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Imperial Visit to Ehime and Hiroshima

On 21st September, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Ehime Prefecture and Hiroshima Prefecture to encourage the people affected by the localized torrential downpour in July.

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Traditional Industrial Art

On 21st September, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino visited the 65th Exhibition of Japanese Tradtiional Industrial Art took place in Tokyo. HIH Princess Mako also attended the commendation ceremony and the reception of the exhibition.
HIH Princess Mako is the President of Japan Kogei (Industrial Art) Association.

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Respectng the Elderly

On 21st September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako visited the intensive care home for the elderly in Tokyo.
Imperial Family visits the facility for the elderly around the Respect-for-the-Aged Day Holiday (third Monday in September).

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Princess Ayako’s wedding date officially set

On 19th September, the Ceremony of Kokki-no-Gi was held at Takamadonomiya Residence.
Kokki-no-Gi is the traditional ceremony to set the date of the wedding of HIH Princess Ayako and Mr Kei Moriya officially.

[NEWS] Princess Ayako’s wedding date officially set in traditional ceremony

Text from Mainichi

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The date of the wedding between Princess Ayako, the youngest daughter of Emperor Akihito’s late cousin, and commoner Kei Moriya was officially set for Oct. 29 in a traditional ceremony held Wednesday.
In the “Kokki no Gi” rite held at the Takamado residence in Tokyo, a relative of Moriya acting as his messenger announced the date to Princess Ayako in the presence of her mother Princess Hisako. It was one of a string of traditional rites preceding their marriage.
“I gratefully accept,” the 28-year-old princess told 76-year-old Tatsuya Kondo, a former head of the Center Hospital of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, according to the Imperial Household Agency.
The wedding between Princess Ayako and Moriya, 32, will take place at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine and will be attended by imperial family members including Princess Hisako, the widow of the late Prince Takamado, and Princess Tsuguko, the eldest sister of the bride.
The day after the nuptials, a banquet to be attended by Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako as well as the heads of the three branches of government will be held at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo.
According to the agency, the princess and her fiance are busy preparing for a series of ceremonies and their life at a new residence after their marriage. They currently do not plan to make a honeymoon trip.
After the marriage, Princess Ayako will leave the imperial family as the Imperial House Law stipulates women lose their royal status after marrying a commoner.
Among other ceremonies in the run-up to their marriage are “Kashikodokoro Koreiden Shinden ni Essuru no Gi,” in which Princess Ayako will pay respects at the three palace sanctuaries for the last time as a member of the imperial family, and “Choken no Gi,” in which she will express her appreciation to the emperor and the empress.

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World Water Congress and Exhibition

On 16th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the opening ceremony of IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition 2018 held by International Water Association took place in Tokyo.

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France Visit of Crown Prince

From 7th September to 15th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito visited French Republic to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the conclusion of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Japan and France.

On 12th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the banquet held by HE Mr Emmanuel Macron,President of the French Republic and the First Lady took place at the Palace of Versailles.

Previous to the banquet, they enjoyed the performance of Noh, a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century.

On 13th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the lighting ceremony of the Eiffel Tower.

Photo from Asahi1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8



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Turkey Visit of Princess Akiko

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.

Photo from Japan Today, Hurriyet Daily News1, 2, DAILY SABAH1, 2 and Getty

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Imperial Visit to Affected Area

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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Aomori Visit of Princess Akishino

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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Final Harvest

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.

Photo from Nikkei

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