Monthly Archives: May 2018

Sericulture Week of Empress Michiko

On 21st May and 24th May, HM Empress Michiko visited Imperial Cocoonery inside Imperial Palace for sericulture work.

Photo from Asahi and Sankei


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Against Culling

On 22nd May, HIH Princess Tsuguko of Takamado attended the symposium against culling of dogs and cats took place in Tokyo.

Photo from Sankei and TBS NEWS

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First Official Portrait

On 21st May, Imperial Household Agency unveiled a portrait of HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko. This is the first time the couple’s portrait was created with their approval.

Portrait of Emperor, Empress unveiled

Text from NHK World

Japan’s Imperial Household Agency unveiled a portrait of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Monday. This is the first time the couple’s portrait was created with their approval.
The oil painting was produced by Hiroshi Noda, a leading artist of realism. It was completed in January and delivered to the Imperial Palace in March.
In the artwork painted on a canvas 2 meters in both length and width, the Emperor stands on the left and the Empress half a step behind him on the right.
Eighty-one-year-old Noda has been close to the couple since they were crown prince and princess.
The agency says the idea of the Imperial portrait was raised 8 years ago. Noda produced the painting based on a photo taken 4 years ago.
He realistically depicted the texture of the couple’s skin, clothes and the wall in the background.
The agency says the Emperor and Empress are delighted with the painting.
Noda says he is honored to have been allowed to produce the portrait. He also says he struggled to depict the couple on the canvas, but he did his best.

Photo from Asahi


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Imperial Farming

On 20th May, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko sowed the seeds of dry-land rice and millet at the field inside Imperial Palace as the tradition. The Crown Prince Couple and the Akishino family also participated in the sowing.

Photo from Sankei


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Rice-planting of Princess Akiko

On 20th May, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa participated in rice-planting took place in Niigata Prefecture.
This rice-planting event was held by Shinyu-sha, the general incorporated association established by HIH Princess Akiko aimed at handing over Japanese traditional culture.

Photo from Sankei


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Sports Day of Prince Hisahito

On 19th May, HIH Prince Hisahito of Akishino participated in the sports meeting of his elementary school. HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino cheered HIH Prince Hisahito on.

Photo from Asahi


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Kagoshima Visit of Prince Akishino

From 17th May to 18th May, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino visited Kagoshima Prefecture to attend the General Meeting of JAZA (Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums) as the President of the association.

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International Roses and Gardening Show

On 17th May, HIH Princess Nobuko of Mikasa attended the opening ceremony of the 20th International Roses & Gardening Show took place in Saitama Prefecture.

Photo from Sponichi and Mainichi


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Pacific Islands Leaders

On 17th May, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko held the tea party for the Pacific Islands Leaders who attend the 8th PALM (Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting) at Imperial Palace.
HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and the other members of Imperial Family also attended the tea party.

Photo from Sankei


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Final as the Empress

On 16th May, HM Empress Michiko, the Honorary President of Japanese Red Cross Society attended the Annual Convention of the Society took place in Tokyo.
HIH Crown Princess Masako, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino, HIH Princess Nobuko of Mikasa and HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado, the Honorary Vice-Presidents of the Society also attended the Convention.

It became the last time for HM Empress MIchiko to attend the Convention as the Empress. HM Empress Michiko became the Honorary Vice-President of the Society as the Crown Princess right after she got married to HM Emperor Akihito in 1959 and became the Honorary President of the Society as the Empress in 1989. HM Empress Michiko has engaged in various activities of Japanese Red Cross Society for about 60 years.

At last, HM Empress Michiko introduced HIH Crown Princess Masako as the next Honorary President of the Society.

Photo from Mainichi, Nikkei, Asahi and Kyodo


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