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Old 10-20-2022, 03:17 AM
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Old 10-20-2022, 10:48 PM
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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visited Sento Imperial Palace to greet Empress Emerita Michiko on her 88th birthday. They entered Akasaka Estate around 11am on October 20. Crown Prince Akishino couple also visited for greetings on behalf of the Imperial family (no photos since they already live in Akasaka Estate).

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Empress Emerita turns 88 - The Japan News
[...] she and the Emperor Emeritus spent 33 years after their wedding at the estate, where they now admire seasonal flowers, such as roses and sunflowers, while sharing the memories the flowers bring back. After breakfast, she keeps to a daily routine of reading books aloud with the Emperor Emeritus. Currently, she is reading textbooks from the Emperor Emeritus’ elementary school days at Gakushuin Primary School in Tokyo. They also share the reading of six newspapers, each reading three of them and telling each other about interesting stories they have found.

After an earthquake measuring upper 6 on the Japanese seismic scale of 7 occurred off Fukushima Prefecture in March, she was very concerned about the damage it caused [...]

She has also had some sad farewells with people she had befriended, including children’s book author Kyoko Matsuoka, who died in January at 86. The Empress Emerita nurtured a friendship with Matsuoka through their activities in the International Board on Books for Young People, and the two spoke by phone about a week before the author’s death.

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Old 12-22-2022, 09:20 PM
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Emperor Emeritus Akihito turns 89 on December 23.

Birthday photos and video were taken on December 8 at Akasaka Estate.

Photos: Asahi, Mainichi

Statement from IHA
- moved back Akasaka estate and the residence of 33 years before Imperial residence
- continues gobi research, visiting Imperial Palace's biology research institute on Monday and Friday mornings
- participates as much as possible at bimonthly online meeting of the Fish Taxonomy Research Society
- reading, watching sumo, and walking with Empress Emerita on estate and Akasaka State Guest House
- takes cello lessons
- watches TV programs about history, culture, nature, etc. of Japan and internationally
- memories of Queen Elizabeth II
- due to pandemic, only visited exhibitions on Okinawa and Prince Mikasa
- cataract and glaucoma surgeries went well
- medication, restricting fluid intake, and limited exercising to manage heart failure diagnosis
- increased weight since June
- observes court rituals privately
- continues to hold moments of silence on Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing, 2011 and 1995 earthquake, and end of WWII anniversaries, and Okinawa memorial day
- gets schedule and Imperial family updates at 9am daily

Birthday celebrations will be scaled-down due to pandemic. Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, and Crown Prince Akishino couple will visit for birthday greetings, representing the Imperial family greetings per schedule

Japan's former Emperor Akihito turns 89 - Kyodo News
Japan's former Emperor Akihito turned 89 on Friday, after having spent most of the year peacefully with his wife, former Empress Michiko, while pursuing his life's work on goby fish research, the Imperial Household Agency said.

His condition has improved since receiving treatment for a heart failure diagnosis in July. His daily routine includes taking morning and evening walks with his wife at what is now called the Emperor Emeritus' Residence in the Akasaka Estate.


Outside of visits to the hospital and the Imperial Palace, the coronavirus pandemic has limited the former emperor's outings this year to two special exhibits on the 50th anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to Japan from U.S. rule in June, and an exhibit for the late Prince Mikasa in December.


Keeping up to date with the latest news through newspapers and television, the former emperor continues to read aloud from books, recently re-reading a textbook on the Japanese language that he and the former empress studied in the fifth grade.

After dinner, he sometimes reminiscences with his attendants about places he has visited in Japan and abroad while looking through the records from those times, according to the agency.

He has reflected on memories of past trips to Britain, expressing gratitude for the friendship he had built with the late Queen Elizabeth II since her coronation in 1953, the agency said.

Emperor Emeritus turns 89 - The Japan News

Physically, the Emperor Emeritus was diagnosed with right heart failure in July and his condition has gotten better through nonsurgical treatment such as drug therapy, restriction of water intake and limits on physical activity. He is said to be in good condition after undergoing cataract and glaucoma surgery in September. The Emperor Emeritus is now getting more exercise and covers a longer distance in his walks.

To pursue his studies of goby fish, his life’s work, the Emperor Emeritus visits the Biological Laboratory on the Imperial Palace grounds twice a week. One of his research themes is to shed light on the differences in habitat environments for two different species of Gobiidae living in different areas. Whenever possible, he also attends an online meeting of a fish taxonomy research group that is held every other month.

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Old 12-23-2022, 12:16 PM
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The Emperor Emeritus and our King Albert II are the two foreign Royals still alive who attend Queen Elisabeth II 's Coronation !
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Old 01-06-2023, 05:43 PM
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The Emeritus couple had colds in mid and late December. They have largely recovered and attended New Year public greetings on January 2. They tested negative for influenza and Covid.

An aide said the couple cherishes important New Year events and worked hard to recuperate enough for the public greetings. Empress Emerita Michiko stayed close to her husband during the 3 sessions and did not wave to the crowds.

Probably due to their advanced ages, their recovery from a cold has taken longer than expected and they're still recovering physical strength.

Sources:, FNN, TBS

Former emperor, empress exhibited cold symptoms in December - Kyodo News

The former emperor, who turned 89 on Dec. 23, developed a fever and cough one day after his birthday, while the former empress, 88, had symptoms of a cold in mid-December and exhibited them again later that month after a brief recovery [...]

The former emperor and empress, who now live in the Akasaka Estate in Tokyo's Motoakasaka district, have been refraining from their usual daily walk as a precaution, the agency said.

I understand their desire to attend after cancellations and pandemic isolation but hope they also know they can absolutely rest and skip any events.
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Old 01-16-2023, 05:22 PM
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On January 16th, Emperor Emeritus Akihito visited the Imperial Palace for the first time this year to study goby fish. He has restarted daily walks and last week, resumed research at his residence.

Sources: FNN, NTV
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Old 01-22-2023, 02:45 AM
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On January 19th, the Imperial Household Agency reported the Emeritus couple have fully recovered from their colds. They have resumed normal life, including morning and evening walks.

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