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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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Imperial Family Hosts Indonesian President

  March 23, 2015 at 7:44 pm by

The President of Indonesia is currently on an official visit to Japan, where he and his wife were welcomed by the Imperial Family. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko greeted President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Widodo at the Imperial Palace earlier today. After an audience between the two couples, Empress Michiko led her guests into the Ninomaru Garden where they fed the carp fishes which live in the garden ponds. … Continue reading

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The Duke of Cambridge Meets with Japanese Emperor

  February 27, 2015 at 8:18 pm by

Continuing his visit to Japan, Prince William today met with members of the Imperial Family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. “Your Majesty, very nice to see you again. Thank you for having me,” the Duke said after bowing to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon his arrival for lunch. He then had an audience and tea with Crown Prince Naruhito. Prior to his meetings with the Imperial Family, the … Continue reading

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Dutch Monarch Begins State Visit to Japan

  October 29, 2014 at 10:25 pm by

The Dutch King and Queen today began their state visit to Japan, which will last until Friday. On hand for the welcoming ceremony at Imperial Palace were Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. Both Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Masako wore shades of orange – the Queen in a burnt-orange silk dress paired with her signature turban-style headwear, the Crown Princess in a traditional peach … Continue reading

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Emperor and Empress in India

  December 5, 2013 at 12:41 am by

The Emperor and Empress of Japan have spent the past few days in India on the first official visit by a Japanese head of state to the nation. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were farewelled at Haneda Airport on November 30 by the senior members of the Imperial Family, before being greeted at AFS Palam in New Delhi by the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, and his wife, Gursharan Kaur. … Continue reading

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Japanese Emperor and Empress to Visit India

  November 28, 2013 at 12:21 am by

The Emperor and Empress of Japan are set to begin a six-day official visit to India on Saturday. It will be the first visit to the nation by a Japanese head of state. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are making the visit to celebrate last year’s sixtieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and India. They will spend four days in Delhi, meeting with the Indian President and Prime Minister, … Continue reading

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Japan’s Emperor Attends War Victim Memorial

  August 15, 2013 at 5:39 am by

The Emperor of Japan today attended a memorial service at the Budokan Martial Arts Arena in Tokyo, to commemorate victims of war. Emperor Akihito was joined by his wife, Empress Michiko, for the annual service. It takes place each year on August 15th, the anniversary of the day Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces in World War II. The pair offered silent prayers, leading 6,000 people in a minute’s silence. The … Continue reading

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Belgian Economic Mission to Japan, Days Three and Four

  June 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm by

On the third day of the Economic Mission to Japan, June 12, Crown Prince Philippe attended the inauguration of the collaboration between GSK Vaccines and Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical at the Japan Vaccine Company Head Office. GSK Vaccines is specialized in the research, development and production of innovative prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines. Then the Prince had lunch at the Keidanren Head Office, the Japan Business Federation, when he attended meetings with … Continue reading

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Albert II and Fiancee in Japan

  November 2, 2010 at 3:19 am by

Prince Albert II of Monaco has brought his bride-to-be, Charlene Wittstock, to the Palace of Tokyo, where she was introduced to the Emperor and Empress of Japan. There aren’t many royals who make Grimaldis seem tall, but Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko certainly do! Their Imperial Majesties stood approximately a head shorter than the Prince and Miss Wittstock, who visited Japan in order to attend the X Conference of the … Continue reading

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Japenese Royals Start the New Year With Cheers

  January 5, 2010 at 9:09 pm by

The Japanese Royal Family marked the new year in several ways. On January 1st the Imperial Household Agency released several family pictures that were taken earlier in December. The pictures show the emperor and the empress, surrounded by their sons Naruhito and Akishino with their families. On saturday the Imperial family appeared at the bullet proof balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, where they were cheered at by a … Continue reading

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President Obama visits Japan, meets with Emperor Akihito

  November 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm by

Barack Obama concluded his two-day visit to Japan – the first country he visited on his nine-day Asian tour. Speaking in front 1,500 people in Tokyo Concert Hall, Obama promised an “unshakable” commitment to Asian security and re-affirmed the alliance between Japan and the United States. During his speech, Barack Obama touched some lighter topics as well; he shared with the audiences his memories of a childhood visit to Japan … Continue reading

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20th Anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s Accession to the Throne

  November 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm by

Tens of thousands of well-wishers lined the streets of Tokyo on Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s accession to the throne. On November 12, 1990 Emperor Akihito performed the Sokuirei (Ceremony of Enthronement), which marked the official beginning of his reign. Parades, concerts and speeches by politicians, dignitaries, businessmen, leading athletes and actors marked the colourful festivities that lasted most of the day. The celebrations started with … Continue reading

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Imperial Family Welcomes Guests to Garden Party, Celebrates Anniversaries

  October 23, 2009 at 2:18 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko welcomed 1,699 distinguished guests to their annual Autumn Garden Party at the Akasaka Gyoen garden. Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, Princess Takamado and Princess Akiko of Mikasa attended the party as well. The guests included actress Mitsuko Mori, astronaut Koichi Wakata and director Yojiro Takita. The Emperor broke the rule of never inquiring about a lady’s age and asked Mitsuko Mori: “You’re almost 90, aren’t you?” … Continue reading

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Empress Michiko’s birthday wish – a nuclear-free world

  October 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm by

On her 75th birthday, Empress Michiko issued a call for the abolition of atomic weapons and expressed hope that one day we’ll all live in a nuclear-free world. The Empress noted: “The horrors of nuclear weapons are not only the magnitude of their destruction but also the serious and tragic effects of radiation that leaves victims suffering long. I think Japan, the country that has been hit by atomic bombs, … Continue reading

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Empress Michiko’s 75th Birthday

  October 19, 2009 at 3:11 pm by

Michiko Shōda was born on October 20, 1934 to Hidesaburo and Fumiko Shōda. She first attended Futaba Elementary School and then Seishin University, which she graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Japanese Literature. Michiko also attended courses at Harvard and Oxford Universities. Her fist encounter with Crown Prince Akihito was quite accidental: the Crown Prince and his friend Kenji Ishizuka played a doubles tennis game against a young French … Continue reading

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Emperor & Empress at 50th Anniversary of Japanese Ex-Pat Convention

  October 16, 2009 at 6:42 pm by

On October 14, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a gathering in Tokyo to mark the 50th anniversary of a convention for Japanese people living abroad. Some 200 people of Japanese descent from 20 counties attended the assembly. The Emperor stressed the importance of immigrants for helping other countries understand Japan better. He reminded that the history of Japanese emigration had started 141 years ago, when the first Japanese immigrants … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito takes his grandson for a little sea excursion

  September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko invited Princess Kiko and little Prince Hisahito to join them for a little sea excursion near the Imperial Villa in the town of Hayama, south of Tokyo. The Imperial Family took a small boat they rowed themselves for the excursion; the boat had been used by Emperor Showa for his research of sea creatures. After they returned, the family proudly watched as 3-years-old Prince Hisahito … Continue reading

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The Japanese Imperial Couple’s Three Day Visit to the Hawaiian Islands

  July 16, 2009 at 4:10 am by

It’s been fifteen years since Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Hawaiian Islands, and like their last visit the Imperial couple were greeted with much fanfare. Arriving at Hickam Air Force Base, the Emperor and Empress were officially welcomed by Gov. Linda Lingle, along with other local notables, who presented the couple with a traditional leis which were entwined with delicate local flowers and Maile leaves. Minutes later the … Continue reading

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