Monthly Archives: January 2015

New Aiiku Hospital

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On 21st January, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino attended the opening ceremony of newly-built Aiiku Hospital run by Association for Maternal/Child Health & Welfare, Imperial Gift Foundation took place in Tokyo. HIH Princess Kiko is the President of Association for Maternal/Child Health & Welfare.
Aiiku Hospital originally opened in 1938 celebrating the birth of HIM Emperor Akihito and HIH Princess Kiko gave birth to HIH Prince Hisahito at the hospital in 2006.

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Lecture by Crown Prince

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On 21st January, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito delivered a lecture titled “Story of my experience at  the University of Oxford” for the students of Gakushuin Women’s College, Faculty of Intercultural Studies in Tokyo.

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Sumo tournament

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On 18th January, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko watched Sumo tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan (the national-sport arena) in Tokyo. It is the first time for Their Majesties to watch Sumo tournament since 2011. Sumo is the de facto national sport of Japan.

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Remember Great Hanshin Earthquake

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From 16th January to 17th January, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited Hyogo Prefecture to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake.

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On 16th January, Their Majesties visited Hyogo Emergency Medical Center in Kobe City.

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On 17th January,  Their Majesties attended the ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake took place in Kobe City. Great Hanshin Earthquake occurred on 17th January 1995. Due to the earthquake, approximately 6,434 people lost their lives.

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Gown of Red and Blue

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On 16th January, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa published the book named “Gown of Red and Blue” describing her days in Oxford. HIH Princess Akiko studied at Merton College as a doctoral student from October 2004 till January 2010 when she passed her final examination. In 2011, she was awarded a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford.

【楽天ブックスならいつでも送料無料】赤と青のガウン [ 彬子女王 ]

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Mausolums Visit

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On 15th January, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino visited the mausolums of Emperor Taisho (1879-1926), Empress Teimei (1884-1951), Emperor Showa (1901-1989) and Empress Kojun (1903-2000) in Hachioji City, Tokyo to report her coming-of-age.

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New Year’s Poetry Reading

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On 14th January, Ceremony of Utakai-Hajime (New Year’s Poetry Reading) took place at Imperial Palace.
The Ceremony of Utakai Hajime is a ceremony to read a collection of poems on a common theme. This year’s theme was “Hon (the alphabet which means book or origin).”
The poems including those chosen from submissions by the general public, poems of the selectors themselves, poems by professional poets and poems of Imperial Family were recited.

Imperial Household Agency released the English translation of the poems of Emperor, Empress, Crown Prince and Crown Princess at Imperial Household Agency Website.

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Imperial New Year’s Lectures

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On 9th January, The Ceremony of Kousho Hajime (Imperial New Year’s Lectures) took place at Imperial Palace.
This is a ceremony in which the members of Imperial Family listen to experts’ explanations in the fields of human, social and natural sciences in their respective field.
This year, Mr. Shigetada Nakanishi, scholar of biochemistry and Honorary Professor of Kyoto University; Mr. Takashi Shiraishi, scholar of international politics and President of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Mr. Koji Kawamoto, scholar of comparative literature and Honorary Professor of The University of Tokyo delivered lectures.

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Take Off for United Kingdom

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On 8th January, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino took off for United Kingdom. HIH Princess Mako studies museology at Graduate School of University of Leicester since September 2014.

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New Year’s Greeting

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On 2nd January, HIM Emperor Akihito and the other members of Imperial Family appeared 5 times at People’s Greeting of New Year at Imperial Palace. About 81,030 people gathered at Imperial Palace.

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HIH Princess Kako of Akishino

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HIH Princess Kiko, HIH Princess Mako and HIH Princess Kako

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HIH Princess Kako, HIH Prince Takahito and HIH Princess Nobuko

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HIH Princess Kiko, HIH Princess Mako, HIH Princess Kako, HIH Princess Nobuko and HIH Princess Akiko

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HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako entering Imperial Palace

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