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Unknown War Dead

On 29th May, HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi attended the Memorial Service for the Unknown War Dead took place at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo.

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Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize

On 27th April, HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi attended the 35th Award Ceremony of Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize took place in Tokyo.
HIH Prince Masahito is the President of Japan Art Association.

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Spring Imperial Garden Party

On 20th April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko held the Spring Imperial Garden Party at Akasaka Imperial Garden and about 2,000 guests are invited.
All female members of Imperial Family who attended the party wore Kimono.

Photo from Asahi and Sankei



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Youth Invention & Innovation

On 22nd March, HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi attended the 75th Award Ceremony of All Japan Youth Invention and Innovation Exhibition took place in Tokyo.
HIH Prince Masahito is the President of Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation.

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Imperial New Year’s Lectures

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On 11th January,  the members of Imperial Family attended the Ceremony of the Kousho Hajime (Imperial New Year’s Lectures) took place at Imperial Palace.

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This is a ceremony in which Their Majesties and the other members of Imperial Family listen to experts’ explanations in the fields of human, social and natural sciences in their respective field.

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The Ceremony of the Kousho Hajime was instituted in 1869 with a “lecture for the New Year” designed for the enlightenment of studies by Emperor Meiji. In those early days, lectures concentrated on Japanese and Chinese texts, and subsequently came to include western texts. From 1953 the explanations in the above-mentioned three fields came to be instituted.

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New Year’s Greeting

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On 2nd January, HM Emperor Akihito and the other members of Imperial Family appeared 5 times at People’s Greeting of New Year at Imperial Palace. About 96,700 people gathered at Imperial Palace.

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New Year’s Celebration

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On 1st January 2016, the members of Imperial Family attended the Ceremony of New Year’s Celebration took place at Imperial Palace.

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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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HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Princess Aiko also visited Imperial Palace to greet Their Majesties.

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Celebration of Emperor’s Birthday

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On 23rd December, the members of Imperial Family greeted the people gathered at Imperial Palace to celebrate the His Majesty’s Birthday. 38,588 people visited Imperial Palace and it was the largest number ever since 1989.

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On that day, the luncheon to celebrate His Majesty’s Birthday took place at Imperial Palace.

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On that day, the tea party with the ambassadors and their spouses also took place at Imperial Palace.

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Photo from AsahiMainichi and Sankei


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Art Exhibition of Disabled Children

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On 14th December, HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi attended the 35th Art Exhibition of Disabled Children took place in Tokyo.

HIH Prince Masahito is the President of Japanese Society for Disabled Children.

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Photo from Sankei

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Day after the Funeral

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On 5th November, the rite at the grave of late Prince Mikasa took place at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.

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Previous to the rite, Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress visited the grave of late Prince Mikasa.

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The grave of late Prince Mikasa are open for the general public on 6the and 7th November.

Photo from Asahi


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