Monthly Archives: March 2015

World Equestrian Games

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On 29th March, HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi watched World Equestrian Games took place in Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture.
HIH Princess Hanako is the Honorary President of Japan Equestrian Federation.

Photo from Shizuoka Shimbun

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Workshop in Minamisanriku

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On 28th March, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa attended the workshop of Shinyusha took place in Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture. Minamisanriku Town was heavily affected by Tsunami caused by Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on 11th March 2011.

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HIH Princess Akiko is the President of Shinyusha which is the organization established by herself to provide children with the opportunities to learn Japanese traditional culture. This time, HIH Princess Akiko and the children made traditional paper decorations for household Shinto alters.

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Photo from Sankei

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Crown Prince & Crown Princess of Denmark

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On 28th March, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko met with HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary of Kingdom of Denmark and held the luncheon at Imperial Residence.

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At the evening, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako met with Their Royal Highnesses and held the banquet at Crown Prince Residence.

Photo from Daily Mail and Asahi

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Spiritual Greenland

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On 27th March, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Tsuguko of Takamado met with HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary of Kingdom of Denmark. They attended the opening ceremony and the reception of Spiritual Greenland, the exhibition of Greenlandic cultural artefacts and illustrated narratives about Greenland’s past, took place in Tokyo.

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Photo from gettyimages

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Prime Minister of Portugal

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On 27th March, HIM Emperor Akihito met with HE Mr. Pedro Passos Coelho, Prime Minister of the Portuguese Republic at Imperial Palace.

Photo from Sankei

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Mr Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore

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On 26th March, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko sent flowers for Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore who passed away on 23rd March.
It is the first time for Emperor and Empress to send flowers to deceased prime minister of foreign country.
Their Majesties had met with Mr. Lee 11 times in the past and formed a close friendship.

HIM Emperor Akihito also sent telegrams of condolence to HE Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore and HE Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore on 24th March.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend the state funeral for Mr. Lee as the representative of Japan.

Photo from Channel NewsAsia

 

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Student Inventors

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On 25th March, HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi attended the award ceremony of the 73rd All Japan Exhibiton for Student Inventors took place at Science Museum in Tokyo.
HIH Prince Masahito is the President of Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation.

Photo from Mainichi

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President of Indonesia

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On 23rd March, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko met with HE Ir. H. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia and the First Lady at Imperial Palace. After the audience, Their Majesties held the luncheon.

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HIM Empress Michiko, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino showed Presidential Couple over Higashi Gyoen (East Gardens) of Imperial Palace. They watched Butterfly Koi which is created by mating Hire-naga-goi, originally from Indonesia, and Nishiki-goi based on the idea of HIM Emperor Akihito.
HIM Emperor Akihito refrained from joining the walk due to a cold.

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Photo from Asahi and Sankei

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Returned Soldiers from Peleliu

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On 22nd March, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko met with Mr Keiji Nagai and Mr Kiyokazu Tsuchida who are the survivors of Battle of Peleliu in 1944 at Imperial Residence.

Their Majesties will visit Republic of Palau in April to comfort the spirits of war dead commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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Photo from Asahi

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Distinguished Medical Contributor

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On 20th March, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko met with the recipients of the Award for Distinguished Medical Care at Imperial Palace.

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Photo from Sankei

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