On 28th April, HIH Prince Masahito of Hitachi attended the Award Ceremony of the 33rd Ueno Royal Museum Award took place at Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo.
HIH Prince Masahito is the President of Japan Art Association which manages the museum.
Photo from Sankei
From 26th April to 27th April, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited Toyama Prefecture to attend the opening ceremony of Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) took place in Toyama City.
HIH Princess Hisako is the Honorary President of ASSW 2015.
Photo from Kitanippon Shimbun and KNB
On 27th April, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the 9th Award Ceremony of Midori Prize and the reception took place in Tokyo.
Midori Prize is awarded to the researchers contributing for nature protection or plant research.
Photo from Asahi
From 25th April to 26th April, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited Akita Prefecture to attend the exhibition of Netsuke collected by Prince Norihito of Takamado (1954-2002) and HIH Princess Hisako. Netsuke are Japanese traditional miniature sculptures.
HIH Princess Hisako delivered a lecture about her Netsuke collection
Photo from Sankei
On 24th April, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the Concert of Gagaku performed by the court musicians of Imperial Household Agency Music Department took place at Imperial Household Agency Music Department Hall inside Imperial Palace East Garden.
Gagaku is the ancient imperial court music and dances. Gagaku performed by the court musicians of the Imperial Household Agency Music Department is designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan. In 2009, Gagaku performed by Imperial Household Agency Music Department was also inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in accordance with the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
On 23rd April, the Akishino Family held the banquet for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand at Akishinonomiya Residence.
Akishino Family and the Royal Family of Thailand have a close relationship. HIH Prince Fumihio and HIH Princess Kiko have visited Thailand several times. In 1990, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn attended the wedding of HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko. In 2003, HIH Princess Mako and HIH Princess Kako also visited Thailand with their parents.
Photo from Asahi
On 23rd April, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the 31st Award Ceremony of Japan Prize took place in Tokyo. Their Majesties also attended the commemorative concert and the reception.
The Japan Prize is awarded annually to scientists and engineers from around the world who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology, thereby furthering the cause of peace and prosperity of mankind.
Photo from Yomiuri and Mainichi
On 22nd April, HIH Princess Akiko and HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa visited Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on the occasion of the Spring Grand Ritual of the Shrine.
Yasukuni Shrine is a Shinto shrine in central Tokyo that commemorates Japan’s war dead. The shrine was founded in 1869 with the purpose of enshrining those who have died in war for their country and sacrificed their lives to help build the foundation for a peaceful Japan.
The spirits of about 2.5 million people, who died for Japan in the conflicts accompanying the Meiji Restoration, in the Satsuma Rebellion, the First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War, the First World War, the Manchurian Incident, the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Pacific War, are enshrined at Yasukuni Shrine in form of written records, which note name, origin and date and place of death of everyone enshrined.
Photo from Sankei
On 21st April, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko held the Spring Imperial Garden Party inviting 1,791 guests at Akasaka Gyoen Imperial Garden in Tokyo. The other members of Imperial Family also attended the party.
Photo from Sankei, Japantoday and Sankei
On 9th April, HIH Princess Nobuko of Mikasa turned 60 years old. Let us look back the history of HIH Princess Nobuko celebrating the 60th birthday.
Press Conference for announcing the engagement of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa (1946-2012) and Ms Nobuko Aso / 18th April 1980
The Wedding / 7th November 1980
HIH Princess Nobuko gave birth to HIH Princess Akiko (1981) and HIH Princess Yoko (1983)
with Princess Diana (1986)
HIH Princess Nobuko suffered from transient ischemic attack in May 2004, which forced her to withdraw for a time in the villa in the town of Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture for medical treatment and rest. In 2008, HIH Princess Nobuko also suffered from bronchial asthma and was hospitalized. HIH Princess Nobuko went to her hometown for medical care and then came back to Tokyo.
HIH Princess Nobuko became a widow on 6 June 2012, upon the death of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa.
On 1st November 2013, HIH Princess Nobuko visited Fukushima Prefecture to encourage the people affected by Great East Japan Earthquake. It was her first official appearance in 7 years.
Imperial Banquest for HM King Willem-Alexander and HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands / 29th October 2014
The Ceremony of New Year’s Celebration / 1st January 2015
HIH Princess Nobuko turned 60 years old on 9th April 2015 .