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iceflower 05-01-2017 04:30 PM

Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko Current Events Part 4: May 2017 - April 2019

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** Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko Current Events Part 3: February 2013 - April 2017 **

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Prisma 05-05-2017 06:03 AM

On May 5th, Empress Michiko attended a concert by pianist Izumi Tateno and clarinet player Kazuko Ninomiya at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. She stayed for about an hour. Last November, the Imperial couple also attended a concert by Izumi Tateno who rebuilt his career after suffering a stroke in 2002 that paralyzed the right side of his body.

Photos: Sankei

Prisma 05-08-2017 11:17 PM

On May 8th, Empress Michiko attached silkworm eggs to branches of oak trees to be harvested around July. The Imperial family sericulture has been inherited by successive empresses since the Meiji period.

Photos: Asahi

Prisma 05-09-2017 02:10 AM

On May 9th, Emperor Akihito awarded orders and honors to 14 people at the Imperial Palace. Recipients included:
  • Yoshiro Mori, former Prime Minister
  • Junko Kawaguchi, former Foreign Minister
  • Ryozo Kato, former Ambassador to the United States
  • Naohiko Kumagai, former President of Mitsui Kumagai
Photos: Sankei, Asahi

Prisma 05-15-2017 12:59 PM

On May 15th, the IHA reported Emperor Akihito has fever and cold symptoms. His afternoon duties were cancelled; CP Naruhito took over his meeting with medal recipients and Empress Michiko met with a working group alone.

The Imperial couple’s planned private trip to Nikko for May 17-19 is also cancelled. The Emperor showed gratitude to the planners as the Nikko visit has been postponed twice since 2015. First, due to heavy rain damage and then the Kumamoto earthquake.

Sources: Asahi, Yomiuri

Prisma 05-20-2017 08:25 PM

On April 20th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met Argentine President Mauricio Macri and his wife Juliana Awada at the Imperial Palace. Later, the Imperial couple attended the Pritzker Architecture Award ceremony at Akasaka State Guest House in Minato, Tokyo. It’s the 2nd time in 28 years the Pritzker Architecture Award has been held in Japan. The 2017 winners are Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramon Vilalta from Spain.

President and First Lady of Argentina: Getty Images, Sankei

Pritzker Architecture Awards: Asahi

Home | The Pritzker Architecture Prize

Prisma 05-22-2017 09:55 PM

On May 22nd, Emperor Akihito planted 80 rice seedlings in the paddy field within the Imperial Palace. Harvest is expected at the end of September. Empress Michiko worked in the sericulture office, giving mulberry leaves to 700-800 silkworms.

Photos: Asahi

Prisma 05-24-2017 06:09 AM

On May 24th, Empress Michiko worked on sericulture, transferring silkworms to straw racks where they will spin cocoons and then be removed in about a week. This year’s silkworms bred about 3 species including "Koishimaru."

Photos: Asahi

Prisma 05-25-2017 02:13 PM

On May 25th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met with contributing members of the Japanese Red Cross at the Imperial Palace.

They also visited the Alfons Mucha exhibition at the National Art Center, Tokyo.

Getty Images

Prisma 05-27-2017 08:58 PM

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are visiting Toyama Prefecture May 27-29th. They visited Takaoka Mikurumayama Museum for the Mikurumayama floats, spoke to winners of a "greening campaign" poster contest, and attended a reception for the national tree festival on Saturday.

They will attend the 68th National Tree Festival in Uozu, Toyama Prefecture on Sunday.

Photos: Asahi

Prisma 05-28-2017 06:53 PM

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 68th National Tree Festival on May 28th. They each planted 3 trees, including trees from Toyama Prefecture. At the ceremony, seedlings of Enoki from at the Imperial Palace and transferred to Toyama Prefecture were handed over to Fukushima Prefecture for next year's festival.

In the afternoon, the Imperial couple visited the zipper company museum "YKK Center Park" in Kurobe city.

Photos: Asahi

Prisma 05-29-2017 07:03 PM

On May 29th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Koshinokuni Museum of Literature in Toyama City and flew back to Tokyo.

Photos: Asahi, Sankei

Getty Images of 3-day visit

Prisma 06-01-2017 03:29 AM

On May 31st, Empress Michiko harvested cocoons.

Photos: Asahi

Prisma 06-03-2017 12:46 AM

On June 1st, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the special exhibition "The folk art in the Edo period - the beauty living in the life", for the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Meguro-ku, Tokyo.

Photos 20, 21 at Sankei Imperial Weekly #489

Prisma 06-06-2017 01:22 AM

On June 6th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife Tran Nguyet Thu.

Getty Images, Asahi

ETA: In the evening, the Imperial couple attended a Shamisen performance at the National Theater in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.

Photos: Asahi

ROYAL NORWAY 06-07-2017 06:55 PM

Prisma, thanks again for all the work you do on these threads!

Prisma 06-08-2017 02:29 AM

:flowers: thanks, Royal Norway!

On June 7th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the special exhibition "TREASURES of the Natural World: Best of London’s Natural History Museum" at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Taito-ku, Tokyo. The exhibition features about 370 specimens including the famous “Archaeopteryx”

Photos: Asahi

Prisma 06-09-2017 02:47 AM

On June 9th, the Emperor received credentials from the Ambassadors of the Philippines and Belarus. He also had lunch with the president of the Board of Audit of Japan, the president of the National Personnel Authority, and others. Prince Akishino also attended the lunch.

Photos of the lunch at Getty Images

Prisma 06-11-2017 05:07 PM

On June 11th, Empress Michiko attended the 30th anniversary reception for the Japan Rheumatology Foundation in Marunouchi, Tokyo, where she spoke to patients for about 30 minutes.

Photos: Asahi

Prisma 06-13-2017 03:44 AM

On June 12th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 107th Japan Academy Award ceremony in Taitō Ward, Tokyo. There were 10 winners this year, including Professor Emeritus Hasegawa Akira of Tohoku University, who studied the structure and seismic activity of the subduction zone of the oceanic plate, and honorary director Soichiro Kitamura of the Center for Cardiovascular Diseases, who established coronary reconstruction surgery for a child.

Photos: Sankei, Jiji

In the afternoon, the Imperial couple hosted a tea ceremony for the winners at the Imperial Palace. CP Naruhito, Prince Akishino, and Princess Kiko also attended.

Photo: Yomiuri

ETA: Getty Images of awards and tea ceremony

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