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Old 03-07-2021, 11:02 PM
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The Imperial Household Agency announced new dates for New Year Lectures (March 23) and Poetry Reading (March 26) which were postponed due to increasing coronavirus infections in January.

Besides masking, installing acrylic plates for poetry reading, and reducing the number of attendees, a monitor may be added for poetry winners from rural areas to attend online.

Source: Jiji
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Old 03-23-2021, 01:38 AM
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Imperial Family of Japan Current Events Part 3: May 2017 -

On March 23rd, the Imperial family attended New Year's Lectures (Ceremony of the Kousho Hajime) which was postponed from January due to increasing coronavirus infections. They listened to 3 experts for nearly an hour at the Imperial Palace. [NHK]

Professor Emeritus Takashi Ibi of Seikei University evaluated Rai San'yo, historian of the Edo period, regarding historical philosophy in San'yo's 22-scroll work "Nihon Gaishi"

Makoto Iokibe, chairman of the University of Hyogo, discussed "New Encounters in the United States, China, and Japan."

2016 Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi of Tokyo Institute of Technology lectured on the "Mechanism of Cell Recycling."

Photos: Asahi, AP Images

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Old 03-24-2021, 02:01 AM
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FNN uploaded the full video for New Year's Lectures (Ceremony of the Kousho Hajime). Mostly focused on the Emperor, Empress and lecturers.

Close ups of Akishino family at 9:55 and 24:37; Mikasa and Takamado princesses at 14:48

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Old 03-27-2021, 02:15 AM
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On March 26th, the Imperial family attended New Year's Poetry Reading (Ceremony of the Utakai Hajime) which was postponed from January due to increasing coronavirus infections. This year's theme is "zitsu" (fruit)

Photos: Asahi, Getty Images, NHK

Mikasa and Takamado princesses
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Themes and Waka Poems by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress and Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Akishino and Princess Akishino for the 2021 New Year's Poetry Reading - Imperial Household Agency (PDF)

Imperial couple yearn for end of pandemic in postponed poem ceremony - Kyodo News
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The couple's poems, as well as works composed by other members of the imperial family and 10 pieces chosen from 13,657 entries submitted by the public, were recited in the traditional style at the reading ceremony.

One of the 10 chosen poets attended the event online from Fukui Prefecture in central Japan.

Waka poetry was developed by the court aristocracy in the sixth century. A "tanka" poem, which is typically synonymous with waka, consists of 31 syllables in a pattern of 5-7-5-7-7.

The theme for next year's New Year poetry reading is "mado," meaning "window," the agency said.
New Year's Imperial Poetry Reading Event Held after Delay | Nippon.com
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As part of efforts to prevent coronavirus infections, poems were read out by people wearing face shields, with acrylic boards placed in front of them.

In their poems, the Emperor and the Empress expressed hopes for the pandemic to be contained.

Yasuyo Sugisaki, a 77-year-old resident of Obama, Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, whose poem was among the 10 pieces selected from 13,657 written by commoners, attended the ceremony online via a monitor.

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Old 03-29-2021, 05:01 PM
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TV Tokyo uploaded full video of 2021 New Year's Poetry Reading (Ceremony of the Utakai Hajime)

Timestamps:
2:32 Imperial family enters and event opens
17:12 Akishino family
24:20 Akishino family
29:55 Mikasa and Takamado princesses
34:30 Akishino family
54:54 Princess Hisako's poem
58:45 Crown Princess Kiko's poem
1:02:40 Crown Prince Akishino's poem
1:08:50 Empress Masako's poem
1:17:33 Emperor Naruhito's poem
1:27:56 event closes and Imperial family leaves
1:32:06 press conference with poetry winners from the general public

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Old 03-29-2021, 05:36 PM
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Are you sure the theme isn't "jitsu" (truth)? That's what I thought the news clip said.

No poem from Princess Aiko?
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Old 03-29-2021, 06:07 PM
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Hmm... Kyodo used "jitsu" for fruit whereas the Imperial Household Agency PDF translated "zitsu" for fruit. English Asahi offers "mi" for fruit. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Princess Aiko is not an adult yet although she's most likely practiced writing waka poems for school and in preparation for next year when her poem will be published going forward.

The IHA Japanese site uploaded the Imperial family's poems (PDF). Not all poems are read at the ceremony. Poetry from the emperor, empress, crown prince couple, and ~10 general public winners are read. Princess Nobuko's poem was read last year whereas Princess Takamado's poem was read this year.
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Did the news get the same idea I did? Fruit would be "kajitsu", but you need another character... If you read it as "mi", apparently it's fruit, but I don't think most people seeing that character and hearing "jitsu" would think "fruit".

...But my Japanese is not good enough to get poetical.
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