From 8th September to 14th September, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa visited Republic of Turkey to attend an event organized by Prince Mikasa Foundation.
On 9th September, HIH Princess Akiko met with HE Mr Recep Tayyip ERDOGAN, President of the Republic of Turkey in Istanbul.
On 10th September, HIH Princess Akiko visited the mausoleum of modern Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara.
On 11th September, HIH Princess Akiko attended a ceremony held for delivery of the mockup of Japanese Seiki warship that first visit to Ottoman was paid with it by Japan, at Naval Museum in Istanbul.
On 13th September, HIH Princess Akiko became the Honorary President of Prince Mikasa Foundation and attended the reception.
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On 14th September, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Okayama Prefecture to encourage the people affected by the localized torrential downpour in July.
Due to the localized torrential downpour, over 200 people lost their lives and it became the worst heavy rainfall disaster in Japan since 1982.
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On 12th September, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited Aomori Prefecture to attend the convention to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the establishment of Aomori Branch of Japanese Red Cross Society.
HIH Princess Kiko is the Honorary Vice President of Japanese Red Cross Society.
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On 12th September, HM Emperor Akihito harvested rice at a paddy field inside the Imperial Palace, as part of an annual event.
It was his last harvest, as he is expected to abdicate in April. HIH Crown Prince Naruhito will take over the activity after he assumes the throne.
The newly harvested rice will be offered to the deities in a rite at the palace known as the Niiname-sai in November.
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On 9th September, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the opening ceremony of Sailing’s World Cup Series Enoshima took place in Kanagawa Prefecture.
HIH Princess Hisako is the Honorary President of Japan Sailing Federation.
Photo from SAILING’S WORLD CUP Series Enoshima
From 7th September to 8th September, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited Yamagata Prefecture to attend the opening ceremony of the 73rd All Japan Championships of Baseball played with a hard rubber ball.
HIH Princess Hisako is the Honorary President of Japan Rubber Baseball Association.
Photo from Yamagata News Online
On 7th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito departed for French Republich. The members of Imperial Family gave him a send-off at Crown Prince Residence.
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On 6th September, HIH Prince Hisahito turned 12 years old.
[NEWS] Prince Hisahito, set to be 2nd in line to throne, turns 12
Text from The Mainichi
TOKYO (Kyodo) — Prince Hisahito, Emperor Akihito’s grandson and soon-to-be second in line to the Chrysanthemum throne following the abdication of the emperor next spring, turned 12 on Thursday.
After the 84-year-old emperor abdicates next April 30, his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne the following day, and his brother Prince Fumihito — the only other member of his generation in the Japanese imperial family — will become first in line to succeed him.
Prince Hisahito, so far the only male of his generation, will then become second in line.
Imperial House Law states that only males with male lineal descent from emperors can ascend the throne.
Prince Hisahito is currently a sixth-grade student at Ochanomizu University Elementary School in Tokyo and keen on learning about the history of war.
On Aug. 10, Prince Hisahito and his mother Princess Kiko visited a cenotaph for the atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima, devastated by a U.S. nuclear bomb on Aug. 6, 1945.
After visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the prince talked with an 80-year-old female atomic bomb survivor and wrote a report on what he learned for his homework.
The prince often enjoys playing “hand baseball,” a baseball game without a bat, with his friends after school. He is also interested in studying kanji, as the Chinese characters used in writing Japanese are called.
The imperial family is discussing his education after graduating from elementary school next March. Princess Mako and Princess Kako, the two elder sisters of Prince Hisahito, both have studied abroad.
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On 5th September, HM Empero Akihito and HM Empress Michiko met with HE Mr Lenín Boltaire Moreno Garcés, President of the Republic of Ecuador and the First Lady at Imperial Residence.
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On 5th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the Press Conference at Crown Prince Residence in advance of the official visit to French Republic from 7th September.
[NEWS] Japan crown prince says royal visits key to friendly ties
Text from FOX NEWS
TOKYO – Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito said he will take to heart how his father was mindful of Japan’s history and tried to build closer ties during his upcoming visit to France, expected to be his last foreign trip before becoming emperor.
Naruhito, 58, told a news conference Wednesday that foreign visits, including his Sept. 7-15 trip to France, are a key role for the royal family in fostering friendship.
Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, always paid close attention to the history of the countries they visited and thought deeply about how they could promote mutual understanding and friendship in the future, Naruhito said.
“I’ve closely observed the emperor and the empress’ way, and I will cherish their feelings as I make an effort to promote international goodwill,” Naruhito said.
As next emperor, he said, “I hope to always seriously think about what I can do for the people of Japan and the rest of the world while praying for their happiness and reflecting on what the emperor has done up until now.”
Naruhito’s 84-year-old father, Akihito, will abdicate on April 30, handing the Chrysanthemum throne to his son the next day.
Akihito is seen as having devoted his life to make amends to victims of World War II, which was fought in his father Hirohito’s name.
The crown prince said he also wants to interact with younger people who will play a key role in deepening understanding and friendship in the future.
The crown prince will join cultural events and visit schools during his upcoming trip, which marks 160 years of Japan-France diplomacy.
“I hope to directly get the feel of how Japanese traditional culture and pop culture are perceived in France,” Naruhito said.
His wife, Masako, will not accompany him because she is still recovering from a stress-induced mental condition which she developed soon after giving birth to their only daughter, Aiko, now 16, following criticism that she failed to produce a boy. She has since largely withdrawn from public appearances, though her activities have slowly increased.
Masako, a Harvard-educated former diplomat, still has ups and downs and it would be difficult for her to immediately increase her official duties, Naruhito said.
He said foreign visits are not the only way of promoting international goodwill, and receiving foreign dignitaries or attending international events at home can be just as important. He added that he hopes Masako can gradually do more.
“I believe her experience of having lived overseas and worked in diplomacy will definitely help,” he said.
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