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Old 11-30-2021, 11:34 PM
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2022 New Year celebrations will be scaled-down due to the pandemic. Number of attendees will be limited to about 260.

Source: Jiji

ETA: The general public New Year greetings on January 2 are canceled. Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako released a video message in place of the public greetings in 2021. Other ceremonies such as New Year Lectures and Poetry Reading will be held with infection control measures.

Sources: Jiji, NHK
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Old 12-14-2021, 11:34 PM
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Dates for 2022 New Year Lectures and Poetry Reading:

January 14: Kousho Hajime (Imperial New Year's Lectures)

January 18: Utakai Hajime (Imperial New Year's Poetry Reading)

Source: https://txbiz.tv-tokyo.co.jp/nms/news/post_242523
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Old 12-29-2021, 06:52 PM
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On December 25th, Imperial family members attended Emperor Taisho's memorial ceremony at the Imperial Palace Sanctuaries. This was Princess Aiko's 1st court ritual. Empress Masako did not attend in consideration of her physical condition and Crown Princess Kiko was absent due to mourning. Video was not released although news24/NNN reported Aiko led the princesses, wearing the standard worship clothes, off-white hat, and coat.

FNN has photos of Crown Prince Akishino and Princess Kako's arrival.

news24.jp video includes Princesses Akiko and Yohko entering the Imperial Palace.

According to Asahi schedule 12/20-26, Princesses Hisako and Tsuguko attended a ceremony at Emperor Taisho's mausoleum.

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Old 12-31-2021, 04:58 PM
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Imperial family 2022 New Year video/photos

Photos: Asahi, Mainichi, Mainichi2

Recorded/photographed separately due to pandemic.

December 21: Emperor Naruhito's family. The toy tiger on the table is "hariko tora" from Izumo, Shimane Prefecture. The 2022 zodiac animal is the tiger.
December 13: Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko
December 11: Crown Prince Akishino family. They are discussing a book about overseas plants.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako's 2022 (Reiwa 4) New Year message was recorded on December 28.

Transcript: https://www.kunaicho.go.jp/page/okotoba/detail/90#337
January 1 schedule: https://www.kunaicho.go.jp/news/gyou...n-r040101.html
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Old 01-01-2022, 05:10 AM
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Scaled-down New Year Receptions on January 1.

Crown Prince Akishino takes precedence over Princess Aiko...
She's going to awkwardly in between the Akishino family? Will she be after Crown Princess Kiko as well?

Photos: Asahi, Mainichi, AP Images, FNN

https://twitter.com/asahi_photo/stat...16269736636416
https://twitter.com/mainichiphoto/st...57662500728832

Prince Hisahito visited Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko for New Year's greetings, arriving around 10:30am, see FNN photo. Underage royal greetings at the Imperial Palace was timed for 10:15am.

Other Imperial family members visited after receptions finished in the afternoon, see Sankei photo of Emperor Naruhito's family.


Ambassador of Georgia leaving for the Imperial Palace
https://twitter.com/TeimurazLezhava/...96375183876097

Ambassador of Venezuela
https://twitter.com/EmbaVEJapon/stat...00916222984192

Guests received a traditional box of New Year food, Osechi dishes
https://twitter.com/matsubarajin731/...74313581428736

Ambassador of Haiti and Osechi box
https://twitter.com/HelphMonod/statu...69568108503045

Ambassador of Serbia
https://mobile.twitter.com/SRBinJapa...40051973013507
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Old 01-01-2022, 05:16 AM
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[Delete please, double post. Don't know what happened.]
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Old 01-01-2022, 05:36 AM
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Scaled-down New Year Receptions on January 1.

Crown Prince Akishino takes precedence over Princess Aiko...
She's going to awkwardly in between the Akishino family? Will she be after Crown Princess Kiko as well?
I think they're going to do that which is so odd, I already saw some Japanese questioning the precedence as even though Fumihito is crown prince, the side branch is higher than a member from main branch here. It is just strange, Fumihito (and Kiko) isn't a part of core of the imperial court (I don't know is it an accurate translation but I'm referring to the term 内廷 mentioned in IHA's website) but he is taking precedence over someone who is part of the 内廷.
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Crown Prince Akishino takes precedence over Princess Aiko...
She's going to awkwardly in between the Akishino family? Will she be after Crown Princess Kiko as well?
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I think they're going to do that which is so odd, I already saw some Japanese questioning the precedence [...]

It's interesting that some Japanese royal watchers are questioning the precedence. But a different decision would have been a great surprise to me.

The position of crown prince carries a special title and, under normal conditions, his position and rights are afforded special protections by the Imperial House Law, protections that do not extend to the other princes (see Articles 16, 19, 22). From these facts, it's apparent that the crown prince (and his consort by extension, I assume) customarily enjoys a special status.

In Western monarchies (which accord their crown princes special titles and status as well), the principle of male preference succession is more important than primogeniture when it comes to deciding the rules of precedence. For example, following a strict rule of primogeniture, Infanta Elena and her children are a more senior branch of the Spanish royal family than her younger brother King Felipe and his children. But because Felipe was the crown prince and is now the king, Elena and her children must give precedence to Felipe and his children.


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as even though Fumihito is crown prince, the side branch is higher than a member from main branch here. It is just strange, Fumihito (and Kiko) isn't a part of core of the imperial court (I don't know is it an accurate translation but I'm referring to the term 内廷 mentioned in IHA's website) but he is taking precedence over someone who is part of the 内廷.
Thank you for the link, I didn't know that. But for Princess Aiko's generation, the reality is that her cousin Hisahito is the future of the imperial family and he and his descendants will eventually be the main branch, whereas Aiko (if she remains a royal) will be the side branch.
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Old 01-01-2022, 10:38 PM
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Thanks W.Y.CII and Tatiana Maria.
I've seen the term Inner/Outer court used as translations.

Inner court: Emperor, Empress, Princess Aiko, Emperor Emeritus Akihito, Empress Emerita Michiko
Outer court: Akishino, Hitachi, Mikasa, and Takamado branches

In the Heisei era, the Emperor and Crown Prince Naruhito families were the Inner court. I suppose the Crown Prince Akishino family should be in the Inner court now but they've retained some Outer court statuses.

The special title/preference leaves Princess Aiko getting mistaken to be an Akishino family member. Some tweets just saw her as Mako's replacement.
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Old 01-02-2022, 03:07 AM
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In the Heisei era, the Emperor and Crown Prince Naruhito families were the Inner court. I suppose the Crown Prince Akishino family should be in the Inner court now but they've retained some Outer court statuses.
It's a bit complicated as the inner court (thanks for the translation BTW!) only included 1) the reigning emperor and his consort, 2) the emperor emeritus and his consort, 3) the crown prince/oldest son of reigning emperor and his consort (皇太子), 4) the oldest son of crown prince/oldest son of reigning emperor (皇長孫), 5) the children of reigning emperor who has no independent branch yet (not married yet), 6) the children of crown prince/oldest son of reigning emperor who has no independent branch yet (not married yet).

Fumihito was a part of inner court since his birth (as the unmarried grand/son of current emperor) untill he's married and had his own branch (Akishino).

Unless IHA changes the system they can't put the Akishinos back into the inner court because even though Fumihito is the crown prince, he isn't the oldest son.

It's a bit "lost in translation", as in Japanese Fumihito is addressed as 皇嗣 (heir apparent) rather than 皇太子, which refers to the heir apparent AND the oldest son of reigning emperor (currently there is no 皇太子 in JIF), but in English both are translated as "crown prince" (BTW 皇嗣 and 皇太子 still share same precedence). Similar to the Prince of Wales / Duke of Cornwall in UK, like Fumihito got the Japanese version of PoW but he could never be the Japanese version of DoC.

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The special title/preference leaves Princess Aiko getting mistaken to be an Akishino family member. Some tweets just saw her as Mako's replacement.
That's another problem, the Akishino-no-miya is actually separated in the precedence here.

Another problem would be, when Hisahito is 20, where would he be placed? right after his father as the heir of the heir? or placed between Aiko and Kako?
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It's a bit complicated as the inner court (thanks for the translation BTW!) only included 1) the reigning emperor and his consort, 2) the emperor emeritus and his consort, 3) the crown prince/oldest son of reigning emperor and his consort (皇太子), 4) the oldest son of crown prince/oldest son of reigning emperor (皇長孫), 5) the children of reigning emperor who has no independent branch yet (not married yet), 6) the children of crown prince/oldest son of reigning emperor who has no independent branch yet (not married yet).

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It's a bit "lost in translation", as in Japanese Fumihito is addressed as 皇嗣 (heir apparent) rather than 皇太子, which refers to the heir apparent AND the oldest son of reigning emperor (currently there is no 皇太子 in JIF), but in English both are translated as "crown prince" (BTW 皇嗣 and 皇太子 still share same precedence). Similar to the Prince of Wales / Duke of Cornwall in UK, like Fumihito got the Japanese version of PoW but he could never be the Japanese version of DoC.
When preparing the special legislation for Akihito's abdication, the then government did consider conferring Fumihito with the title of 皇太弟 (my understanding is that it translates literally to Imperial Grand Younger Brother), which would have been equivalent to the Imperial House Law stipulated titles of 皇太子 (Imperial Grand Child) for a crown prince who is a son of the emperor or 皇太孫 (Imperial Grand Grandchild) for a crown prince who is a grandson of the emperor.


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Unless IHA changes the system they can't put the Akishinos back into the inner court because even though Fumihito is the crown prince, he isn't the oldest son.
The inner court-outer court division is not part of the Imperial House Law; I assume that means the IHA has the freedom to change the system?


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That's another problem, the Akishino-no-miya is actually separated in the precedence here.

Another problem would be, when Hisahito is 20, where would he be placed? right after his father as the heir of the heir? or placed between Aiko and Kako?
His lack of a special title or legal status would justify placing him after Aiko or even after Kako, but in my opinion he should be placed immediately after his parents as an emperor to be.

The eventualities that would result the crown not passing to him – Hisahito predeceasing his uncle and father, his uncle remarrying a younger woman and having a son, a future introduction of equal primogeniture being applied to existing royals who are already adults, a scandal involving Hisahito which is so serious that the government will act to strip him of his position in the succession – have little substantial prospect of occurring. He is a future emperor, and I think it would be pointless for the protocol to pretend otherwise.
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Old 01-07-2022, 05:35 AM
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So far, Prince Hisahito has been behind his sister(s). However, we don't see much of him as he's a minor and public activities/family events have been so limited. We'll see what happens he comes of age at 18 (Japan's lower adulthood age goes into effect this year).

English translation of the Emperor Naruhito's New Year message at Emperor's Wishes for a Year of ‘Bright Hopes and Dreams’ via Video Message - Japan Forward

TV Tokyo uploaded a longer 2022 New Year Receptions video:
- Tsuguko is still spaced too far or camera simply can't capture that edge
- more focus on diplomatic corps

English videos:


On January 7th, the Imperial family marked the anniversary of Emperor Showa's death. Princess Kako worshipped at his mausoleum at Musashino Imperial Graveyard in Hachioji, Tokyo. Other family members attended a ceremony at the Imperial Palace Sanctuaries.

Photos: Mainichi, AP Images, FNN
https://twitter.com/news24ntv/status...21273411203072
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Old 01-14-2022, 02:48 AM
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The Imperial family attended Kousho Hajime (Imperial New Year's Lectures) on January 14.

Photos: FNN, AP Images, Mainichi

Absences:
Empress Masako - poor physical condition/feeling unwell. IHA reports there's no fever/cold, so for now, she plans to attend Poetry Reading on the 18th according to news24.jp
Princess Aiko - university exams
Crown Princess Kiko - still mourning for her late father

Lecturers, subjects:
Katsumi Mimaki (74), Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University -"New Stage of Bon and Buddhist Studies" in Tibetan Buddhism, India

Keijiro Otsuka (73), Professor Emeritus of Social System Innovation Center, Kobe University - Development economics - "Japanese rice cultivation technology spreading from Asia to Africa" ​​

Takeo Kanade (76), Carnegie Mellon University Professor, Robotics Institute - computer vision, robotics - "Artificial intelligence"


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The ceremony of the Utakai Hajime, Imperial New Year's Poetry Reading, took place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo today, January 18:


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I assume princess Aiko still has exams as she isn't attending this event either. Interesting dresses for the empress and princess Kako (the latter is busy but seems to work; that isn't the case for the dress of the empress imho).
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Old 01-18-2022, 04:35 PM
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Yes, Princess Aiko has university studies/exams and she submitted a poem since she's an adult now. 2022 theme is "mado" (window) and next year's theme is "tomo" (friend)

This year, Princess Kako's poem was recited on behalf the Imperial branches.

More photos: Mainichi, FNN

English translations and background for poems of Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, Crown Prince Akishino, and Princess Aiko: https://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e-culture/pdf/utakai-r04.pdf

All poems from Imperial family, literary critic Akimasa Kanno, and 10 poems selected from the general public: Asahi

Poem by Princess Aiko recited at annual poetry ceremony - The Japan News
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The event featured recitals of waka poems by the Emperor, the Empress, members of the Imperial family, and literary critic Akimasa Kanno, 92, who was specially invited by the Emperor, as well as poems by 10 members of the public that were selected from among 13,830 entries.

The poems, each with 31 syllables, were recited in a traditional chanting style.

The Imperial couple’s daughter Princess Aiko, who has become an adult member of the Imperial family since turning 20 on Dec. 1, contributed a poem for the event for the first time but did not attend the ceremony because of her school studies.

About 100 members of the public are usually invited to the event, but only five people were invited this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Raito Namba, a first-year student at Tokyo Gakkan Niigata High School in Kamo, Niigata Prefecture, the youngest among the 10 poets selected from among the public, did not attend the ceremony for health reasons.

[...]
I suppose the 5 invited guests are the singers? Not counting the IHA staff, 9 general public poets, and others apparently "necessary" for the scaled-down event.

TBS/JNN uploaded the full Utakai Hajime ceremony

Someone uploaded a clip of NHK's coverage, I think. Other close ups of relatives.
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Imperial family members (age 65+) received a 3rd dose of a Covid vaccine

February 1: Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko at their residence

February 2: Prince Hitachi, Princess Hanako, Princess Hisako, and Princess Nobuko at the IHA hospital

Sources: Yomiuri, FNN

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Yes, Princess Aiko has university studies/exams and she submitted a poem since she's an adult now. 2022 theme is "mado" (window) and next year's theme is "tomo" (friend)

This year, Princess Kako's poem was recited on behalf the Imperial branches.

More photos: Mainichi, FNN

English translations and background for poems of Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, Crown Prince Akishino, and Princess Aiko: https://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e-culture/pdf/utakai-r04.pdf
I appreciate that the IHA is providing translations and background on the messages of the senior royals' poems. All of them decided to keep to very simple messages on safe subjects, it seems.

Given her chosen studies in Japanese literature, this must be a very special first for Aiko.

I know the opening a window to the world metaphor in the Emperor and Princess Aiko's poems is part of the assigned theme, but when reading the two poems in conjunction I couldn't help but laugh at the unintended possible interpretation of Aiko's poem as her feeling the effects of the UK paring back its covid-19 restrictions.
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On May 19th, Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Nobuko, and Princess Hisako attended the Japanese Red Cross Society annual meeting at Meiji Jingu Kaikan Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Empress Masako presented commendation certificates and medals to 13 individuals and organizations for their contributions. The meeting had not been held since 2019 due to the pandemic. TV Tokyo notes this is Masako's first "solo" official activity in 2 years and 9 months. NHK reports about 600 people attended the scaled-down ceremony.

Photos: AP Images, Getty Images, Asahi, FNN

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English articles and video

Empress attends Japanese Red Cross Society gathering - The Japan News
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[...] The Empress, who is the society’s honorary president, presented medals of merit to a total of 13 individuals and representatives of organizations for their contributions to promoting the society’s activities. Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Nobuko of Mikasa and Princess Hisako of Takamado, who are honorary vice presidents of the society, also attended the gathering held at the Meiji Jingu Kaikan hall in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. About 600 people participated in the event. [...]
Empress attends convention for Japanese Red Cross Society | The Asahi Shimbun
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Empress Masako attended the Japanese Red Cross Society’s national convention in Tokyo on May 19 for the first time in three years.

This was the empress's first solo official duty outside of the Imperial Palace since the 47th Florence Nightingale Medal awards ceremony in August 2019.

The annual convention of the Japanese Red Cross Society had been canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

[...]

She also listened to a report from the director of the Japanese Red Cross Musashino Hospital with Crown Princess Kiko and other participants. The hospital has accepted many patients infected with the novel coronavirus.

“I am certain you have gone through many difficulties,” Masako told the director of the hospital after the convention.

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