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 was the final year that Princess Mako, elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, will attend the New Year’s event, as she will marry in November and leave the Imperial Family. Crown Princess Masako was photographed arriving to the Palace with her husband, but did not attend the event proper.

Earlier, new photographs of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko with the Naruhito and Akishino branches of their family were released to mark the New Year.

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One Response to Imperial Family Gather For New Year’s Greetings at Palace

  1. Natalya says:

    Happy New Year to the Imperial Family of Japan ! May the year 2018 be happy, successful and fruitful for every Prince and Princess of this honorable Family and the Emperor and the Empress, in particular ! Long Live Japanese Royals and the people of the beautiful country !

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