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Japanese Imperial Family Attend New Year’s Lectures

  January 10, 2018 at 8:00 am by

Members of the Japanese Imperial Family attended the traditional New Year’s Lectures, Kousho Hajime, held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Wednesday. Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and the family listened to lectures by Professor Kazui Tashiro, Professor Naoyuki Osaka and Akira Fujishima, the President of the Tokyo University of Science, deliver lectures on topics relating to “human, social and natural sciences”. Crown Princess Masako was present at the event for the … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito Receives New Year’s Greetings From The Public

  January 2, 2018 at 4:40 pm by

On Tuesday January 2nd, Emperor Akihito of Japan received the well-wishes of the Japanese public on the occasion of the New Year from the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The Emperor wished the crowd – which amounted to more than 125,000 over the course of the day – “that this year will prove a gentle and spiritually fulfilling one for as many people as possible.” He was joined … Continue reading

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Imperial Family Gather For New Year’s Greetings at Palace

  January 1, 2018 at 7:20 am by

Adult members of the Japanese Imperial Family gathered at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday, January 1, for the annual New Year’s greetings delivered to Emperor Akihito. The Emperor and Empress led the festivities, where they received greetings for 2018 from the Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe; the heads of the National Diet chambers (the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors); lawmakers and foreign ambassadors listed to Japan. This … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Japan Gains A New Crown Princess

  June 9, 2017 at 4:00 am by

On June 9, 1993, Japan gained a new Crown Princess as the country’s Crown Prince Naruhito married his long-time love, Masako Owada, in a traditional Shinto ceremony at the Kashikodokoro shrine in the Tokyo Imperial Palace. The newlywed couple, after changing from traditional Japanese wedding robes, then reported their marriage to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, the groom’s parents, who in accordance with tradition did not attend the actual ceremony. … Continue reading

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Princess Aiko Joins Parents At Wheelchair Basketball Championship

  May 5, 2017 at 7:51 pm by

Japan’s Princess Aiko accompanied her parents, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, to the 45th Japanese Wheelchair Basketball Championships at a gymnasium in Shibuya Ward. The royal trio watched from the stand during the matches before going into the training rooms to speak with the players and coaches. Princess Aiko appeared very interested in the sport, asking the players about their training and the reasons why they chose basketball as a … Continue reading

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Princess Aiko Begins High School Education

  April 8, 2017 at 6:27 am by

The rain couldn’t take the smile of 15-year-old Princess Aiko of Japan’s face this morning as she arrived at Gakushuin Girls’ Senior High School where she will undertake her secondary education. Joined by her parents, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, the Princess was attending the entrance ceremony for the 200 students who will begin at the school next week. “I want to lead a fulfilling high school life with … Continue reading

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Spanish Monarchs Begin State Visit to Japan

  April 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm by

The King and Queen of Spain officially began their state visit to Japan on Wednesday, with a traditional welcoming at the Tokyo Imperial Palace by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were also present at the welcoming. In the afternoon, King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited the National Museum of Science and Innovation to see projects that have been … Continue reading

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Japan’s Princess Aiko Completes Her Junior High School Education

  March 22, 2017 at 7:16 am by

Princess Aiko of Japan today graduated from junior high school in a ceremony at the Gakushuin Girls’ Junior High School in Tokyo. Attending the ceremony were her proud parents, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. The 15-year-old Princess briefly spoke to reporters upon her arrival, saying that she had “enjoyed the past three years because I was fortunate to have good teachers and friends” at the school. Aiko’s essay for … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito Celebrates 83rd Birthday With Record-Breaking Crowd

  December 23, 2016 at 5:29 am by

Japanese Emperor Akihito today celebrates his 83rd birthday, and as is customary, appeared on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo with other members of the Imperial Family to greet well-wishers. 33,000 people crowded into the Palace area to catch a glimpse of the monarch, beating the previous most-attended event in 2009 to mark the Emperor’s 20th anniversary on the throne (just over 30,000 people attended that event). Appearing … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Japan: Day Three and Four

  October 13, 2016 at 11:25 am by

On the third day of the state visit, on Wednesday October 12, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, along with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, travelled by train to Yuki, a city in the north of Japan. In Yuki they visited a textile industry where they were given a demostration about the creation of a traditional woven silk textile called Yuki-tsugumi. Back in Tokyo, Queen Mathilde attended a seminar to … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Japan: Day 2

  October 11, 2016 at 8:11 pm by

Today Tuesday October 11, second day of the state visit, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were officially welcomed by the Japanese Imperial Family. The welcoming ceremony was held in the courtyard of the Imperial Palace in the presence of Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. After the inspection of the guards and the playing of the national anthems, a private meeting took place inside … Continue reading

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Japanese Crown Princely Family Pay Homage to Emperor Jimmu

  July 21, 2016 at 7:23 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako and Princess Aiko of Japan have paid homage to Japan’s first Emperor, Jimmu, at his shrine in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture. Dressed in formal attire, the family bowed deeply to Emperor Jimmu’s – who died 2,600 years ago – shrine during the worship, in which they offered tree branches to the shrine. This was 14-year-old Princess Aiko’s first visit to the shrine, according to Asahi. They … Continue reading

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Happy and Relaxed at a Conservation Event!

  June 12, 2016 at 5:39 pm by

Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako have today visited the city of Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, north-east of Tokyo to attend a conservation event.  During the visit, Crown Prince Naruhito made a speech in which he spoke of the importance of involving a large range of people in the conservation of greenery and water resources. Later, Their Imperial Highnesses planted a tree in a ceremony held at … Continue reading

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Japan’s Imperial Family Host Spring Garden Party

  April 27, 2016 at 9:52 am by

Members of the Japanese Imperial Family today hosted their annual spring garden party at the Akasaka Palace attended by hundreds of guests from Japanese society. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko led all the adult members of the family as they mingled with guests throughout the afternoon. In traditional form, the Imperial ladies all donned suits in neutral and pastel shades of cream, greens and blues. Only Princess Tsuguko went a different way, … Continue reading

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Shinto Rites Honour Japan’s First Emperor

  April 4, 2016 at 5:46 am by

Their Imperial Majesties, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko spent the weekend in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture in Japan to take part in official ceremonies to commemorate the 2,600th anniversary of the death of Emperor Jimmu.  The ceremonies formed part of the annual Shinto rites that Emperor Akihito and the Imperial family is obliged to perform and through which ancestors are honoured and worshipped. Emperor Jimmu’s life is shrouded in myth and … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Crown Prince Naruhito!

  February 23, 2016 at 10:24 am by

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan celebrates his 56th birthday today and marked the occasion with a customary press conference, together with the release of a new video showing the heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne chatting happily with his wife, Crown Princess Masako and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Princess Aiko. In the press conference, the Crown Prince expressed his hopes that the the people still affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami living … Continue reading

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Japanese Emperor Celebrates Birthday

  December 23, 2015 at 8:49 pm by

The Emperor of Japan today celebrated his 82nd birthday, and was warmly celebrated by his family and the Japanese public. Appearing on the balcony of the Imperial Palace’s Chōwaden Reception Hall, Emperor Akihito briefly addressed the crowd of around 23,000 that had gathered below, wishing that “the coming year will be a bright one for everybody.” Empress Michiko, the Crown Prince Couple and Prince and Princess Akishino were also present on the … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Masako Joins Family at Autumn Garden Party

  November 12, 2015 at 9:50 pm by

Crown Princess Masako of Japan today attended the annual autumn garden party at Akasaka Palace along with other members of the Imperial Family. Dressed in a vibrant purple outfit with matching hat, the Crown Princess stood out from the crowd in what was her first appearance at the garden party since 2003. View image | gettyimages.com The Emperor and Empress hosted the party, where invited members of Japanese society meet the Imperial … Continue reading

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Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako Visit Fukushima

  October 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako visited Fukushima today. During their visit, the couple visited the senior high school where they toured the school and met with students that are learning about reconstruction tasks. The Crown Prince and Princess also visited a tomato farm in Iwaki City. The visit of the Crown Prince couple is to check on the progress of the rebuilding of the area after the earthquake … Continue reading

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Japan’s Crown Prince Couple Visits The Musee du Louvre Exhibition

  May 26, 2015 at 11:51 am by

Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan visited the exhibition Musée du Louvre: Peinture de Genre – Scènes de la vie Quotidienne which is being held at the The National Art Center. The exhibition has 83 art works which has been borrowed from the Musée du Louvre’s collection.

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