Monthly Archives: June 2015

President of Niger

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On 19th June, HIM Emperor Akihito met with HE Mr Issoufou Mahamadou, President of the Republic of Niger at Imperial Residence.

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Private Tour of Their Majesties

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From 17th June to 18th June, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited Miyagi Prefecture and Yamagata Prefecture as a private tour.

On 17th June, Their Majesties visited Kitaharao District of Zao Town, Miyagi Prefecture which was reclaimed by Japanese returnees from Republic of Palau after the end of World War II.
Their Majesties visited Republic of Palau in April to comfort the souls of the war dead there commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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On 18th June, Their Majesties visited Higashine City, Yamagata Prefecture and enjoyed cherry picking. Higashine City ranks first in the production of cherry in Japan.

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Fukushima Visit of Akishino Couple

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On 17th June, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko visited Fukushima Prefecture to inspect the current situation of recovery and reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on 11th March 2011. It is the 4th time for them to visit Fukushima Prefecture after Great East Japan Earthquake.

Photo from Fukushima Minpo

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Crown Prince Couple Visits Child-care Facility

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On 16th June, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako visited the Child-care Facility in Tokyo.
Until last year, Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress had visited Children’s Facilities in commemoration of Children’s Day (5th May) every year since 1992. From this year, Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess took over this official duty from Their Majesties.

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Art Olympia

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On 15th June, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa visited the 1st Art Olympia Exhibition took place in Tokyo.

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Princess Takamado got back from Sweden

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On 15th June, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado finished the travel to Kingdom of Sweden and arrived at Tokyo International Airport.

Photo from TV Asahi

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Japanese Art in England

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On 13th June, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa delivered the lecture about the History of Japanese Art in England at Kyoto Sangyo University in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture.

HIH Princess Akiko once researched William Anderson’s collection at the British Museum when she was a doctoral student at Oxford University.
William Anderson (1842-1900) was an English surgeon who taught anatomy and surgery in Japan and became an important scholar and collector of Japanese art.

HIH Princess Akiko also participated in the panel discussion about the Rinpa School, one of the major historical schools of Japanese painting.

Photo from Kyoto Shimbun

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Wedding of Swedish Prince

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On 13th June, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the wedding of HRH Prince Carl Philip of Kingdom of Sweden and Ms Sofia Hellqvist took place in Stockholm.

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Okayama Visit of Prince Akishino

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From 11th June to 12th June, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino visited Okayama Prefecture.
On 11th June, HIH Prince Fumihito visited the exhibition of gourds commemorating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Japan Gourd Club took place in Okayama City.
HIH Prince Fumihito is the Honorary President of All Japan Gourd Club.

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On 12th June, HIH Prince Fumihito visited the facility for handicapped people producing Bizen ware.

Photo from Sankei and Yomiuri

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Crown Prince Couple will visit Tonga

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On 12th June, the Government of Japan approved that HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako visit Kingdom of Tonga from 2nd July to 6th July to attend the Coronation of HM King Tupou VI.

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