Summer Vacation of Imperial Couple

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From 20th August to 29th August, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Nagano Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture for vacation.

On 27th August, Their Majesties attended the 37th Kusatsu Summer International Music Academy & Festival took place in Kusatsu Town, Gunma Prefectute.
HM Empress Michiko played the piano at the workshop.

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This Week’s Extras

On 23rd August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito met with the new ambassadors to Republic of Moldova, Dominican Republic, Republic of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Republic of Mali at Crown Prince Residence.

On 25th August, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the opening ceremony of JAPAN DIY HOMECENTER SHOW 2016 took place in Makuhari City, Chiba Prefecture.

From 26th August to 27th August, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited Toyama Prefecture to attend the 30th All Japan Women’s University Baseball Championships.

On 28th August, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the Award Ceremoy of the 32nd Nippon Budokan Calligraphy Exhibition took place in Tokyo.


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Sign Language Speech Contest

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On 27th August, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino attended the 33rd National Sign Language Speech Contest for Senior Highschool Students took place in Tokyo.

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This Week’s Extras

On 15th August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito met with the new ambassador to Republic of Korea at Crown Prince Residence.

On 16th August, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko met with the new ambassadors to Republic of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Republic of Mali at Imperial Residence.

On 16th August, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited the exhibition of Barrier-free picture book took place in Tokyo.

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Summer Vacation of Crown Prince Family

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From 16th August to 20th August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Princess Aiko stayed at Suzaki Imperial Villa in Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture.
The Crown Prince Family visit Suzaki Imperial Villa every summer.

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Remembering World War II

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On 15th August, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the National Memorial Service for the War Dead took place in Tokyo.

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Address by His Majesty the Emperor on the Occasion of the Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead (August 15, 2016)

Text from Imperial Household Agency

On this Day to Commemorate the War Dead and Pray for Peace, my thoughts are with the numerous people who lost their precious lives in the last war and their bereaved families, as I attend this Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead with a deep and renewed sense of sorrow.

Seventy-one years have already passed since the end of the war, and our country today enjoys peace and prosperity, thanks to the ceaseless effort made by the people of Japan, but when I look back on the sufferings and tribulations of the past, I cannot help but be overcome with deep emotion.

Reflecting on our past and bearing in mind the feelings of deep remorse, I earnestly hope that the ravages of war will never be repeated. Together with all of our people, I now pay my heartfelt tribute to all those who lost their lives in the war, both on the battlefields and elsewhere, and pray for world peace and for the continuing development of our country.


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This Week’s Extras

On 8th August, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino attended the banquet held by the ambassador of Republic of Paraguay took place at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo.

On 8th August, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado attended the first match of the 36th All Japan Youth Rubber-ball Baseball Championships Prince Takamado Cup took place in Tokyo.

On 8th August, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado attended the 51st All Japan Private Junior College Athletic Meet took place in Tokyo.

On 12th August, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko met with the ambassador of Republic of Finland and its spouse who leave Japan at Imperial Residence.

On 14th August, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited Shizuoka Prefecture to attend the 30th National Junior Sandlot Football Championships.


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Shizuoka Visit of Akishino Family

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From 12th August to 13th August, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Mako of Akishino visited Shizuoka Prefecture to attend the 12th Japan Agoonoree.

Photo from Shizuoka Shimbun



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Mountain Day

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From 10th August to 11th August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Princess Aiko visited Nagano Prefecture to attend the 1st National Convention to commemorate the Mountain Day (the new national holiday).

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On 10th August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the reception of the convention took place in Matsumoto City.

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On 11th August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Princess Aiko attended the 1st National Convention to commemorate the Mountain Day took place in Matsumoto City.

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After the Ceremony, they visited Kamikochi in Matsumoto City.

Photo from Asahi1 and Asahi2


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Hiroshima Visit of Takamado Family

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From 9th August to 10th August, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado visited Hiroshima Prefecture to attend the 49th National Junior Highschool Archery Championships.

On 10th August, they visited Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima City and offered flowers to the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims.

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