Monthly Archives: August 2015

Sign Language Speech Contest

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On 29th August, HIH Princess Kiko and HIH Princess Kako of Akishino attended the 32nd Sign Language Speech Contest for Senior Highschool Students took place in Tokyo.

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HIH Princess Kiko made a speech in sign language.

Photo from Asahi

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Piano Playing of Empress Michiko

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On 27th August, HIM Empress Michiko participated in the workshop of The 36th Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy & Festival took place in Kusatsu Town, Gunma Prefecture. HIM Empress performed “Morgen” of R. Strauss with Ms. Gemma Bertagnolli, the Italian soprano singer at the workshop.

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After the workshop, Their Majesties enjoyed the concert.

Photo from Asahi

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Exhibition on War

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On 22nd August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Princess Aiko visited the exhibition on war took place at Hibiya Library & Museum in Tokyo.

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Summer Vacation of Their Majesties

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On 22nd, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko arrived in Karuizawa Town, Nagano Prefecture for the vacation.
Their Majesties will stay in Karuizawa Town and Kusatsu Town, Gunma Prefecture until 29th August.

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On 22nd August, Their Majesties visited Ohinata Reclaimed Land which is reclaimed by the returnees from Manchuria after World War II in Karuizawa Town.

Photo from Asahi

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Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta

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On 20th May, HIM Empress Michiko attended the Concert of Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta took place at Tokyo Opera City in Tokyo.
Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta is established after Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in 2011 aimed at supporting the children in Fukushima.

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Remembering Children Victims in Okinawa

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On 17th August, HIH Prince Fumihito, HIH Princess Kiko, HIH Princess Kako and HIH Prince Hisahito of Akishino attended the meeting to commemorate the children victims of Battle of Okinawa in 1945 took place in Tokyo.

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Memorial Service for the War Dead

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On 15th August, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the Memorial Service for the War Dead took place at Nihon Budokan in Tokyo.

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Address by His Majesty the Emperor on the Occasion of the Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead (August 15, 2015)

Text from Imperial Household Agency

On this Day to Commemorate the War Dead and Pray for Peace, my thoughts are with the people who lost their precious lives in the last war and their bereaved families, as I attend this Memorial Ceremony with a deep and renewed sense of sorrow.

Seventy years have passed since the end of the war, and our country today enjoys peace and prosperity, thanks to the ceaseless efforts made by the people of Japan towards recovery from the devastation of the war and towards development, always backed by their earnest desire for the continuation of peace. When I look back on the arduous and sincere steps taken by the people in the course of this long postwar period, I cannot help but be overcome with deep emotion.

Reflecting on our past and bearing in mind the feelings of deep remorse over the last war, I earnestly hope that the ravages of war will never be repeated. Together with all of our people, I now pay my heartfelt tribute to all those who lost their lives in the war, both on the battlefields and elsewhere, and pray for world peace and for the continuing development of our country.

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Rubber-ball Baseball Championship

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On 12th August, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the 35th All Japan Junior Rubber-ball Baseball Championship Takamado Cup took place in Tokyo.

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Peace Memorial Concert

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On 11th August, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the concert of Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra commemorating the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima took place in Tokyo.

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Hyogo Visit of Akishino Couple

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On 11th August, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited Kobe Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture.

Photo from Yomiuri

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