Private Trip to Saitama

From 20th September to 21st September, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko privately visited Saitama Prefecture.
Their Majesties visited Koma Shrine and Kinchakudamanjushage Park in Hidaka City.

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Traditional Crafts

On 20th September, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino visited the 64th exhibition of Japanese Traditional Crafts and the Commendation Ceremony took place in Tokyo.
HIH Princess Mako is the President of Japan Crafts Association.

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Japan War-Bereaved Families Association

On 19th September, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Japan War-Bereaved Families Association took place in Tokyo.

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LAWASIA

On 19th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the opening ceremony of LAWASIA (The Law Association for Asia and Pacific) took place in Tokyo.

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Respecting Aged People

On 15th Septmeber, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited the facility to support the job of the aged people.

In Japan, The 3rd Monday in September is the Respect-for-the-Aged Day, the National Holiday. The members of Imperial Family visit some facility related to the aged people around the day every year.

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Gifu Visit of Princess Mako

From 14th to 15th September, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino visited Gifu Prefecture to attend the opening ceremony of International Ceramics Festival ’17 Mino.
HIH Princess Mako is the Honorary President of the Festival.

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Chief Priestess of Ise Jingu

On 14th September, Mrs. Sayako Kuroda, the daughter of HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Ise Jingu Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture as the Chief Priestess of the Shrine.

Mrs. Kuroda took over the position of the Chief Priestess of Ise Jingu Grand Shrine from Mrs. Atsuko Ikeda, the sister of HM Emperor Akihito in June.

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Rice Harvest

On 13th September, HM Emperor Akihito harvested rice at the rice field inside Imperial Palace.

The rice harvested by His Majesty will be offered to the thanksgiving ceremonies held at Imperial Palace Sanctuaries and Ise Grand Shrine.

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Princess Kako departs for foreign study trip to University of Leeds

On 12th September, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino departed for United Kingdom where she will study at the University of Leeds as an exchange student until June next year.

[NEWS]Princess Kako leaves to study at University of Leeds through June

Text from Kyodo News

TOKYO – Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, departed Tuesday for Britain where she will study at the University of Leeds as an exchange student until June next year.

While attending the university in northern England, the 22-year-old second daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will take courses in such fields as performing arts and psychology at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

The princess, a junior at International Christian University in Tokyo, will stay at a school dormitory while studying in England.

This is her first extended overseas stay since her homestay in the United States in the summer of 2013, when she was a freshman at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. She later quit the school and enrolled at International Christian University, her older sister Princess Mako’s alma mater.

The University of Leeds, established in 1904, is a world top 100 university and one of the largest higher-education institutions in Britain, according to the school’s website.

Princess Mako, who became engaged to her longtime boyfriend Kei Komuro early this month, studied at the University of Edinburgh in Britain from 2012 to 2013 as an exchange student when she was a junior at ICU.

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Prince Hisahito turns 11

On 6th September, HIH Prince Hisahito of Akishino turned 11 years old.

[NEWS]Prince Hisahito, third in line to throne, turns 11

Text from The Japan News

Prince Hisahito, Emperor Akihoto’s grandson who is third in line to the Imperial throne, turned 11 on Wednesday.

His birthday came days after the announcement that his elder sister, Princess Mako, will marry her longtime boyfriend, Kei Komuro. The prince has already met Komuro, 25, and will attend their wedding ceremony scheduled in fall next year.

The son of Prince Akishino, the younger of the Emperor’s two sons, and Princess Kiko, the prince is likely to draw more attention as he will be second in line to the throne after the 83-year-old Emperor’s abdication that could take place as early as December next year.

Prince Hisahito, a fifth-grader at an elementary school in Tokyo affiliated with Ochanomizu University, has often visited the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Residence to see the Emperor and Empress Michiko with his parents.

Following the Emperor’s rare video address last year that hinted at his desire to step down due to his advanced age, the Diet enacted a law to allow him to abdicate. His abdication would be the first in about 200 years.

Last December, the prince, along with his parents, visited the sites of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki for the first time.

While observing his parents, he carefully offered flowers and bowed deeply in Nagasaki Peace Park, where the ground zero monument dedicated to victims of the bombing sits.

In May, he watched a Summer Grand Sumo Tournament bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan and visited the Sumo Museum as part of an off-school learning program.

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