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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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Emperor Akihito To Abdicate In April 2019

  December 1, 2017 at 5:42 am by

Following a meeting of the Imperial Household Council on Friday morning, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, has announced that Emperor Akihito will abdicate the throne on April 30, 2019. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will succeed the throne the following day, May 1. Emperor Akihito, who will be 85 when his abdication comes around, announced his wish to abdicate in a video broadcast to the Japanese people in August 2016. … Continue reading

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Guestlist for the Cremation Ceremony of King Rama IX

  October 26, 2017 at 2:29 am by

The cremation ceremony of king Rama IX of Thailand will be attended by members of 16 royal families. The royal guests started to arrive yesterday. Sixteen royal houses will be represented. The foreign royal guestlist is as follows: Belgium: Queen Mathilde Bahrein: Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa  (Prime Minister of Bahrain) Bhutan: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wanchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema Denmark: Crown Prince Frederik Japan: Prince and Princess … Continue reading

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Princess Mako’s First Official Duty Post-Engagement Confirmation

  May 22, 2017 at 6:04 am by

Japan’s Princess Mako today made her first official public appearance since last week’s announcement that she is engaged to be married to her long-time boyfriend. The Princess joined her parents, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo. The royal grouping viewed a special exhibition entitled ‘Treasures of the Natural World – Best of London’s Natural History Museum’ that consists of 180 pieces … Continue reading

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Imperial Family Attends New Year’s Lectures

  January 11, 2017 at 9:24 pm by

Emperor Akihito has led members of the Imperial Family during the annual Kosho Hajime no Gi (New Year’s Lectures) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo today. Attending were the Empress, Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Prince and Princess Hitachi. The family listened to three lectures from professors of the University of Tokyo and the Waseda University, on the topics of French literature, political science and … 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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Prince Hisahito Joins Parents On Visit To Niigata Prefecture

  August 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm by

Japan’s 9-year-old Prince Hisahito has joined his parents, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, on a three-day visit to the Niigata Prefecture in the centre of the country. They paid a visit to the Niigata Prefectural Museum, where they were shown exhibitions focusing on the snowy life and culture of the prefecture, and got to inspect Jōmon period (12,000 BC-300BC) artefacts. The museum’s purpose is to teach visitors about the prefecture’s “anthropology, archaeology, folklore and history.” … Continue reading

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Imperial Visit Continues in Florence!

  May 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm by

Their Imperial Highnesses, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan continued their official visit to Italy yesterday when they visited the city of Florence. Famed for its exquisite architecture, museums and art galleries, it is thought to be the birthplace of the Renaissance. Florence is also renowned as place for the restoration of ancient and rare art and artefacts – in Italy itself and from around the world. And so … Continue reading

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Music and Culture in Italy for the Imperial Visitors!

  May 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm by

Yesterday, Their Imperial Highnesses, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan continued their visit to Italy in connection with the 150th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Italy with a round of cultural engagements when they visited the city of Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The visit started at the International Museum and Library of Music at Palazzo Sanguinity, where the Prince and Princess were greeted by the … Continue reading

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A Visit from Japan to Italy…and The Vatican!

  May 12, 2016 at 11:21 am by

Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan are currently on a week-long official visit to Italy to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Japan and Italy. The Imperial couple set off from Haneda airport on Tuesday and, upon their arrival the next day, were greeted by the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the Palazzo Chigi. For the occasion, Princess Kiko wore … 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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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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Prince Akishino Turns 50

  November 30, 2015 at 3:00 am by

Prince Akishino turns 50 today. Born on November 30, 1965 in Tokyo, he is the second son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michio and is second inline to the throne. He studies elementary and secondary years at the Gakushuin. In April 1984, he entered the Gakushuin University he majored and graduated law and biology. October 1988 to June 1990, he studied the taxonomy of fish at St John’s College, Oxford … 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 Akishino and Princess Kiko On Brazilian Visit

  October 28, 2015 at 10:47 pm by

Prince and Princess Akishino of Japan have begun a ten-day official visit to Brazil, to mark 120 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The couple arrived in São Paulo earlier this morning; their first visit was to Ibirapuera Park where they laid a wreath at the Monument to Japanese Immigration Pioneers and planted a commemorative tree. View image | gettyimages.com During their visit, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will … Continue reading

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Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko Attend A Memorial Service

  May 25, 2015 at 5:15 am by

Earlier today, Japanese Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko attended an annual memorial service at Tokyo’s Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery. During the service, the Prince and Princess prayed for the 2,498 unidentified soldiers who died during World War II. The ceremony was sponsored by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. View image | gettyimages.com Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko arrive for the memorial service, May 25.

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