Monthly Archives: June 2015

Tea Party with Contributors for Palau Visit

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On 29th June, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko held the Tea Party with the contributors for the Palau Visit of Their Majesties in April at Imperial Palace.

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Silver Wedding of Akishino Couple

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On 29th June, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko released a collection of dialogue between them reflecting on their 25 years of marriage on the occasion of their silver wedding.

(Photo: The Wedding on 29th June 1990)

[Article] Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko reflect on 25 years of marriage

Text from Mainichi

Prince Akishino, 49, and Princess Kiko, 48, of Japan’s Imperial Family, have released a collection of dialogue between them reflecting on their 25 years of marriage.

The prince and princess were married on June 29, 1990, while Princess Kiko was a graduate student at Gakushuin University. Their thoughts on the 25 years since then were publically released via the Imperial Household Agency.

Though he may not often put it into words, Prince Akishino says that he has feelings of appreciation for his wife in the dialogue.

According to the Imperial Household Agency, Prince Akishino came up with the idea of releasing their reflections in dialogue form. The couple wrote their thoughts while they talked together.

The writings cover seven sections including, “How We Met,” “Wedding Day and a New Home,” and “The Children.” Princess Kiko reflected that she was “surprised” by the prince’s proposal, made as they waited at a traffic light. She also recalled she was worried that the wedding preparations wouldn’t be finished on time, as Prince Akishino was studying in Great Britain and they couldn’t keep in touch easily.

Regarding their children, the prince wrote that he received a Father’s Day card from Princess Mako, who is in Britain, and that it made him unusually happy. The princess, meanwhile, said she was moved when she received a card (with this year’s zodiac animal on it) for Mother’s Day.”

Both the prince and princess gave their evaluations of their marriage so far. Prince Akishino gave himself a very “borderline OK.” Princess Kiko also gave herself an “OK,” but said it’s an OK that includes all kinds of possibilities.

The princess then concluded by saying that she will be happy if the couple can continue to grow old together, working together toward various possibilities.

Prince Akishino received his current title upon marriage. They have three children, their daughters Mako, born in 1991, and Kako, born in 1994, and their son Hisahito, born in 2006.

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Crown Prince Couple visit Their Majesties

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On 29th June, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako visited Imperial palace and met with HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko on the occasion of the visit to Kingdom of Tonga from 2nd July.

It is the custom for Imperial Family to meet with Their Majesties before the visit to foreign countries.

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Birthday Concert

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On 26th June, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the Concert celebrating the 80th birthday of Her Majesty took place at Peace Flower Music Hall inside Imperial Palace.
The other members of Imperial Family also attended the concert.

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HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako

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HIH Princess Kako and HIH Princess Kiko

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Their Majesties

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HIH Princess Kiko, HIH Princess Kako, HIH Princess Nobuko

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Attestaion Ceremony for Olympics Minister

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On 25th June, HIM Emperor Akihito attended the attestation ceremony for Mr Toshiaki Endo, the state minister for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a new post created as the special measures law for the Games took effect on that day, took place at Imperial Palace.

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50th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic ties

On 22nd June, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic ties between Japan and Republic of Korea took place in Tokyo.

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Japan Art Academy Prize

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On 22th June, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the 71st Award Ceremony of Japan Art Academy Prize took place at Japan Art Academy Hall in Tokyo.

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After the ceremony, Their Majesties held the tea party for the recipients of the prize at Imperial Palace. HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino also attended the tea party.

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Kagawa Visit of Akishino Couple

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On 21st June, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited Ayagawa Town, Kagawa Prefecture to attended the Rice Planting Festival commemorating the 100th anniversary of Daijo-sai (Great Thanksgiving Festival) of Emperor Taisho (1879-1926).
The rice paddy of Ayagawa Town provided the sacred rice for the Daijo-sai of Emperor Taisho in 1915.

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Photo from Shikoku Shimbun and Asahi

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Prince Takamatsu Memorial Cup

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On 21st June, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa attended the award ceremony of the 66th Prince Takamatsu Memorial Cup bicycle race took place in Kishiwada City, Osaka Prefecture.

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Miyagi Visit of Princess Akiko

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On 20th June, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa delivered the lecture about her experience as a doctroal student in United Kingdom and the activity of Shinyusha at the symposium of social welfare service corporation took place in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture.

Photo from Kahoku Shimpo

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