Monthly Archives: October 2013

National Sports Festival 2013

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On 28th September, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the opening ceremony of National Sports Festival 2013 in Tokyo.

During the festival, Imperial Family watched several games during the festival.

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29th September, HIH Princess Kiko and HIH Princess Mako of Akishinonomiya watched volleyball match and Naginata (long-handled sword) match.

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On 30th September, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamadonomiya watched Rugby match.

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On 3rd October, HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachinomiya watched Weight Lifting.

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On 5th October, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko watched Handball match.

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On 7th October, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko watched Boxing match.

In addition, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishinonomiya watched basketball match, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamadonomiya watched Soccer match, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasanomiya watched Fencing match and HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasanomiya watched Kendo match and so on.

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On 8th October, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishinonomiya attended the closing ceremony of National Sports Festival 2013.

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National Taiko Contests for the Disabled

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On 6th October, HIM Empress Michiko attended the 15th National Taiko (Japanese Drum) Contests for the Disabled.

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People’s Self-Defense Officials

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On 4th October, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasanomiya attended the 11th Award Ceremony of People’s Self-Defense Officials.

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Ceremony of Sick Retired Soldiers

1380786979617 On 3rd October, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of establishment of  Act on Special Aid to the Wounded and Sick Retired Soldiers and the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Japanese Disabled Veterans Association. The Association is going to be dissolved in November.

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Transfer of Goddess

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On 2nd October, the Transfer ceremony of Ise Jingu Grand Shrine was held in Mie Prefecture. Ise Jingu enshrines the Goddess named Amaterasu Omikami which is considered as an ancestor of Imperial Family. The shrine pavilions of Ise Jingu are rebuilt once every 20 years and Gods transfer from the old to the new.
Ms. Atsuko Ikeda, the elder sister of HIM Emperor Akihito and Ms. Sayako Kuroda, the daughter of HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko led the ceremonies. Ms. Ikeda is 82 years old and the head priest of Ise Jingu since 1988 and Ms. Kuroda is the temporary head priest to support Ms. Ikeda since 2012.

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HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishinonomiya attended the transfer ceremony as the representative of Imperial Family.
HIM Emperor Akihito and members of Imperial Family also pray to the Gods of Ise Jingu at that time from Tokyo.

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new pavillion for Amaterasu Omikami

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Ms. Atsuko Ikeda, the head priest of Ise Jingu

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Prime Minister of Spain

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On 2nd October, HIM Emperor Akihito met with HE Mr. Mariano RAJOY BREY,President of the Government of Spain at Imperial Palace.

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HRH Prince Andrew

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On 1st October, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito met with HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York at Crown Prince Residence.

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