental condition...?!
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Old 05-05-2019, 04:14 AM
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Both. Naruhito has mentioned Masako's fatigue in past press conferences and Japan's media frequently uses the phrase "physical condition" when reporting her status.
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Old 05-05-2019, 04:27 AM
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Stress and anxiety can impart physical symptoms from time to time including headaches, nausea, muscle cramps etc. As a reminder the topic has been discussed the Crown Princess Masako's adjustment disorder thread.
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Old 05-07-2019, 12:44 PM
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On May 7th, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visited the Imperial Palace to rehearse their first court ritual scheduled for the next day. Actually, Emperor Naruhito arrived earlier for office work but the couple left together around 7pm.

The emperor and empress usually wear traditional sokutai and jūnihitoe for court rituals (sometimes the crown prince couple as well) whereas other family members wear morning dress or long dress+hats.

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https://www.jiji.com/news/photos/pho...0031376829.jpg
https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...5070023-p3.jpg

Imperial couple arriving separately and leaving together later:
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Old 05-07-2019, 12:58 PM
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Will we see any photos of them in their sokutai and junihitohe robes, or is the ritual completely private? I know we've seen photos of Akihito occasionally as he moved from one area of a shrine to another, but wasn't sure if this would be a similar situation.
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Old 05-07-2019, 01:07 PM
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I believe there a quite a number fo these rituals each year and I think generally they are not filmed. However, since it will be the first time for the new Emperor and Empress to perform these rituals we may well get some images and footage - I hope so!
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Old 05-07-2019, 01:12 PM
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We'll probably get video and photos. It's the first court ritual for the new emperor and empress. The emperor reports the date of the enthronement ceremony to the Three Palace Sanctuaries: Kashikodokoro, Koreiden, and Shinden.

I guess Masako didn't need to wear traditional robes when she attended the 30-year anniversary of Emperor Showa's death in January. Japan media highlighted tomorrow's ritual will be Masako's first time wearing the heavy, multi-layer junihitoe since her wedding. 26 years ago!

fnn.jp, fnn.jp2
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Old 05-07-2019, 04:59 PM
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I'm hoping for at least photos, even if we don't get video. I'm sure Masako has recently had some practice sessions wearing the junihitoe, since in addition to being heavy, it must be awkward to move in if you are unaccustomed. There was an interesting little video accompanying the linked article that shows that for someone who aren't used to it, even leaning over to dip her hands in the river was a bit of an effort for this young woman. She also comments on how unexpectedly heavy it was.

Heroine of Kyoto festival ?purifies? herself prior to the procession?The Asahi Shimbun
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:50 AM
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On May 8th, Emperor Naruhito reported the dates of the "Sokui-no-Rei" enthronement ceremony (October 22) and "Daijō-sai" Great Thanksgiving Festival (November 14-15) to the Three Palace Sanctuaries: Kashikodokoro, Koreiden, and Shinden. Empress Masako also visited all 3 sanctuaries.

Members of the Imperial family, Prime Minister Abe and members of government watched from below. In another ceremony, Emperor Naruhito dispatched messengers to report the dates to Ise Grand Shrine and the Mausoleums of Emperor Jimmu and 4 Emperors up to Emperor Showa.

Photos: Mainichi, Sankei

In Photos: 1st ritual at Imperial Palace since ascension of Emperor Naruhito

https://twitter.com/nhk_news/status/1126046208211005440

Emperor performs 1st ritual within Imperial Palace after accession - Kyodo News+
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[...] The emperor read out a statement at the three imperial sanctuaries, reporting "Sokuirei Seiden no gi," a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement, will be held on Oct. 22, and "Daijokyu no gi," a main part of the great thanksgiving ceremony known as Daijosai to make offerings to ancestors and the deities, on Nov. 14-15.

Empress Masako similarly paid a visit to all sanctuaries for the first time since 2002. [...]

Wearing a dark orange robe which only emperors wear during important ceremonies, Emperor Naruhito, 59, visited the sanctuaries [...] The robe called "Korozen no goho" dates back to the ninth century.

His aides carried a sword and a jewel the emperor inherited from his father former Emperor Akihito as proof of his ascension to the throne [...]
Emperor performs first ritual at Imperial Palace - News - NHK WORLD - English
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[...] The ceremony was witnessed by Crown Prince Akishino and seven other members of the Imperial family, as well as the country's leaders, including the prime minister, the heads of both chambers of the Diet, the chief justice of the supreme court and Cabinet members.

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Old 05-08-2019, 11:42 AM
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Video , and lots of it! I'm so happy. It seems as though both Naruhito and Masako fulfilled their parts beautifully, which I'm sure is an enormous relief for both of them.
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Old 05-08-2019, 03:17 PM
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Me too! I'm especially relieved for Empress Masako.
Longer videos from Jiji without commentary and minimal processing. Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visiting Kashikodokoro

Emperor Naruhito dispatching messengers to Ise Grand Shrine and 5 Mausoleums (Emperor Jimmu and recent 4 emperors)
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On May 9th, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako received in audience the departing Ambassador to Japan from China, Cheng Yonghua, and his wife at Akasaka Imperial Palace. They spoke for about 30 minutes in Japanese; Their Majesties thanked the ambassador for his efforts in developing relations between their two countries.

Ambassador Cheng has been China's ambassador to Japan for 9 years, an unusually long time. Typically ambassadorships are 3 years.

Photos: Mainichi, Jiji, NHK


The IHA announced Emperor Naruhito will visit Aichi Prefecture June 1-2 for the 70th National Tree Planting Festival held in Owariasahi city. Empress Masako will accompany him if there is no problem in physical condition.

Agenda:
June 1: arrive at Nagoya by Shinkansen in the morning, visit Shippo Art Village in Ama city, attend reception for the festival at a Nagoya hotel
June 2: tree planting ceremony in the morning, visit Mikawa Aoitori Medical Center in Okazaki city, return to Tokyo by plane from Nagoya's Chubu International Airport

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On May 11th, Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and Princess Aiko had dinner with Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko at Fukiage Sento Imperial Palace. They entered the Imperial Palace complex before 7pm and left around 9pm.

Videos: NHK, news.tbs.co.jp

Photos: Sankei, Kyodo
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Old 05-31-2019, 11:47 PM
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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visit Aichi Prefecture June 1-2 for the 70th National Tree Planting Festival. This is Their Majesties' first regional visit since the succession.

Agenda per Sankei
June 1: travel to Aichi Prefecture by Shinkansen, visit traditional crafts "Owari Shippo" facility (Shippo Art Village) in Ama city and interact with local students, attend evening reception at hotel
June 2: 70th National Tree Planting Festival and plant saplings of Japanese cedar at Owariasahi city, visit medical center for children with disabilities in Okazaki city, return to Tokyo by plane

Photos: Asahi (updated), AP Images, Getty Images, Mainichi

https://twitter.com/shimotsuke24/sta...28151550627840
https://twitter.com/patytaso/status/1134652993670852609
https://twitter.com/dokusenpai_/stat...12603182133248
https://twitter.com/asahi_photo/stat...37897624121344
https://twitter.com/nhk_news/status/1134645127073488896
https://twitter.com/nhk_news/status/1134656837163409408
https://twitter.com/zweiweisskatze/s...52954026184704

This video shows more of the Imperial couple's entourage
https://twitter.com/ninagawa_amuro/s...60615518281729



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Old 06-01-2019, 01:32 AM
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I think Masako will really shine in her role as Empress. An intelligent woman who will be happy to get involved in many dutiesand various eventsand make the role of Empress her own hopefully modernising many things to suit the changing of the times.
I look forward to following her progression. The couple look much happier these days.
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Do you think it's a help for Empress Masako vis a vis her condition, that she now has a much more prominent role and as such is much more in control of what she is going to do and how she is going to approach it?

In other words: It's one thing to "advise" the crown princess to conform, it's an entirely different matter when it's the Empress, who now doubt has the full support of her husband.

There has been suggestions in these threads that Emperor Naruhito, even though being a mild mannered man, may not be that easy to control!
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Do you think it's a help for Empress Masako vis a vis her condition, that she now has a much more prominent role and as such is much more in control of what she is going to do and how she is going to approach it?

In other words: It's one thing to "advise" the crown princess to conform, it's an entirely different matter when it's the Empress, who now doubt has the full support of her husband.
I think you may be right, it is probably more difficult to bully the Empress than the Crown Princess. However, more than that, I think Masako and the grey men of the IHA have probably made peace with each other, and each has accepted the other. Any which way, what I am seeing from the pictures is a confident and comfortable Empress, and dare I say it, one that seems to be enjoying her role.
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I absolutely agree with you Muriel, confident and comfortable and enjoying her role. Good description.
Also perhaps the little grey men within the palace who may have given her such a hard time regarding tradition and her role as crown princess, perhaps they have retired.
At any rate she should blossom now.
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