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State Visit to Japan On Belgian King and Queen’s Agenda

  August 15, 2016 at 7:30 am by

It has been announced that King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians will pay a state visit to Japan this October, on the invitation of Emperor Akihito. The visit will take place between October 9 to 15, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries and to “further develop the relationship of friendship, goodwill and cooperation that our countries have built in a variety of fields”, … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito Addresses the Nation

  August 8, 2016 at 6:00 am by

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan has made a televised address to the people of Japan in connection with his personal views relating to his role as Emperor. The address was pre-recorded before being televised throughout Japan earlier today.  It was only the second such address he has made since ascending the Chrysanthemum Throne 28 years ago – the first being in 2011 when the Emperor sought to give reassurance and … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Diet Session Opened by the Japanese Emperor

  August 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm by

Emperor Akihito has opened the extraordinary Diet session in Tokyo today, welcoming newly elected lawmakers into the Upper House. The Emperor, as per tradition, delivered an opening speech in front of the individuals responsible for electing the country’s Prime Minister (Shinzō Abe remains in the Prime Ministership after taking the position in December 2012). It is believed the Emperor will make a televised address on August 8th in relation to recent … Continue reading

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An Abdication Coming In Japan?

  July 13, 2016 at 10:26 am by

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has written today that 82-year-old Emperor Akihito has plans to abdicate the throne in the “next few years”. According to their sources, the Emperor has been discussing the matter with his close aides and would like to abdicate before becoming “too frail to carry out duties fully”, passing the throne to his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Emperor Akihito has been on the throne since the … Continue reading

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Formal Dress for Emperor and Empress at Awards Ceremony

  June 14, 2016 at 6:21 am by

Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 72nd Japan Art Academy Awards Ceremony yesterday in Tokyo. Their Majesties were dressed formally, with the Emperor wearing a black morning suit, grey waistcoat and grey tie, whilst the Empress wore a traditional Kimomo in grey silk fabric with fern-green embroidery. The Emperor and Empress both take a keen interest in the arts, most notably for music, and regularly request … Continue reading

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Emperor and Empress Plant Trees in Nagano

  June 5, 2016 at 4:45 pm by

Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan have today visited Nagano Prefecture in central Japan where they attended the 67th National Tree Planting Festival by planting several trees. Nagano Prefecture is right in the heart of Japan.  Completely landlocked and mountainous, it became renowned as an excellent location for winter sports after the 1998 Winter Olympics were held there.  The National Tree Planting Festival took place at the Nagano … Continue reading

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A Nostalgic Visit for the Emperor and Empress

  June 1, 2016 at 8:18 am by

Yesterday, 31st May, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Koganei Park in the Western suburbs of Tokyo for a nostalgic visit to where His Majesty spent some of his youth living and going to school. During the war years, the then Crown Prince Akihito attended Gakushuin Secondary School in the Mejiro district of Tokyo, which was destroyed in an air-raid during the war. The school … Continue reading

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Traditional Tasks for the Emperor and Empress of Japan

  May 29, 2016 at 6:04 pm by

Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan perform a variety of official duties throughout the year, including holding audiences and greeting official guests and heads of state at the Imperial Palace, visiting exhibitions and museums and spending time with the people of Japan in times of need, such as when natural disasters occur in the country. Other duties include performing ceremonial tasks including Shinto rituals to honour … Continue reading

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Emperor and Empress Visit Earthquake Survivors

  May 19, 2016 at 5:11 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have arrived in Kumamoto to offer support and comfort to some of the people affected by the recent earthquake that struck parts of southern Japan. After arriving at Kumamoto Airport, the Imperial couple visited the villages of Minamiaso and Mashiko, just two of dozens of rural places in the area that were affected by the disaster. It was just over a month ago when a … Continue reading

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Busy May Days for the Emperor and Empress!

  May 19, 2016 at 8:28 am by

Last week, it was reported by Japanese news organisation, Mainichi, that the number of meetings and audiences attended by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace would start to be reduced throughout the next year or so and that some of them will instead be carried out by Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. Even so, Their Imperial Majesties have had a busy May so far with … 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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Charity Concert Attended by Imperial Guests

  March 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan attended a charity concert in support of the reconstruction of areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which struck Japan five years ago. The concert took place at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in the district of Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, where their Imperial Majesties watched performances by students from the Fukushima Prefectural Asaka High School, Koryiyama City, together with pianist … Continue reading

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Emperor and Empress Remember 2011 Earthquake Victims

  March 12, 2016 at 5:33 am by

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko yesterday attended a memorial service in Tokyo to remember the thousands of people who lost their lives in the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, on the fifth anniversary of the disaster. A minute’s silence was observed at the moment – 2:46pm – that the earthquake hit in the Pacific Ocean, east of the Tōhoku region. “Many of the people affected by the disaster are … Continue reading

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Imperial Tea Party – with champagne!

  February 27, 2016 at 5:33 am by

Last week, Their Imperial Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan hosted tea party to thank all those who contributed to the success of their recent visit to the Philippines and started everything off with a congratulatory champagne toast. The event, held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, was formal yet relaxed, with the guests smartly dressed and chatting happily with the Imperial couple. Empress Michiko, was as serene and elegant as ever wearing … 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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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Visit Imperial Graveyard

  April 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm by

The Emperor and Empress of Japan today paid a visit to the Musashino Imperial Graveyard in Hachioji, Tokyo. Visiting the cemetery is a tradition following the Japanese Emperor’s return from an overseas trip. The cemetery is the final resting place of Emperor Akihito’s parents, Emperor Hirohito and Empress Kōjun, and his paternal grandparents, Emperor Taishō and Empress Teimei. After their visit to the graveyard, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Takao Mikoromo Hall … Continue reading

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Emperor and Empress of Japan Visit Palau

  April 9, 2015 at 10:39 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are currently in Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean and a former Japanese colony, to mark the upcoming anniversary of the Japanese surrender in World War Two. The purpose of the couple’s visit is to honour the Japanese and American soldiers who died during the Battle of Peleliu between September and November 1944. Almost 11,000 Japanese soldiers and almost 1,600 US soldiers were … Continue reading

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Final Day in Japan for Danish Crown Prince Couple

  March 28, 2015 at 6:49 pm by

The Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark have completed their three-day visit to Japan, attending a Greenlandic fashion show and meeting with the Japanese Imperial Couple. The day began with a visit to the Mode Gakuen fashion and design school, where the couple met with students who work sealskin into their designs. Mode Gakuen has worked with the companies Great Greenland and Kopenhagen Fur to introduce sealskin to Japanese designers. It was … Continue reading

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