On 8th June, the members of Imperial Family visited Katsuranomiya Residence in Tokyo after the death of Prince Yoshihito of Katsuranomiya (Prince Katsura).
HIH Crown Prince and HIH Crown Princess
HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Mako of Akishinonomiya
HIH Princess Kiko, HIH Prince Hisahito, HIH Princess Mako
HIH Princess Mako, HIH Princess Kako
HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachinomiya
HIH Princess Yoko, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasanomiya
HIH Princess Hisako of Takamadonomiya
HIH Prince Takahito of Mikasanomiya, the father of Prince Katsura
On 8th June, HIH Prince Yoshihito of Katsuranomiya (Prince Katsura) died of acute cardiac failure. He was 66 years old.
Prince Yoshihito is the second son of HIH Prince Takahito and HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasanomiya.
Prince Yoshihito had been paralyzed from the waist down since suffering a series of strokes in May 1988, and used a wheelchair. Despite his disability, he took an active role in public service, and appeared regularly at award ceremonies, diplomatic events, and as President of various charity organizations. However, he had been hospitalized on and off since 2008 due to blood poisoning.
Activities of His Imperial Highness Prince Katsura (Imperial Household Agency Website)
Personal History of His Imperial Highness Prince Katsura (Imperial Household Agency Website)
On 6th June, the memorial service for Prince Tomohito of Mikasanomiya(1946-2012) was held at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo. Prince Tomohito is the father of HIH Princess Akiko and HIH Princess Yoko.
HIH Prince Takahito of Mikasanomiya, the father of Prince Tomohito
HIH Princess Noriko of Takamadonomiya
From 4th June to 5th June, HIH Princess Kiko and HIH Princess Mako of Akishinonomiya visited Yamagata Prefecture.
On 4th June, Their Imperial Highnesses attended the opening ceremony of ASPAC(Asia-Pacific Conference) held by JCI(Junior Chamber International) in Yamagata City.
On 5th June, Their Imperial Highnesses visited the museum of bastard saffron in Kahoku Town.
On 3rd June, HIM Emperor Akihito, HIM Empress Michiko, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko attended the ceremony celebrating the 140 anniversary of the establishment of Kasumi Kaikan.
Kasumi Kaikan is the aristocracy club made up of eldest sons and grandsons of Japan’s old nobility.
On 2nd June, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishinonomiya attended the award ceremony of The 61st Sankei Children’s Publication Culture Award held in Tokyo.
On 2nd June, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited the rehabilitation center for disabled people in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture.
Their Majesties also visited Kariyatagawa Disaster Prevention Park in Mitsuke City, Niigata Prefecture.
From 31st May to 2nd June, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited Niigata Prefecture mainly to attend the 65th National Tree-Planting Festival.
On 31st May, Their Majesties visited the museum of Jomon Pottery in Nagaoka City.
On 1st June, Their Majesties attended the 65th National Tree-Planting Festival held in Nagaoka City.
Nagaoka City is the epicenter of Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake which killed 68 people occurred on 23rd October 2004. Their Majesties observed a silent prayer for the victims of Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake.