From 22nd August to 29th August, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Nagano Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture for the vacation.
On 23rd August, Their Majesties visited Ohinata Reclaimed Land in Karuizawa Town, Nagano Prefecture.
Ohinata Reclaimed Land was reclaimed by the returnees from Manchuria after the end of World War II.
On 27th August, Thier Majesties attended the 38th Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy & Festival took place in Kusatsu Town, Gunma Prefecture.
HM Empress Michiko participated in the workshop of the festival and practiced the piano with Mr Werner Hink, the Wien violinist.