From 22nd August to 29th August, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Nagano Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture for summer vacation.
On 25th August, Their Majesties visited the tennis court in Karuizawa Town where Their Majesties met for the first time 61 years ago.
On 27th August, Their Majesties attended the Concert of the 39th Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy & Festival.
At the academy, HM Empress Michiko enjoyed playing the piano with Ms Katerina Javurkova, the Chez Horn player.
Photo from Sankei, Asahi1 and 2
On 25th August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Princess Aiko arrived at Nasu Imperial Villa in Tochigi Prefecture.
On that day, Their Imperial Highnesses enjoyed walking with their dog “Yuri” inside the Imperial Villa.
Photo from Sankei
On 25th August, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino attended the 25th All Japan High School Sign Language Speech Contest took place in Tokyo.
Photo from Asahi
On 20th August, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the 68th General Meeting of International Academy for Production Engineering took place in Tokyo.
Photo from Mainichi
On 16th August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Princess Aiko arrived at Suzaki Imperial Villa in Shizuoka Prefecture for summer vacation. They will stay there for about a week.
Photo from Asahi and Sankei
On 15th August, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead took place in Tokyo.
It became the last time for Their Majesties to attend the Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead.
Address by His Majesty the Emperor on the Occasion of the Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead (August 15, 2018)
Text from Imperial Household Agency
On this Day to Commemorate the War Dead and Pray for Peace, my thoughts are with the numerous people who lost their precious lives in the last war and their bereaved families, as I attend this Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead with a deep and renewed sense of sorrow.
Seventy-three years have already passed since the end of the war, and our country today enjoys peace and prosperity, thanks to the ceaseless effort made by the people of Japan, but when I look back on the sufferings and tribulations of the past, I cannot help but be overcome with deep emotion.
Looking back on the long period of past-war peace, reflecting on our past and bearing in mind the feelings of deep remorse, I earnestly hope that the ravages of war will never be repeated. Together with all of our people, I now pay my heartfelt tribute to all those who lost their lives in the war, both on the battlefields and elsewhere, and pray for world peace and for the continuing development of our country.
Photo from Asahi1, 2 and 3
On 13th August, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino attended the inauguration ceremony of Japan’s delegation for the 18th Asian Games took place in Tokyo.
Photo from Jiji
On 12th August, the Ceremony of Official Engagement “Nosai-no-Gi” for HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado and Mr Kei Moriya took place at the Residence of Takamado in Tokyo.
“Nosai-no-Gi” is the traditional ceremony that the representative of the expected fiance gifts a pair of sea breams, 3 bottles of sake and 2 rolls of silk fabric to the princess.
After the Ceremony, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Ayako visited Imperial Residence to report Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress that Nosai-no-Gi finished.
Mr Kei Moriya and Mr Osamu Moriya, the Father of Mr Kei Moriya also visited Imperial Residence to meet with Their Majesties for the first time. At the evening, Mr Kei Moriya and Mr Osamu Moriya are invited to the dinner at the Residence of Takamado.
On that day, Imperial Household Agency released some photos of HIH Princess Ayako and Mr Kei Moriya.
Photo from Asahi and Mainichi
On 10th August, HIH Prince Hisahito of Akishino visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park for the first time with HIH Princess Kiko. They met with the woman who suffered from the atomic bomb in 1945.
Photo from Asahi
On 9th August, HIH Princess Aiko came back to Japan from United Kingdom.
HIH Princess Aiko had been joining the summer school at Eton College since 22nd July.
Photo from Asahi