Pacemaker Replacement

On 8th May, HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa had an operation to replace her cardiac pacemaker at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo. HIH Princess Yuriko is 94 years old.

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Golden Week of Imperial Family

On 3rd May, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Princess Aiko arrived at Imperial Farm in Tochigi Prefecture for vacation.

On 5th May, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Tokyo Lawn Tennis Club in Tokyo.
HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko used to play tennis there before they got married.

“Golden Week” is a week from the 29th of April to early May containing a number of Japanese holidays. A lot of people take a vacation during the week.

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Final Sericulture

On 2nd May, HM Empress Michiko put the silkworm-egg paper on branches of oak trees inside Imperial Palace.
HM Empress Michiko had raised silkworms every year as the tradition of Empress and it will be the final for HM Empress Michiko to raise silkworms this year as the Empress.

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World Gardening Fair in Okura

On 2nd May, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the opening ceremony of the 18th World Gardening Fair in Okura took place in Tokyo.

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MIDORI Academic Prize

On 27th April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the 12th Award Ceremony of MIDORI Academic Prize and the reception took place in Tokyo.

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Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize

On 26th April, HIH Prince Masahito of Hitachi attended the 36th Award Ceremony of Ueno Royal Museum took place in Tokyo.

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Dutch Children’s Literature

On 26th April, HIH Princess Kiko and HIH Princess Mako of Akishino visited the exhibition of Children’s Literature of Netherlands took place at International Library of Children’s Literature, National Diet Library in Tokyo.

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Spring Imperial Garden Party

On 25th April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko held Spring Imperial Garden Party at Akasaka Imperial Garden and about 2,500 people were invited.

The other members of Imperial Family also attended the party.

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King and Queen of Sweden Vol.3

On 25th April, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited the facility for elder people in Kanagawa Prefecture with HM the King Carl XVI Gustaf and HM the Queen Silvia of the Kingdom of Sweden.
The “Living Lab for Active Ageing” project located in the town is in collaboration between Linnaeus University, Johanneberg Science Park and the University of Tokyo.

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King and Queen of Sweden Vol.2

On 24th April, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako had lunch with HM the King Carl XVI Gustaf and HM the Queen Silvia of the Kingdom of Sweden at Palace Hotel Tokyo.

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