King and Queen of Sweden Vol.2

On 24th April, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako had lunch with HM the King Carl XVI Gustaf and HM the Queen Silvia of the Kingdom of Sweden at Palace Hotel Tokyo.

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King and Queen of Sweden Vol.1

On 23rd April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited the exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Japan and the Kingdom of Sweden took place at INTERMEDIATHEQUE where HIH Princess Mako of Akishino works with HM the King Carl XVI Gustaf and HM the Queen Silvia of the Kingdom of Sweden.

HIH Princess Mako welcomed Their Majesties at INTERMEDIATHEQUE.

At evening, Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress held the dinner for Their Majesties the King and the Queen at Imperial Residence.

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Gagagku Concert

On 20th April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress attended the Concert of the Gagaku performed by Imperial Household Agency Music Department took place at the Music Hall of Imperial Household Agency inside Imperial Palace.

On 22nd April, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito also attended the Gagaku Concert at the same place.

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Japan Prize

On 18th April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the 34th Award Ceremony of Japan Prize took place in Tokyo.
The Japan Prize is awarded annually to scientists and engineers from around the world who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology, thereby furthering the cause of peace and prosperity of mankind.

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Japan Society

On 18th April, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the ceremony to commemorate the 110th anniversary of Japan Society, the U.S. organization committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan took place in Tokyo.

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Princess Hanako came back

On 18th April, HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi visited the 42nd Asia-Pacific Festival and Charity Bazaar took place in Tokyo.
HIH Princess Hanako had been absent from official duties due to lumbar spondylosis.

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[NEWS]Throne to be used in accession ceremony for new emperor shown to press

Text from Kyodo News

KYOTO – The huge Takamikura throne that will be used in next year’s ceremony to mark Crown Prince Naruhito’s accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne was shown to the press on Tuesday.
The 8-ton, 6.5-meter-high canopied throne, also used in the enthronement rites for three emperors including Emperor Akihito, is expected to be transported from where it is currently kept in Kyoto to Tokyo this summer.
The crown prince will succeed to the throne the day after Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30, 2019.
The Michodai throne, which will be used during the ceremony by the new empress, currently Crown Princess Masako, was built like the Takamikura throne but smaller in size.
The thrones kept at the Shishinden hall of the Kyoto Imperial Palace and unveiled to the media looked faded.
According to the Imperial Household Agency, the thrones will undergo repairs over their damaged lacquer finish and degradation of gold work at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo before the ceremony is held on Oct. 22 next year.
The thrones will be disassembled and loaded onto trucks for transport.

Takamikura at Tokyo Imperial Palace in 1990

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Supporting Aged Blinds

On 16th April, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino attended the ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of National Council of the Homes for the Aged Blind Japan took place in Tokyo.

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Universidad de Salamanca

On 12th April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the reception to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the establishment of Universidad de Salamanca of Spain took place in Tokyo.
Their Majesties have been to the university twice.

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Seeding Rice

On 11th April, HM Emperor Akihito seeded the rice at the rice field inside Imperial Palace. His Majesty keeps the tradition of growing rice and conducting agricultural ceremonies.

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