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Pacific Islands Leaders

On 17th May, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko held the tea party for the Pacific Islands Leaders who attend the 8th PALM (Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting) at Imperial Palace.
HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and the other members of Imperial Family also attended the tea party.

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Prime Minister of Samoa

On 16th May, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko met with HE Mr Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Independent State of Samoa and his wife.

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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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Premier of the State Council of China

On 10th May, HM Emperor Akihito met with HE Dr LI Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China at Imperial Residence.

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Imperial Conferment of Decoration

On 8th May, HM Emperor Akihito attended the Imperial Conferment of Decoration took place at Imperial Palace.

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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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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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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.1

On 23rd April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited the exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Japan and the Kingdom of Sweden took place at INTERMEDIATHEQUE where HIH Princess Mako of Akishino works with HM the King Carl XVI Gustaf and HM the Queen Silvia of the Kingdom of Sweden.

HIH Princess Mako welcomed Their Majesties at INTERMEDIATHEQUE.

At evening, Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress held the dinner for Their Majesties the King and the Queen at Imperial Residence.

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Sacred Horse

On 23rd April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited the stable inside Imperial Palace to bid farewell to the horse which is to be sent to Ise Jingu Grand Shrine as a sacred horse.

Palace carriage horse to be given ‘sacred’ status as its final reward

Text from Asahi

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko bade a fond farewell April 23 to a carriage horse that is being retired at age 17 to spend its final years at the Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture, serving gods.
The couple paid a special visit to the stables at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo to thank Kusashin-go for its loyal service.
The horse was part of a team that hauled an ornate carriage used by foreign ambassadors when they visit the emperor for the Ceremony of Credentials upon taking up their posts, and for other official occasions.
As a reward, they fed the horse lumps of sugar and carrots and stroked its mane.
Akihito seemed surprised at the size of the animal, commenting, “It’s very big.”
Michiko wished the horse “good luck” in its new surroundings.
According to the Imperial Household Agency, the Anglo-Arabian breed was born at the Imperial Stock Farm in Tochigi Prefecture.
Kusashin-go will be bestowed “shinme” sacred status as early as June at Ise Jingu shrine, officials said.
Ise Jingu is regarded as the home of the ancestral gods of Japan’s imperial family.

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