World Water Congress and Exhibition

On 16th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the opening ceremony of IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition 2018 held by International Water Association took place in Tokyo.

Photo from Sankei

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France Visit of Crown Prince

From 7th September to 15th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito visited French Republic to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the conclusion of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Japan and France.

On 12th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the banquet held by HE Mr Emmanuel Macron,President of the French Republic and the First Lady took place at the Palace of Versailles.

Previous to the banquet, they enjoyed the performance of Noh, a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century.

On 13th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the lighting ceremony of the Eiffel Tower.

Photo from Asahi1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8



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Turkey Visit of Princess Akiko

From 8th September to 14th September, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa visited Republic of Turkey to attend an event organized by Prince Mikasa Foundation.

On 9th September, HIH Princess Akiko met with HE Mr Recep Tayyip ERDOGAN, President of the Republic of Turkey in Istanbul.

On 10th September, HIH Princess Akiko visited the mausoleum of modern Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara.

On 11th September, HIH Princess Akiko attended a ceremony held for delivery of the mockup of Japanese Seiki warship that first visit to Ottoman was paid with it by Japan, at Naval Museum in Istanbul.

On 13th September, HIH Princess Akiko became the Honorary President of Prince Mikasa Foundation and attended the reception.

Photo from Japan Today, Hurriyet Daily News1, 2, DAILY SABAH1, 2 and Getty

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Imperial Visit to Affected Area

On 14th September, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Okayama Prefecture to encourage the people affected by the localized torrential downpour in July.
Due to the localized torrential downpour, over 200 people lost their lives and it became the worst heavy rainfall disaster in Japan since 1982.

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Aomori Visit of Princess Akishino

On 12th September, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited Aomori Prefecture to attend the convention to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the establishment of Aomori Branch of Japanese Red Cross Society.

HIH Princess Kiko is the Honorary Vice President of Japanese Red Cross Society.

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Final Harvest

On 12th September, HM Emperor Akihito harvested rice at a paddy field inside the Imperial Palace, as part of an annual event.
It was his last harvest, as he is expected to abdicate in April. HIH Crown Prince Naruhito will take over the activity after he assumes the throne.
The newly harvested rice will be offered to the deities in a rite at the palace known as the Niiname-sai in November.

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Sailing’s World Cup Series

On 9th September, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the opening ceremony of Sailing’s World Cup Series Enoshima took place in Kanagawa Prefecture.
HIH Princess Hisako is the Honorary President of Japan Sailing Federation.

Photo from SAILING’S WORLD CUP Series Enoshima

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Yamagata Visit of Princess Takamado

From 7th September to 8th September, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited Yamagata Prefecture to attend the opening ceremony of the 73rd All Japan Championships of Baseball played with a hard rubber ball.
HIH Princess Hisako is the Honorary President of Japan Rubber Baseball Association.

Photo from Yamagata News Online

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Departed for France

On 7th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito departed for French Republich. The members of Imperial Family gave him a send-off at Crown Prince Residence.

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Prince Hisahito turns 12

On 6th September, HIH Prince Hisahito turned 12 years old.

[NEWS] Prince Hisahito, set to be 2nd in line to throne, turns 12

Text from The Mainichi

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Prince Hisahito, Emperor Akihito’s grandson and soon-to-be second in line to the Chrysanthemum throne following the abdication of the emperor next spring, turned 12 on Thursday.
After the 84-year-old emperor abdicates next April 30, his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne the following day, and his brother Prince Fumihito — the only other member of his generation in the Japanese imperial family — will become first in line to succeed him.
Prince Hisahito, so far the only male of his generation, will then become second in line.
Imperial House Law states that only males with male lineal descent from emperors can ascend the throne.
Prince Hisahito is currently a sixth-grade student at Ochanomizu University Elementary School in Tokyo and keen on learning about the history of war.
On Aug. 10, Prince Hisahito and his mother Princess Kiko visited a cenotaph for the atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima, devastated by a U.S. nuclear bomb on Aug. 6, 1945.
After visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the prince talked with an 80-year-old female atomic bomb survivor and wrote a report on what he learned for his homework.
The prince often enjoys playing “hand baseball,” a baseball game without a bat, with his friends after school. He is also interested in studying kanji, as the Chinese characters used in writing Japanese are called.
The imperial family is discussing his education after graduating from elementary school next March. Princess Mako and Princess Kako, the two elder sisters of Prince Hisahito, both have studied abroad.

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