Monthly Archives: June 2018

Asia-Pacific Ladies

On 29th June, HM Empress Michiko attended the ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Ladies Friendship Society took place in Tokyo.

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Greet Ancestral Gods

On 26th June, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited Imperial Palace Sanctuaries to report her home-coming from Russian Federation to the ancestral gods as the tradition of the Imperial Family.

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Princess Ayako will get engaged

On 26th June, Imperial Household Agency announced that HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado will get engaged.
HIH Princess Ayako is expected to attend the Press Conference on 2nd July with her fiance.

[NEWS] Princess Hisako’s daughter Ayako to get engaged to businessman

Text from The Japan Times

Princess Ayako, the youngest daughter of Princess Hisako and the late Prince Takamado, Emperor Akihito’s cousin, will get engaged to a businessman, the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday.
The future husband of the 27-year-old princess is Kei Moriya, 32, an employee of major shipping firm NYK Line, the agency announced.
Princess Ayako graduated from Josai International University in Chiba Prefecture and earned her master’s degree there in 2016. She is working as a research fellow at the university’s Faculty of Social Work Studies.
In 2014 her sister Princess Noriko married Kunimaro Senge, the eldest son of the chief priest of Izumo Taisha, a Shinto shrine in Shimane Prefecture.
Last year, the agency announced the planned engagement of Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, and Kei Komuro, but said in February that their wedding had been postponed until 2020 due to “lack of preparation.”
Under the Imperial House Law, female members of the Imperial family lose their royal family status when they marry a commoner.
When Princess Ayako and Princess Mako marry, the size of the Imperial family will drop to 17 and the number of female members to 12.

Takamado Family in 1994; Late Prince Norihito, HIH Princess Ayako, HIH Princess Hisako, Ms Noriko Senge (Former Princess Noriko), HIH Princess Tsuguko

Takamado Family in 2018; HIH Princess Hisako, HIH Princess Tsuguko, HIH Princess Ayako

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Russia Visit of Princess Takamado

From 18th June to 26th June, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited Russian Federation to watch the matches of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia as the Honorary President of Japan Football Association.
It was the first time for a member of Imperial Family to visit Russia since 1916.

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Supporting Children with Cancer

On 25th June, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the charity concert supporting the children with cancer and their families took place in Tokyo.

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Japan Academy Prize

On 25th June, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the 108th Award Ceremony of Japana Academy Prize took place in Tokyo.

After the award ceremony, Their Majesties held the tea party for the recipients of the Prize at Imperial Palace. HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino also attended the party.

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Rose “Princess Michiko”

On 24th June, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Nemunoki Garden in Tokyo. Nemunoki Garden is a small public park where Her Majesty’s family home used to stand.
Their Majesties enjoyed blooming rose named “Princess Michiko,” which was a gift from Britain in 1966.

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All members of Akishino Family

On 23rd June, the all members of Akishino Family attended the concert to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Republic of Indonesia took place in Tokyo.

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Mother and Daughter

On 23rd June, HM Empress Michiko attended the concert of the female pianist, Michie Koyama took place in Tokyo.
Ms Sayako Kuroda, the daughter of Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress also attended the concert with Mr Yoshiki Kuroda, the husband of Ms Sayako Kuroda.

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Hiroshima Visit of Prince Akishino

From 19th June to 20th June, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino visited Hiroshima Prefecture to attend the annual convention of Japan Association of Botanical Gardens as the President of the association.

On 19th June, HIH Prince Fumihito visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and offered flowers at the cenotaph for the atomic bomb victims.

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