Monthly Archives: December 2013

Gosakuramachi Empress

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On 24th December, the Imperial Religious Ceremonies commemorating the 200th anniversary of the death of Gosakuramachi Empress (1740-1813) was held both in Tokyo and Kyoto where there is the mausoleum of Gosakuramachi Empress. Gosakuramachi Empress is the latest female monarch in Japanese history.

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HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasanomiya attended the ceremony held at the mausoleum of Gosakuramachi Empress in Kyoto.

HIM Emperor Akihito and other members of Imperial Family also hold a ceremony at the temple inside Imperial Palace.

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Japan Student Science Award

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On 24th December, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishinonomiya attended the 57th Central Award Ceremony of Japan Student Science Award held in Tokyo.

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Emperor Akihito turned 80

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On 23rd December, HIM Emperor Akihito turned 80 years old.

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In advance of the birthday, on 18th December, His Majesty attended the Press Conference on the occasion of his birthday at Imperial Palace. Imperial Household Agency released Questions by the Press to be answered by His Majesty on the Occasion of His Majesty’s Birthday (2013), and the Activities of the Emperor over the Past Year in English at Imperial Household Agency Website.

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On 23rd December, several ceremonies celebrating the birthday were held at Imperial Palace. HIM Emperor Akihito, HIM Empress Michiko, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princes Masako, HIH Prince Fumihito, HIH Princess Kiko and HIH Princess Mako of Akishinonomiya appeared at the People’s Greeting.

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HIH Princess Kiko and HIH Princess Mako of Akishinonomiya from NHK News

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HIH Princess Mako of Akishinonomiya

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Tea Party with Ambassadors from FNN News


On the occasion of His Majesty’s Birthday, Imperial Household Agency released some never-before-published photos of His Majesty.

For example, you can see the photos of His Majesty attending Imperial Religious Ceremonies of Shintoism held inside Imperial Palace.

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Photos of His Majesty signing on Administration documents at Imperial Palace.

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Photo of His Majesty receiving a report from Mr Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan at Imperial Palace.

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Photos of His Majesty with researchers of fish (His Majesty has been researching Gobiidae for a long time)

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Luncheon for the Cabinet

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On 19th December, HIM Emperor Akihito held a luncheon for the members of the Cabinet at Imperial Palace. HIH Crown Prince Naruhito also joined the luncheon.
His Majesty usually holds a luncheon for members of Cabinet in year-end season.

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Tea Party for ASEAN leaders

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On 13th December, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko invited the leaders of ASEAN member nations and their spouses visiting Japan to attend The ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit Meeting to Imperial Palace and held a tea party.

HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko also joined the tea party.

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Funeral for Nalson Mandela

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On 10th December, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito arrived at Republic of South Africa and attended the funeral service for former South African President Nelson Mandela.
It is the first time for Imperial Family of Japan to attend the funeral of foreign dignitary other than members of Royal Family.

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Kimchi-pickling

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On 7th December, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamadonomiya attended the Kimchi(Korean pickle)-pickling event held in the embassy of Republic of Korea in Tokyo.

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Princess Akiko fell down

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On 6th December, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko came back to Japan from the visit to India. According to the custom, the members of Imperial Family greeted Their Majesties at Haneda International Airport. HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako, HIH Prince Fumihito, HIH Princess Kiko, HIH Princess Mako, HIH Princess Hanako, HIH Princess Akiko, HIH Princess Hisako, HIH Princess Tsuguko and HIH Princess Noriko greeted Their Majesties there.

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During the greeting, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasanomiya suddenly fell down. HIH Princess Akiko was transferred to Keio Gijuku University Hospital and received diagnosis of cerebral anemia.

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Memories in India

From 30th November to 6th December, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited India for the first time since 1960.


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On 30th November, Thier Majesties arrived at Palam Air Force Station in Dehli and got welcomed by HE Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India and his wife.

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Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko pose for a picture with children during their visit to the Lodhi garden in New Delhi

On 1st December, Their Majesties visited Rodhi Gardens in New Dehli.

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Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko interact with guests during their visit to the Lodhi garden in New Delhi

Japan's Empress Michiko interacts with guests during her visit to the Lodhi garden in New Delhi

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Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit the Lodhi garden in New Delhi

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Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave towards the crowd during their visit to the Lodhi garden in New Delhi

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On 1st December, Their Majesties visited the Embassy of Japan and inspected the tree of Buddha which Their Majesties planted in 1960.


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On 2nd December, Their Majesties attended the welcoming ceremony held at Presidential Residence and met with HE Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India.

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Japan's Emperor Akihito shakes hands with India's President Mukherjee as India's Prime Minister Singh and Japan's Empress Michiko look on during the emperor's ceremonial reception in New Dehli

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Japan's Empress Michiko shakes hands with Kaur, wife of India's Prime Minister Singh as India's President Mukherjee looks on at the forecourt of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Dehli

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Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko pose during emperor's ceremonial reception at the forecourt of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi


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On 2nd December, Their Majeties visited Raj Ghat, the memorial park for Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi(1869-1948).

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrive to place a wreath at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Rajghat in New Delhi

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Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko stand after placing a wreath at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Rajghat in New Delhi

Japan's Emperor Akihito scatters rose petals at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Rajghat in New Delhi

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On 2nd December, Their Majesties visited Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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On 2nd December, HIM Emperor Akihito met with HE Prime Minister Singh.

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On 2nd December, Their Majesties met with HE President Mukherjee.

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On 2nd December, Their Majesties attended the banquet hosted by HE President Mukherjee.

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On 3rd December, HIM Emperor Akihito met with Ms. Sushma Swaraj, the Leader of Opposition of India.

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On 3rd December, HIM Emperor Akihito met with Mr. Hamid Ansari, the Vice President of India.

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On 3rd December, Their Majesties visited India International Centre. Their Majesties once attended the cornerstone laying ceremony of India International Center when Their Majesties visited India in 1960.

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On 3rd December, Their Majesties visited Japanese School in New Delhi.

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On 3rd December, Their Majesties attended the reception held at Embassy of Japan.


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On 4th December, Their Majesties flied to Chennai and visited Kalakshetra, the cultural academy.

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On 5th December, Their Majesties visited Guindy National Park.

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On 5th December, Their Majesties visited the Association for the Disabled of Tamil Nadu.

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Duck-Netting

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On 4th December, HIH Princess Kiko and HIH Princess Mako of Akishinonomiya hosted Duck-Netting with ambassadors of 12 countries at Saitama Imperial Wild Duck Preserve (Saitama Kamoba) in Koshigaya City, Saitama Prefecture.
About Imperial Wild Duck Preserves (Imperial Household Agency Website)

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