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Old 12-23-2019, 05:07 PM
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I agree. I wonder how long this birthday agenda will continue... Empress Emerita Michiko's birthday schedule was probably similar before most events were cancelled following Typhoon No. 19.

Here's Akihito's 85th birthday schedule as emperor in 2018. After abdication, these 7 events were eliminated:
- 9am worship at Imperial Palace Sanctuaries
- 3 balcony appearances for general public greetings (10:20, 11, 11:40am)
- greetings from adult Imperial family, former Imperial family, and relatives (10:30, 10:40am)
- tea with diplomatic corps (3pm)

ETA: Japan's former Emperor Akihito turns 86 - Kyodo News

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[...] The former emperor continues to live in the Imperial Palace but has largely withdrawn from public life since his abdication on April 30, a day before his elder son Emperor Naruhito ascended the throne.

Although he suffered a bout of cerebral anemia in July, he has regained his health and takes a walk around his residence in the early morning every day with former Empress Michiko, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

[...]

The imperial couple has been preparing to move to the Takanawa Imperial Residence in Tokyo's Minato Ward by late March.

The former emperor sometimes plays cello to piano accompaniment by the former empress. He also frequents a biology research institute inside the Imperial Palace to continue his study on the goby fish and plans to compile new academic papers, the agency said.

He has attended concerts and art exhibitions in his private time as well as the third-place match of the Rugby World Cup in November.

[...]
ETA: Emperor Emeritus Turns 86, Happy with Successful Succession Events - JIJI PRESS

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Japanese Emperor Emeritus Akihito turned 86 on Monday and now feels happy as a series of events for the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, his eldest son, have been carried out successfully.

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The Emperor Emeritus does research on a goby at the Biological Laboratory at the palace two or three times a week to write a research paper.

On top of a routine walk in the palace in the morning, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko continue their practice of reading a book aloud in turns for a short time after breakfast. They are now working on "Kotoba no Saijiki" (Yearly Chronicle of Words) of the late Japanese literary critic Kenkichi Yamamoto.
Glad to hear that the Emperor Emeritus has remained active and that his wish for more free time for his goby research has been fulfilled. I will miss the press conferences held on his (and the empress's) birthday; do you know if they have ceased owing to protocol or simply to reduce the strain along with the other pared birthday activities?


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I can't find the original article but some tabloids speculated about marriage trouble when Sayako's husband Yoshiki was seen eating alone at Ootoya restaurants which focuses on Japanese comfort food. In addition, he did not attend Empress Michiko's 83rd birthday dinner in 2017 although he was originally on the schedule.

Another publication dailyshincho.jp followed up on the fuss in March 2018 and it was much ado about nothing. Mr. Kuroda lives near the neighborhood and frequents the restaurant, often ordering the set meal with chicken and black vinegar vegetable, sometimes dining alone for 900 yen. He missed Empress Michiko's birthday dinner due to overtime.

Women's magazine Jisin report summarizes the media stories. Allegedly Empress Michiko reads the newspapers daily and is an avid Internet user so she's reading such articles/comments about Princess Mako and Kei Komuro, dual authority issues, bullying Masako, and moving stress.

Jisin publishes the problematic stories, some examples:

Jisin 1 - A day after being discharged from the hospital for breast cancer surgery, Empress Michiko attended Crown Princess Kiko's 53rd birthday dinner. Mako's not talking to Kiko so Michiko allegedly wanted to use the family dinner to somehow influence Mako.

Jisin 2 - Moving headache. Despite recovering from breast cancer surgery, Empress Michiko is working late preparing for the move. 30 years worth of packing and organizing. When Michiko and Akihito moved to the Imperial Residence in December 1993, they needed some 100 trucks. This move will need about the same but Takanawa Imperial Residence is smaller.

Jisin 3: Princess Mako made 2 trips to the Imperial Palace on July 5 before her official visit to Peru. Allegedly she worshipped at the sanctuaries in the morning, returned home to Akasaka Estate, then visited her grandparents around 1pm at the Imperial Residence for unknown reasons and then returned to Akasaka Estate to visit the Imperial couple. Rather inefficient... Anyway, some "friend" claims Michiko confessed she's worried about her grandchild (doesn't say which grandchild but assumed to be Mako)

Jisin's Imperial House tag includes various articles about Akishino family troubles, Kiko trusts Mako less so that's why Hisahito accompanied Kako to a speech contest recently instead of one of Mako's events, etc.

Jprime's Imperial House tag - mostly Akishino family troubles, Kei Komuro problem, Kako's dancing, engagement rumor for Tsuguko

kikunomon.news seems to be made up of former Imperial / weekly magazine authors - more Akishino family troubles, apparently Kiko "rushed" to Hisako following Tsuguko's engagement rumor asking them to consider Mako's feelings, Michiko allegedly opposes the University of Tokyo for Aiko...


My utmost thanks for your summaries of magazine articles. Whether their stories are substantiated or not, they are a vital element of the public's views of the imperial family.

Most of the above stories frankly sound rather anodyne, although perhaps an individual as dedicated to her position and concerned with her family's reputation as the Empress Emerita is said to be might experience stress from prolonged exposure to even bland gossip (especially if retirement has left her with even more time to avidly read the Internet and newspapers as Jisin claims she does).

It is interesting, although not surprising, that the stories generally sound as if they center on the female members of the family (for example, one would expect any narrative about Mako and Kei issues to feature her father prominently, more so than her mother).
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Old 12-24-2019, 12:33 AM
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Glad to hear that the Emperor Emeritus has remained active and that his wish for more free time for his goby research has been fulfilled. I will miss the press conferences held on his (and the empress's) birthday; do you know if they have ceased owing to protocol or simply to reduce the strain along with the other pared birthday activities?
I suspect protocol and reducing events. Imperial press conferences are more like monologues anyway.
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My utmost thanks for your summaries of magazine articles. Whether their stories are substantiated or not, they are a vital element of the public's views of the imperial family.

Most of the above stories frankly sound rather anodyne, although perhaps an individual as dedicated to her position and concerned with her family's reputation as the Empress Emerita is said to be might experience stress from prolonged exposure to even bland gossip (especially if retirement has left her with even more time to avidly read the Internet and newspapers as Jisin claims she does).

It is interesting, although not surprising, that the stories generally sound as if they center on the female members of the family (for example, one would expect any narrative about Mako and Kei issues to feature her father prominently, more so than her mother).
You're very welcome! Yeah, women get the brunt of criticism. Crown Prince Akishino is mentioned occasionally since his birthday press conference basically set a February deadline for Mako and Kei Komuro to respond somehow. However, Crown Princess Kiko gets most of the negativity, particularly about HER child-rearing policy.
Nothing about Emperor Emeritus Akihito. Apparently the magazines consider him off-limits. He seems to be unconcerned about Mako's situation while Michiko's risking her health interfering.

This kikunomon.news article is an example of Michiko allegedly bullying Masako. It claims Michiko praised Kiko in front of Masako at Masako's 56th birthday dinner on December 9, saying Masako's success was due to Kiko's efforts.

Back to Emperor Emeritus Akihito's 86th birthday: Imperial family arrivals at the Imperial Palace for greetings and lunch. Princess Yuriko and Princess Nobuko did not attend due to cough symptoms. [Kyodo]

In the evening, Princess Aiko and Prince Hisahito arrived with their parents for the minor greetings at 6:30pm.

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Old 01-30-2020, 12:19 AM
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Japan's former Emperor Akihito briefly loses consciousness - Kyodo News
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Former Emperor Akihito temporarily lost consciousness and collapsed at his residence in Tokyo on Wednesday but a subsequent medical checkup found no abnormalities, the Imperial Household Agency said. [...]
Sankei report:
- Emperor Emeritus Akihito lost consciousness and collapsed at Fukiage Sento Imperial Palace in the evening of January 29.
- Empress Emerita Michiko was in the room and called for the physician with an emergency buzzer.
- When the physician rushed in, the retired Emperor was still unconscious and his breathing resembled snoring.
- Emperor Emeritus Akihito regained consciousness and was taken to the bedroom on a stretcher for further examination.
- He feels well on January 30 and ate breakfast as usual.
- On the morning of January 30th, he had a head MRI and examination with a specialist at the Imperial Household Agency Hospital which did not reveal any diagnosis about what caused the lost of consciousness.

Wishing Emperor Emeritus Akihito a speedy recovery and good health.

ETA: Akihito given MRI brain scan after fainting at his residence:The Asahi Shimbun
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Emperor Emeritus Akihito underwent an MRI brain scan on Jan. 30 after fainting the previous evening at his residence in the Imperial Palace grounds.

Officials of the Imperial Household Agency said Empress Emerita Michiko was by her husband's side at the time and summoned a doctor with the agency who found Akihito still unconscious and making sounds like snoring.

Akihito, 86, later regained consciousness, but agency officials conducted the MRI scan at the Imperial Household Hospital. Although no signs were found of a stroke, agency officials will continue to monitor his health. [...]
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Old 03-13-2020, 03:30 AM
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Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko will leave Fukiage Sento Imperial Palace on March 19. They will stay at Hayama Imperial Villa in Kanagawa Prefecture and the Imperial Stock Farm in Tochigi Prefecture until the 31st. Afterward, the retired couple will live at Takanawa Imperial Residence, which will be renamed Sento Temporary Imperial Palace, for about a year and a half.

Renovations for Fukiage Sento Imperial Palace (formerly Imperial Residence) will begin after April and take 9 months.

After Emperor Naruhito's family moves to the Imperial Residence, his current residence Akasaka Imperial Palace (formerly Togu Palace) will be renovated in 4 months for Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko. When the retired Imperial couple move in, the residence will be renamed Sento Imperial Palace.

Source: Sankei

Photos: Mainichi, Asahi

Ex-Japan Emperor, Empress to Move from Imperial Palace | Nippon.com
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Old 03-19-2020, 01:34 AM
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On March 19th, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko left the Imperial Palace shortly after 10am. Emperor Naruhito's family, Crown Prince Akishino's family, and Sayako Kuroda arrived earlier to attend the send off at Fukiage Sento Imperial Palace.

IHA staff and police lined up before Inui Gate to bid farewell as the motorcade drove past. Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko will stay at Hayama Imperial Villa and the Imperial Stock Farm while their belongings are moved. When they return to Tokyo on March 31, they will live at Takanawa Imperial residence.

NHK reported the IHA did not reveal details of the couple's schedule to prevent people from gathering along the route, a precaution against coronavirus.

Getty Images, Getty Images 2 <-- the caption is wrong, Emperor Naruhito's family isn't moving yet.

Japan's former emperor, empress move out of palace after 26 yrs - Kyodo News
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Prior to moving, they donated to museums some of the roughly 4,000 gifts they received from foreign dignitaries before Emperor Akihito, 86, abdicated on April 30 last year, the first Japanese monarch to step down in around 200 years.
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Old 03-26-2020, 01:56 AM
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Around 3pm on March 25th, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko arrived at JR Utsunomiya Station in Tochigi Prefecture.
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:33 AM
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It's certainly going to be a big change the the former Emperor and Empress, but perhaps less of a wrench than their move into the palace all those years ago from what had essentially been their family home where they raised their children.
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It's certainly going to be a big change the the former Emperor and Empress, but perhaps less of a wrench than their move into the palace all those years ago from what had essentially been their family home where they raised their children.
Good point. Still, I remember thinking when reading
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Asahi reports on the daily lives of the retired Imperial couple. Emperor Emeritus Akihito visits the Imperial Palace's biology laboratory to study goby. Empress Emerita Michiko cherishes time spent with friends. They are preparing to move to Takanawa Imperial residence. Each day they spend time organizing their belongings, such as deciding what to keep and what to donate to research institutions, specifically academic books and specimens gifted by heads of state.
that it must be have been bittersweet to reminisce over decades of memories from around the world while selecting which ones to part with.


On a side note, could anyone direct me to a map of the imperial residences? I am curious about how closely in proximity the members of the imperial family live to one another.
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Old 03-28-2020, 04:17 AM
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Good point. Still, I remember thinking when reading

that it must be have been bittersweet to reminisce over decades of memories from around the world while selecting which ones to part with.


On a side note, could anyone direct me to a map of the imperial residences? I am curious about how closely in proximity the members of the imperial family live to one another.
About 6.8 - 8.8km by car (~14 minutes) depends on route according to Google Maps.

A twitter thread from last year about Imperial residences. Most families live at Akasaka Estate.

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On March 31st, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko returned to Tokyo and arrived at Sento Temporary Imperial Palace around 4pm. [Jiji]

The IHA reports plants with significance to the couple were transplanted to the garden from the Imperial Palace, such as seeds from regions impacted by the 2011 earthquake and Princess Michiko roses.

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Old 04-01-2020, 08:20 AM
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Hopefully the Emperor Emeritus and Empress Emerita will be able to relax and settle in to their new housing for a while. That's a lovely detail about the plantings that were moved to the garden of their new temporary home. The Princess Michiko rose is a very pretty, compact plant, I hope it gives them a lot of pleasure (and not too much blackspot!)
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Akihito, Michiko concerned about medical workers in pandemic : The Asahi Shimbun
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Under strict precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko have expressed concerns about health care workers and others affected by the pandemic, the Imperial Household Agency said.

The couple moved to a temporary residence in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on March 31 from their residence on the Imperial Palace, where they had lived for 26 years.

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Akihito, 86, and Michiko, 85, have followed the “stay home” campaign urged by the government.

They had planned to regularly visit the Imperial Palace to take strolls and do some research.

But they have abandoned the plan until the pandemic is brought under control. They also rarely have visitors to the new residence.

Their aides who commute to the residence wear masks all the time to protect the elderly couple against infection.

“They remain highly vigilant, including on their commute, not to bring the virus to the residence,” an official with the agency said.

Akihito and Michiko have no particular health problems at the moment, according to the agency.

They have given thoughts toward workers who are playing a crucial role in maintaining society during the pandemic, the agency added.

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It seems that even after retirement, the emeritus couple still wish to share in the experiences of the people and voice their concerns on social issues to some extent.
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That is both good - and unfortunately needed...

I guess we all recall the government's lack of precautions in regards to exposing members of the public to radioactivity, including milk to school children, after the tsunami and the Fukashima disaster.

Then Emperor Akihito managed to address his concerns in that regards - something that wasn't popular with the government.
He has also on several occasions managed to distance himself from the rising nationalism in Japan, including downplaying Japanese atrocities during WWII, something that infuriated Japan's neighbors. - That wasn't popular either.
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That is both good - and unfortunately needed...

I guess we all recall the government's lack of precautions in regards to exposing members of the public to radioactivity, including milk to school children, after the tsunami and the Fukashima disaster.

Then Emperor Akihito managed to address his concerns in that regards - something that wasn't popular with the government.
He has also on several occasions managed to distance himself from the rising nationalism in Japan, including downplaying Japanese atrocities during WWII, something that infuriated Japan's neighbors. - That wasn't popular either.
Indeed! Given his history of subtly airing his concerns, I wondered if the comment was an implication that health care workers were overburdened or insufficiently protected - but I haven't seen reports of concerns about the Japanese health care system.
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On May 28th, Emperor Emeritus Akihito visited the Institute of Biology at the Imperial Palace for about 90 minutes. He left around 11:40am. Japan lifted its state of emergency for coronavirus (COVID-19) on Monday.

The former emperor used to visit the Institute of Biology 2-3 times a week before moving to Takanawa Imperial residence and the increase in coronavirus infections.

Japan's former Emperor Akihito visits palace for 1st time since March - Kyodo News

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On June 3rd, Emperor Emeritus Akihito visited the biology research institute at the Imperial Palace in the morning to study fish.

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Emperor Emeritus Akihito discovered a new species of Okinawa goby fish. It's his 9th new species discovery, the 1st since 2003 and 1st since abdication. The former emperor's research staff collected fish in waters near Okinawa over 10 years ago. Emperor Emeritus Akihito investigated the number and pattern of sensory arrangements on the heads to determine it was a new species.

He began writing a paper in earnest after abdication and it is expected to be published within the year. As Crown Prince, Akihito published papers almost every year but during his reign, his busy schedule only allowed for 7 goby-related papers.

Source: Yomiuri

Emperor Emeritus Akihito visits the Biology Research Institute 1-2 times a week, most recently on July 13 according to Sankei Imperial Weekly 650.
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Emperor Emeritus Akihito discovered a new species of Okinawa goby fish. It's his 9th new species discovery, the 1st since 2003 and 1st since abdication. The former emperor's research staff collected fish in waters near Okinawa over 10 years ago. Emperor Emeritus Akihito investigated the number and pattern of sensory arrangements on the heads to determine it was a new species.

He began writing a paper in earnest after abdication and it is expected to be published within the year. As Crown Prince, Akihito published papers almost every year but during his reign, his busy schedule only allowed for 7 goby-related papers.

Source: Yomiuri

Emperor Emeritus Akihito visits the Biology Research Institute 1-2 times a week, most recently on July 13 according to Sankei Imperial Weekly 650.
Congratulations to His Majesty!

It seems he has a genuine passion for science and it is not a merely a suitable hobby to occupy the time.
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On August 28th, Emperor Emeritus Akihito visited the biology research institute at the Imperial Palace to study goby fish.

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