On 30th November, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko departed from Japan to visit India. It is the first time for Their Majesties to visit India since the 1960.
Imperial Household Agency released His Majesty the Emperor’s Thoughts on the Occasion of His Visit to India (November 28, 2013).
Their Majesties inside Government Plane
From 24th November to 26th November, HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachinomiya visited Shiga prefecture mainly to attend the National Exhibition for Young Inventors 2013.
On 26th November, Thier Imperial Highnesses visited Lake Biwa Museum in Oroshimo Town, Shiga prefecture.
On 25th November, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the ceremony commemorating the 120th anniversary of fire company and the 65th anniversary of local fire defense system held in Tokyo.
On 21st November, the memorial service for Prince Norihito(1954-2002) was held both in Takamadonomiya House and Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery.
Prince Norihito of Takamadonomiya suddenly died due to ventricular fibrillation on 21st November 2002.
HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasaomiya, the mother of Prince Norihito
On 21st November, HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasanomiya attended the ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of establishment of IAUD (International Association for Universal Design) held in Yokohama city, Kanagawa prefecture.
HIH Princess Yoko took over the chair of the president of IAUD from her father Prince Tomohito (1946-2012).
On 20th November, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited the Mausoleums of Emperor Showa(1901-1989) and Empress Kojun(1903-2000) prior to the visit to India from 30th November.
As customary, Emperor and Empress visit the Mausoleums of Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun before the visit to foreign country.
On 20th November, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasanomiya attended the reception commemorating the HIH Princess Akiko’s accession to the president of The Japan-Turkey Society held in Tokyo.
HIH Princess Akiko took over the presidency of The Japan-Turkey Society from her father Prince Tomohito(1946-2012) in June.
On 18th November, HIM Emperor Akihito attended the credentials-submission ceremony for new ambassador of United States of America, HE Ms. Caroline Kennedy at Imperial Palace.
Ms. Kennedy receives remarkable attention from Japanese society because she is the daughter of John F Kennedy, the former US president.
New ambassador is taken to Imperial Palace by Imperial Horse-drawn Carriage or Toyota Century Royal. Most of all ambassadors request Horse-drawn Carriage.
On 18th November, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the 29th award ceremony of International Prize for Biology held in Tokyo.
From 16th November to 17th November, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito visited Saitama prefecture mainly to attend the 38th National Tree-Care Festival.