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Remembering Emperor Showa

On 7th January, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the memorial service for commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of Emperor Showa (Emperor Hirohito) (1901-1989) took place at the Mausoleum of Emperor Showa in Tokyo. The other members of Imperial Family also attended the Ceremony.

On that day, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the ritual for commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of Emperor Showa at Imperial Palace Sanctuaries.

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Final New Year’s Greeting

On 2nd January, HM Emperor Akihito and the other members of Imperial Family appeared 7 times at People’s Greeting of New Year at Imperial Palace. About 154,800 people gathered at Imperial Palace and it is the largest number of the visitors during the reign of HM Emperor Akihito (1989-). It became the last time for HM Emperor Akihito to attend the People’s Greeting before his abdication on 30th April.

At the first appearance on that day, all adult members except HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa appeared at the balcony of Imperial Palace.

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New Year’s Celebration

On 1st January, the Imperial Family greeted the New Year.

On that day, the Ceremony to Celebrate the New Year took place at Imperial Palace.

It is the ceremony that Their Majesties Emperor and Empress receive greetings from the other members of Imperial Family; the Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President and Vice-President of the House of Councillors; Diet members; the Prime Minister; Ministers of State; the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court; other government officials with Imperial attestation; Administrative Vice-Ministers of Ministries and Agencies and other leading figures of legislative, executive and judicial organs; prefectural governors and chairpersons of prefectural assemblies; and heads of diplomatic missions to Japan and their spouses. This ceremony is considered a state event.

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Celebration of Emperor’s Birthday

On 23rd December, the several ceremonies to celebrate the birthday of HM Emperor Akihito took place at Imperial Palace.

Public Greeting

Luncheon

Tea Party with the ambassadors

At the evening, the grandchildren of HM Emperor Akihito also visited Imperial Palace to celebrate the Emperor’s Birthday.

Photo from Sankei

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Supporting PTA

On 21st November, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of National Congress of Parents and Teachers Association of Japan took place in Tokyo.

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National Tree Growing Festival

On 17th November, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the 42nd National Tree Growing Festival took place at Sea Forest in Tokyo.

On 18th November, Their Imperial Highnesses attended the main ceremony of the festival took place in Tokyo.

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Final Garden Party

On 9th November, the Autumn Imperial Garden Party held by Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko took place at Akasaka Imperial Garden in Tokyo.
It became the last time for Their Majesties to hold the Imperial Garden Party before the abdication of His Majesty.

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Honoring Cultural Contributors

On 3rd November, HM Emperor Akihito attended the conferment ceremony of Order of Culture took place at Imperial Palace.

On 5th November, HM Emperor Akihito, HM Empress Michiko, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino attended the tea party for the recipients of the Order of Culture and the Persons of Cultural Merit took place at Imperial Palace.

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Anniversary of Lighthouse

On 1st November, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the ceremony to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first lighthouse in Japan took place in Tokyo.

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Wedding Banquet

On 30th October, the wedding banquet for Ms Ayako Moriya (Former Princess Ayako) and Mr Kei Moriya took place in Tokyo.
HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako and the other members of Imperial Family attended the banquet.

Photo from Asahi

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