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UK Visit of Princess Aiko

On 22nd July, HIH Princess Aiko departed from Japan to United Kingdom to join the summer school in Eton College. HIH Princess Aiko will be back on 9th August.

In advance of the departure, on 21st July, HIH Princess Aiko visited the Imperial Palace Sanctuaries.

On that day, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Princess Aiko visited Imperial Palace to meet with HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko.

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Celebration of Silver Wedding Anniversary

On 12th June, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako visited Imperial Residence and had lunch with HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.

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Silver Wedding Anniversary

On 9th June, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako marked their silver wedding anniversary.

Crown prince, princess celebrate silver anniv. ahead of enthronement

Text from The Mainichi

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Crown Prince Naruhito, on the occasion of his 25th wedding anniversary Saturday, expressed resolve to “firmly play the role of emperor as the symbol (of the state) as stipulated in the current Constitution” ahead of his enthronement next May 1.
The crown prince, 58, in a statement issued with Crown Princess Masako to mark their silver wedding anniversary, said he believes it is important to inherit the tradition of the imperial family while responding to changes in society.
In relation to his 54-year-old wife the crown princess, who has spent more than half of the past 25 years battling a stress-induced illness, the crown prince said she is “doing her best to recover.”
He also said he hopes the public will “take a long-term and warm look” at her efforts. Her condition has improved in recent years and she has appeared more often in public.
The crown princess said in the statement she will “continue praying for people’s happiness” after becoming empress. The couple also expressed gratitude to each other for providing support.
Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne the day after his 84-year-old father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates on April 30, based on his desire to step down due to concern about his age and failing health.
The crown prince, who has made research into water issues his lifework, was educated at Tokyo’s Gakushuin University and studied for two years at the University of Oxford’s Merton College.
At a Gakushuin reunion in January this year, the crown prince told friends who were chatting about reaching the retirement age of 60 in the near future, “In my case, I will be getting started,” according to Yuko Matsuoka, who studied with the crown prince and was also at the gathering.
Matsuoka said she felt the crown prince’s “positive feelings about his enthronement” in the remark.
The crown prince and crown princess married on June 9, 1993, after courting for years since first meeting at a reception for Spain’s Princess Elena in 1986.
Harvard-educated Crown Princess Masako, a commoner like Empress Michiko, 83, accepted a marriage proposal and quit her career at the Foreign Ministry, saying she was moved when the crown prince told her, “I will protect you with all my might for my entire life.”
Eight and a half years after their marriage, their only child, Princess Aiko, was born in December 2001, following a miscarriage. But the princess cannot ascend the throne as Japan’s current law stipulates that only males born to the male lineage of the imperial family can.
The crown princess remained under pressure to bear a male heir and began receiving treatment for a physical and mental ailment in late 2003. She was later diagnosed with adjustment disorder.
There has been media speculation of a family rift in the imperial household, especially after the crown prince said in May 2004 in a press conference, “It is true there were developments that were regarded as denying Masako’s career (as a diplomat) as well as her personality.”
He was referring to the fact that the crown princess had thought she could play a meaningful role in furthering international relations in her new position, but found that she was not easily allowed to travel abroad and that this caused the former diplomat considerable anguish.
The crown prince’s younger brother Prince Akishino expressed regret that the crown prince made the remarks without consulting the emperor. But the comments comforted the then 40-year-old crown princess, who was struggling under the pressure to give birth to a boy and not being easily able to go overseas, an Imperial Household Agency source said.
In 2013, she accompanied her husband on a visit to the Netherlands to attend the coronation of Dutch King Willem-Alexander, making her first official overseas trip in 11 years. Notably from last year, she has engaged in an increasing number of official duties and ceremonies.
A former aide to the couple said Crown Princess Masako’s recovery was due to the dedication of Crown Prince Naruhito, who would “stay up all night with her when she couldn’t sleep even if he had an official duty the next morning,” and Princess Aiko having grown up.
A senior agency official said although the crown princess will likely continue recuperating from her illness after becoming empress, “the way the couple help each other in difficulties must win empathy from the public.”

On that day, Their Imperial Highnessses attended the celebration at Crown Prince Residence.

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Last State Guests Vol.1

On 30th May, HM Emperor Akihito, HM Empress Michiko, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the welcoming ceremony for HE Mr Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the First Lady took place at Imperial Palace.
It is expected to be the last time for Their Majesties to welcome the State Guests as the Emperor and the Empress.

Imperial Audience

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Shiga Visit of Crown Prince Couple

25th May to 26th May, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako visited Shiga Prefecture to attend the 29th National Festival of Greenery Protection.

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Imperial Farming

On 20th May, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko sowed the seeds of dry-land rice and millet at the field inside Imperial Palace as the tradition. The Crown Prince Couple and the Akishino family also participated in the sowing.

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Final as the Empress

On 16th May, HM Empress Michiko, the Honorary President of Japanese Red Cross Society attended the Annual Convention of the Society took place in Tokyo.
HIH Crown Princess Masako, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino, HIH Princess Nobuko of Mikasa and HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado, the Honorary Vice-Presidents of the Society also attended the Convention.

It became the last time for HM Empress MIchiko to attend the Convention as the Empress. HM Empress Michiko became the Honorary Vice-President of the Society as the Crown Princess right after she got married to HM Emperor Akihito in 1959 and became the Honorary President of the Society as the Empress in 1989. HM Empress Michiko has engaged in various activities of Japanese Red Cross Society for about 60 years.

At last, HM Empress Michiko introduced HIH Crown Princess Masako as the next Honorary President of the Society.

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Crown Princess Masako inherits the Tradition of Empress

On 13th May, HIH Crown Princess Masako visited Imperial Cocoonery inside Imperial Palace with HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Princess Aiko to receive a lecture about the sericulture from HM Empress Michiko. HM Emperor Akihito also attended the lecture.
The Imperial tradition of sericulture has been continued by Empresses. HIH Crown Princess Masako has expressed her hope to inherit the Imperial tradition of sericulture from HM Empress Michiko after the abdication of HM Emperor Akihito on 30th April, 2019.
After the lecture, they had lunch together at Imperial Residence.

Crown Princess Masako hopes to inherit Imperial sericulture tradition

Text from Japan Times

Crown Princess Masako has expressed her hope to inherit the Imperial tradition of sericulture from Empress Michiko, Imperial Household Agency sources said Thursday.
Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako and Princess Aiko – their only child – are set to visit the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Sunday and view a sericulture facility at the palace with the Imperial couple, the sources said.
According to the sources, an aide to Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako met with the Empress late last month at the Imperial Palace and informed her of the Crown Princess’ hope to succeed in the sericulture tradition.
The Empress explained how silkworms are being raised to the aide, who then viewed the sericulture facility at the Imperial Palace, the sources said.
The Imperial tradition of sericulture was initiated by Empress Shoken, the wife of Emperor Mutsuhito who reigned between 1867 and 1912 and was posthumously called Emperor Meiji. The tradition has since been continued by later empresses.
Since earlier this month, the Empress has been carrying out her last activities in sericulture, ahead of Emperor Akihito’s abdication on April 30 next year.
In May 2019, silkworms at the Imperial Palace will be taken care of by Imperial Household Agency officials because a series of events related to the Crown Prince’s ascent to the throne will keep the Imperial family busy.

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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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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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