Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako Current Events Part 1: May 2019 -


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On November 10th, Emperor Naruhito's family visited the Museum of the Imperial Collections (Sannomaru Shozokan) at the Imperial Palace East Garden to view special exhibitions including "5th Year of Reiwa and Their Majesties' 30th Wedding Anniversary."

The museum is under renovation until 2026 and partially reopened on November 3.

Photos: Getty Images, Nikkansports, FNN, AP Images
 
Visit to Japan of H. E. Mr. Vo Van Thuong, President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and Madam Phan Thi Thanh Tam | Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
1. H. E. Mr. Vo Van Thuong, President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, and his spouse, Madam Phan Thi Thanh Tam will pay an Official Visit to Japan from 27 November to 30 November.

2. During their stay in Japan, the President and Madam Tam will make a State Call on Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan will host a Court Luncheon in honor of the President and his spouse. [...]
I wonder if the Akishino couple will join the luncheon.
 
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended a ceremony for the 30th anniversary of the International Cosmos Prize in Tokyo today, November 14:


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Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and Princess Aiko viewed the exhibition "Yamato-e: Traditions of Beauty from the Imperial Court" at the Tokyo National Museum today, November 21:


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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako watched a martial arts event at the Saineikan training hall of the Imperial Guard Headquarters on the grounds of the Imperial Palace today, December 13:


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On December 21st, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako met recipients of the 75th Health Culture Awards, commended by the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare, at the Imperial residence.

16 people total: representatives of 10 organizations, 3 individuals

Photos: FNN, Sankei, TBS
 
On November 30, 2023, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended an audience at the Imperial Palace for recipients of the Educator Award, commended by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Photo: https://www.kunaicho.go.jp/page/gonittei/photo/22453

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On December 18, 2023, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended an audience at the Imperial Palace for the National Tax Agency officials, awarded by the Minister of Finance, and local government tax officials, awarded by the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Photo: https://www.kunaicho.go.jp/page/gonittei/photo/22514

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Emperor Naruhito will attend the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's 150th anniversary ceremony on January 15 and tour the headquarters' communications command center. About 145 people are expected at the ceremony, including Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and National Police Agency Commissioner Yasuhiro Tsuyuki.

It will be His Majesty's 2nd visit. Then known as Prince Hiro, he visited the police department and toured the communications command center in 1986.

Empress Masako will join if there are no health problems.

Sources: NTV, Sankei
 
On January 15th, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's 150th anniversary ceremony and toured the communications command center at the department's headquarters in Chiyoda, Tokyo. Afterwards, Their Majesties learned about the local situation from special rescue personnel dispatched to Ishikawa Prefecture, and received an explanation about the activities of police dogs from the head of the forensics division.

Emperor Naruhito expressed condolences to victims of the Noto Peninsula earthquake at the ceremony. This was his first public statement regarding the disaster.

Photos: Asahi, FNN, FNN2, AP Images

Tokyo Police Mark 150th Anniversary of Founding | Nippon.com
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Emperor Naruhito said that he hopes the MPD will "continue to live up to the expectations and trust of the people of Tokyo and the country, and ensure the safety and security of society." He also expressed his condolences over the deaths of many people in a New Year's Day earthquake in central Japan.

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What later became the current MPD was founded on Jan. 15, 1874. Toshiyoshi Kawaji, who studied the police systems of European countries and laid the foundation for the modern Japanese police system, was appointed as its first chief.
 
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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako viewed the exhibition "Inheriting Shosoin Treasures"at the Meiji Jingu Museum in Tokyo today, January 23:


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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako viewed the exhibition "Inheriting Shosoin Treasures"at the Meiji Jingu Museum in Tokyo today, January 23:


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:previous: More content of Meiji Jingu Museum visit on January 23:

Photos: Mainichi, FNN, AP Images

According to Sankei and NTV, replicas were made after Emperor Meiji ordered the restoration of Shosoin treasures and the practice continues to maintain and improve repair and craft techniques.

Japan’s Emperor, Empress Visit Shoso-in Treasures Exhibition in Tokyo - The Japan News
[...] On display at the “Inheriting Shosoin Treasures” exhibition are 34 Shoso-in treasures and replicas.

The Emperor closely examined the replica of “Raden Shitan no Gogen Biwa” (“Red Sandalwood Five-String Biwa Lute with Mother-of-Pearl Decoration”). The replica lute, which took about eight years to finish, was completed during the Heisei era (1989-2019).

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Longer video of Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department events on January 15
 
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On December 26, 2023, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako had an audience for long-serving members of the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors at the Imperial Palace.

Photo: https://www.kunaicho.go.jp/page/gonittei/photo/22531

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President of the Republic of Kenya and Mrs. Ruto to Visit Japan | Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
1. H. E. Dr. William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya, and his spouse, Mrs. Ruto will pay an Official Visit to Japan from 6 February to 9 February.

2. During their stay in Japan, the President and Mrs. Ruto will make a State Call on Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan will host a Court Luncheon in honor of the President and Mrs. Ruto. [...]
 
No tiaras again... :sad:
 
:previous: Given the cautious pace of resuming large or indoor events, I don't expect the Imperial Household Agency to host a state visit until the fall or maybe 2025. State visit banquet does not guarantee tiaras such as kimono or black tie dress code.

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On February 6th, Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and Princess Aiko attended a 2 hour briefing on the Noto Peninsula earthquake at the Imperial residence. Takashi Mori, Director-General of the Japan Meteorological Agency, and Kenji Takahashi, Director-General for Policy Planning (Disaster Prevention) of the Cabinet Office explained the damage situation and government's response. Princess Aiko, who will start working for the Japan Red Cross Society in April, asked questions about volunteer activities.

- rescue operations
- status of evacuation centers, stocking supplies
- infrastructure restoration, difficulty in recovery on peninsula
- large number of aftershocks, rise of ocean floor

Photos: Sankei, FNN, Jiji, TBS

Emperor and his family briefed on Noto quake damage, reconstruction | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News
 
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On February 13th, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako met people with disabilities and independence supporters, commended by the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare, at the Imperial Palace.

About 50 recipients attended, including spouses, massage therapists, acupuncturists and social welfare corporation employees. This year, 54 people and 1 organization received awards. [Mainichi]

Photos: FNN, AP Images
 
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On February 16th, Emperor Naruhito's family visited the 98th Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Taito, Tokyo. The highest award winner was a bonsai estimated to be 400 years old.

While this is the family’s first visit together, it is Naruhito's 6th time and Masako's first time in 18 years since 2006. The Imperial Household Agency is also participating as a special exhibitor.

Photos: FNN, Sankei, TBS, AP Images
 
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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako viewed an exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo today, February 27:


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On March 8th, Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and Princess Aiko attended a briefing from the Japanese Red Cross Society at the Imperial residence. JRCS staff explained relief efforts and volunteer work in areas affected by the Noto Peninsula earthquake. After JRCS President Atsushi Seike gave a general explanation, the family heard from a doctor who worked in Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture and a nurse who worked in Wajima City.

Arrangements are underway for Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako to visit the disaster area in late March.

Photos: FNN, Sankei, Jiji


 
On March 15th, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended 2 audiences at the Imperial Palace.

Around 3pm, they met 18 recipients of the 52nd Medical Achievement Award.

After 4pm, Their Majesties met 14 people including winners of the Emperor's Cup at the 2023 / 62nd Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries Festival. The couple viewed displays and products.

Photos: AP Images, FNN, Jiji

 
On March 22nd, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visited Wajima and Suzu in Ishikawa Prefecture. The cities were hit hard from the January 1 Noto earthquake. The couple flew from Haneda Airport to Noto Airport, arriving just before 11am.

Agenda:
  • briefing from Governor Hiroshi Hase at Noto Airport
  • Self-Defense Force helicopter to Wajima
  • tour Asaichi Street, where a large-scale fire broke out, meet victims & relief workers at evacuation center
  • Self-Defense Force helicopter to Suzu
  • meet victims & relief workers in evacuation center, inspect tsunami damage at Iida Port
Photos: Getty Images, Asahi, AP Images, Mainichi

NTV reports Their Majesties brought meals for the day trip and used the same minibus as staff to avoid overburdening local residents.





 
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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will visit Anamizu and Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture on April 12 to inspect earthquake damage and evacuation centers. They will use Self-Defense Forces helicopters and microbuses after arrival at Noto Airport. The visit maybe postponed to April 13 due to weather conditions.

Source: Sankei
 
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako arrived in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture today, April 12, for their second visit to the area following the earthquake in January:


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