Monthly Archives: May 2016

Memorial Service for the Unknown War Dead

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On 30th May, HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi attended the memorial service for the unknown war dead at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery.

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Spinning of Cocoons

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On 30th May, HM Empress Michiko moved silkworms to the straw net at the Cocoonery inside Inperial Palace. Her silkworms will spin silk on the net.

Photo from Sankei

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This Week’s Extras

On 23rd May, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito met with the ambassador of Kingdom of Morocco and his spouse at Crown Prince Resdience.

From 24th May to 25th May, HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa visited Aichi Prefecture to attend the Welfare Golf Tournament Prince Tomohito Memorial Cup.

On 25th May, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko met with the ambassador of Kingdom of Morocco and his spouse at Imperial Resdience.

On 25th May, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino attended the ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Association of Shinto Shrines (Jinja Honcho) took place in Tokyo.

On 26th and 27th May, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino attended the annual ordinary general meeting of Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) took place in Kanagawa Prefecture. HIH Prince Fumihito is the President of JAZA.

On 27th May, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino attended the presentation ceremony of research grant of The Waksman Foundation of Japan took place in Tokyo.

On 27th May, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa visited Imperial Palace Sanctuaries to report her homecoming from United Kingdom and Spain.

On 27th May, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited Kyoto Prefecture to attend the ceremony to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Asian Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.


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Rice Planting

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On 25th May, HM Emperor Akihito planted rice seedlings at the rice field inside Imperial Palace.
Emperor grows rice and offers to the gods at the religious services in Autumn.

Photo from Yomiuri


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Prime Minister of Canada

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On 24th May, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko met with The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and his wife at Imperial Residence.

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Imperial Sericulture

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On 24th May, HM Empress Michiko fed mulberry leaves to silkworms at the cocoonery inside Imperial Palace.
Empress raises silkworms in order to obtain raw silk as the tradition.

Photo from Yomiuri


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This Week’s Extras

From 14th May to 16th May, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa visited Hokkaido Prefecture to attend the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of The Hokkaido Youth Foundation for Science and Culture.

On 16th May, HM Emperor Akihito held the luncheon for the ambassadors and their spouses at Imperial Palace. HIH Princess Mako of Akishino and HIH Princess Tsuguko of Takamado also attended the luncheon.

On 16th May, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito met with the trainees of The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation at Crown Prince Residence.

On 17th May, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito met with Ms Barbara Hendricks, the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Federal Republic of Germany at Crown Prince Residence.

On 18th May, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito met with the 43rd Japan-Brazil Economic Mission at Crown Prince Residence.

On 18th May, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited Imperial Palace Sanctuaries to report their coming-back from Italian Republic.

On 18th May, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino inspected the new ocean investigation ship and attended the ceremony to pray for the safe cruise of the ship took place in Tokyo.

On 19th May, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited the Mausolums of Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun.

On 19th May, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa visited the Imperial Palace Sanctuaries prior to the visit to Spain and United Kingdom.

On 20th May, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa started the visit to Spain and United Kingdom to fulfill the duty as the visiting researcher of Global Exchange Organisation for Research and Education of Gakushuin University. HIH Princess Akiko will come back to Japan on 26th May.

On 21st May, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino attended the ceremony to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the establishment of Tokyo University of Agriculture and the reception took place in Tokyo.


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Queen Mother and Princess of Bhutan

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On 19th May, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Princess Aiko met with HM Queen Mother Tshering Yangdonat and HRH Princess Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck of Bhutan at Crown Prince Residence.

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On 20th May, HM Emperor Aihito and HM Empress Michiko also met with them at Imperial Residence.

Photo from Sankei


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Imperial Visit to Quake-hit Kumamoto

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On 19th May, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Kumamoto Prefecture to meet the residents affected by the major earthquakes that struck central Kyushu last month (the magnitude-6.5 quake on April 14, followed by a magnitude-7.3 quake two days later).
Due to the earthquake, 49 people have died and a lot of evacuees are stiil staying at the evacuation centers.

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New Ocean Investigation Ship

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On 18th May, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino inspected the new ocean investigation ship and attended the ceremony to pray for the safe cruise of the ship took place in Tokyo.

Photo from Mainichi


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