Monthly Archives: June 2018

Japan Art Academy Prize

On 18th June, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the 74th Award Ceremony of Japan Art Academy Prize took place in Tokyo.

On that day, 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 tea party.

Photo from Yomiuri and Kyodo

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Meeting Grandparents

On 17th June, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino visited Imperial Residence and met with HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko to report her home-coming.

Photo from Yomiuri

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Remebering Empress Kojun

On 16th June, the memorial service for late Empress Kojun (1903-2000) took place at Imperial Palace Sanctuary and the members of Imperial Family gathered at Imperial Palace.

Photo from Asahi

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Princess Kako came back to Japan

On 15th June, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino came back to Japan from United Kingdom.
HIH Princess Kako studied at the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures at the University of Leeds in England, as an exchange student from the International Christian University in Tokyo.

Japan’s Princess Kako completes her studies in U.K.

Text from The Japan Times

LEEDS, ENGLAND – Princess Kako, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, has completed a study program at the University of Leeds in England.
The second daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko left Japan in September last year to study at the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures at the university in West Yorkshire, England, as an exchange student from the International Christian University in Tokyo.
The princess will return to Japan on Friday.
She completed all curriculum requirements, including exams, in early June, according to the Imperial Household Agency. On holidays, she traveled to Spain and Portugal with her friends.
Monday, Princess Kako participated in a photo session at a university theater – now a familiar venue for the 23-year-old princess who took many performing arts classes during the program.
During the session, the princess, wearing a blue dress and a black jacket, listened to the explanations about performing arts from Alan Langlands, the university’s vice chancellor, and Alice O’Grady, head of the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the university.

Photo from Mainichi and Asahi

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Last Company Tour

On 15th June, HM Emperor Akihito visited the sheet metal plant (Hamano Products.Co.,Ltd.) in Tokyo.
It is considered to be the last time for HM Emperor Akihito to visit a company as the Emperor.

Photo from Asahi

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Children’s Publishing Culture Award

On 12th June, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino attended the 65th Award Ceremony of Sankei Children’s Publishing Culture Award took place in Tokyo.

Photo from Sankei

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Celebration of Silver Wedding Anniversary

On 12th June, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako visited Imperial Residence and had lunch with HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.

Photo from Tokushima Shimbun

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Last Fukushima

From 9th June to 11th June, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Fukushima Prefecture to attend the 69th National Tree-Planting Festival and inspect the affected area of Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred in 2011.
It is considered to be the last time for Their Majesties to visit Fukushima Prefecture as the Emperor and the Empress.

On 9th June, Their Majesties met withe the residents of public restoration housing in Iwaki City.

At the evening, Their Majesties attended the reception of the 69th National Tree-Planting Festival took place in Iwaki City.

On 10th June, Their Majesties attended the 69th National Tree-Planting Festival took place in Minamisoma City.

On 11th June, Their Majesties visited the cenotaph for the victims of the huge tsunami occurred in 2011 in Soma City.

On that day, Their Majesties visited the wholesale market in Soma City which was rebuilt after the Great East Japan Earthquake and met with the family of the victims of tsunami.

Photo from Asahi1, 2, 3, 4 and Sankei1 and 2

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Silver Wedding Anniversary

On 9th June, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako marked their silver wedding anniversary.

Crown prince, princess celebrate silver anniv. ahead of enthronement

Text from The Mainichi

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Crown Prince Naruhito, on the occasion of his 25th wedding anniversary Saturday, expressed resolve to “firmly play the role of emperor as the symbol (of the state) as stipulated in the current Constitution” ahead of his enthronement next May 1.
The crown prince, 58, in a statement issued with Crown Princess Masako to mark their silver wedding anniversary, said he believes it is important to inherit the tradition of the imperial family while responding to changes in society.
In relation to his 54-year-old wife the crown princess, who has spent more than half of the past 25 years battling a stress-induced illness, the crown prince said she is “doing her best to recover.”
He also said he hopes the public will “take a long-term and warm look” at her efforts. Her condition has improved in recent years and she has appeared more often in public.
The crown princess said in the statement she will “continue praying for people’s happiness” after becoming empress. The couple also expressed gratitude to each other for providing support.
Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne the day after his 84-year-old father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates on April 30, based on his desire to step down due to concern about his age and failing health.
The crown prince, who has made research into water issues his lifework, was educated at Tokyo’s Gakushuin University and studied for two years at the University of Oxford’s Merton College.
At a Gakushuin reunion in January this year, the crown prince told friends who were chatting about reaching the retirement age of 60 in the near future, “In my case, I will be getting started,” according to Yuko Matsuoka, who studied with the crown prince and was also at the gathering.
Matsuoka said she felt the crown prince’s “positive feelings about his enthronement” in the remark.
The crown prince and crown princess married on June 9, 1993, after courting for years since first meeting at a reception for Spain’s Princess Elena in 1986.
Harvard-educated Crown Princess Masako, a commoner like Empress Michiko, 83, accepted a marriage proposal and quit her career at the Foreign Ministry, saying she was moved when the crown prince told her, “I will protect you with all my might for my entire life.”
Eight and a half years after their marriage, their only child, Princess Aiko, was born in December 2001, following a miscarriage. But the princess cannot ascend the throne as Japan’s current law stipulates that only males born to the male lineage of the imperial family can.
The crown princess remained under pressure to bear a male heir and began receiving treatment for a physical and mental ailment in late 2003. She was later diagnosed with adjustment disorder.
There has been media speculation of a family rift in the imperial household, especially after the crown prince said in May 2004 in a press conference, “It is true there were developments that were regarded as denying Masako’s career (as a diplomat) as well as her personality.”
He was referring to the fact that the crown princess had thought she could play a meaningful role in furthering international relations in her new position, but found that she was not easily allowed to travel abroad and that this caused the former diplomat considerable anguish.
The crown prince’s younger brother Prince Akishino expressed regret that the crown prince made the remarks without consulting the emperor. But the comments comforted the then 40-year-old crown princess, who was struggling under the pressure to give birth to a boy and not being easily able to go overseas, an Imperial Household Agency source said.
In 2013, she accompanied her husband on a visit to the Netherlands to attend the coronation of Dutch King Willem-Alexander, making her first official overseas trip in 11 years. Notably from last year, she has engaged in an increasing number of official duties and ceremonies.
A former aide to the couple said Crown Princess Masako’s recovery was due to the dedication of Crown Prince Naruhito, who would “stay up all night with her when she couldn’t sleep even if he had an official duty the next morning,” and Princess Aiko having grown up.
A senior agency official said although the crown princess will likely continue recuperating from her illness after becoming empress, “the way the couple help each other in difficulties must win empathy from the public.”

On that day, Their Imperial Highnessses attended the celebration at Crown Prince Residence.

Photo from Asahi1 and 2

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Hawaii Visit of Akishino Couple

From 4th June to 9th June, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited the State of Hawaii, United States of America to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the immigration of Japanese to Hawaii.

Photo from Sankei

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