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Remembering late Prince Mikasa

On 27th October, the memorial service to commemorate the 1st anniverary of the death of late Prince Takahito of Mikasa (1915-2016) took place at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.

HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa

On 29th October, the ceremony to enshrine the departed soul of late Prince Mikasa at Imperial Palace Sanctuaries.

The Gate of Imperial Palace Sanctuaries

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Ritual Wake for late Prince Mikasa

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On 2nd November, the Ritual Wake for late Prince Takahito took place at Mikasanomiya Residence.

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HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa, the wife of late Prince Takahito of Mikasa

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the coffin of Prince Mikasa at Mikasanomiya Residence

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Previous to the rite, Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress visited Mikasanomiya Residence.

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The funeral will be held on 4th November at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.

Photo from Asahi


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Prince Mikasa Passed Away

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On 27th October, HIH Prince Takahito of Mikasa, the uncle of HM Emperor Akihito, passed away at the age of 100.

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On that day, Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress and the other members of Imperial Family visited Mikasanomiya Residence.

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Their Majesties

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HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako

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HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino

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HIH Princess Mako and HIH Princess Kako of Akishino

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HIH Prince Masahito of Hitachi

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HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi

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HIH Princess Nobuko, the daughter-in-law of Prince Mikasa

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Imperial Couple visited Prince Mikasa

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On 30th June, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited St Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo to met with HIH Prince Takahito of Mikasa.
HIH Prince Takahito who is 100 years old has been in the hospital since 16th May due to acute pneumonia and the decline in cardiac function.

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HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa

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New Year’s Greeting

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On 2nd January, HIM Emperor Akihito and the other members of Imperial Family appeared 5 times at People’s Greeting of New Year at Imperial Palace. 82,690 people gathered at Imperial Palace.

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Prince Mikasa turns 100

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On 2nd December, HIH Prince Takahito of Mikasa turned 100 years old.

[Article] Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, turns 100

Text from The Mainichi

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, turned 100 years old on Wednesday.

The prince is the oldest member of the imperial family, living through the reign of three different emperors in the Taisho, Showa and Heisei eras. He is the only living royal family member to have served in the military during the Sino-Japanese war from 1937 and the Pacific Theater of World War II.

“Nothing will change just because I turn 100 years old,” the prince said in a statement issued through the Imperial Household Agency.

“I’d like to spend my days pleasantly and peacefully while praying for the happiness of people around the world and thanking my wife Yuriko, who has been supporting me for more than 70 years,” the prince said.

The prince has been in good health condition after recovering from heart surgery in 2012, an agency official said.

Together with Princess Yuriko, 92, Prince Mikasa routinely exercises for about 30 minutes a day at their residence in Motoakasaka, Tokyo, according to the agency.

The prince often reads newspapers and enjoys watching sumo and music programs on TV, and is often taken for a walk in his wheelchair near his residence.

He rarely goes out for official duties or other purposes due to his age. But last May, he watched a rehearsal of an ancient equestrian art show at the Imperial Palace and waived his hands cheerfully to agency officials at the place.

Prince Mikasa was born on Dec. 2, 1915, the fourth son of Emperor Taisho. His eldest brother was Emperor Hirohito, posthumously called Emperor Showa.

The prince served as an officer in the Imperial Japanese Army after graduating from the army’s college. He was posted to Nanjing, China, under a pseudonym for one year from 1943. In a book published after the end of the war, he expressed a sense of guilt over his failure to fully grasp the criminality of war.

With his wife Princess Yuriko, Prince Mikasa had three sons and two daughters. Prince Takamado, Tomohito and Katsura all predeceased him in 2002, 2012, and 2014, respectively.

He has nine grandchildren, four of whom are members of the imperial family, and four great-grandchildren.

The prince is known as a scholar of ancient Oriental history and currently serves as honorary president of the Middle Eastern Culture Center in Japan and the Japan-Turkey Society.

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Remembering Prince Katsura

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On 8th June, the memorial service commemorating the 1st anniversary of the death of Prince Yoshihito of Katsura (1948-2014) took place at Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.

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HIH Prince Takahito and HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa, the parents of Prince Katsura

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HIH Princess Akiko and HIH Princess Yoko, the nieces of Prince Katsura

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HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako

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Remembering Prince Tomohito

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On 6th June, the memorial service to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the death of Prince Tomohito (1946-2012) took place at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.

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HIH Prince Takahito of Mikasa, the father of Prince Tomohito

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HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa, the mother of Prince Tomohito

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HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa, the first daughter of Prince Tomohito

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HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa, the second daughter of Prince Tomohito

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HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako

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Ms Sayako Kuroda (Former Princess Sayako), the daughter of Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress

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Ms Noriko Senge (Former Princess Noriko of Takamado), the niece of Prince Tomohito

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New Year’s Greeting

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On 2nd January, HIM Emperor Akihito and the other members of Imperial Family appeared 5 times at People’s Greeting of New Year at Imperial Palace. About 81,030 people gathered at Imperial Palace.

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HIH Princess Kako of Akishino

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HIH Princess Kiko, HIH Princess Mako and HIH Princess Kako

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HIH Princess Kako, HIH Prince Takahito and HIH Princess Nobuko

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HIH Princess Kiko, HIH Princess Mako, HIH Princess Kako, HIH Princess Nobuko and HIH Princess Akiko

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HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako entering Imperial Palace

Photo from Asahi and Sankei

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Prince Mikasa turned 99

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On 2nd December, HIH Prince Takahito of Mikasa turned 99 years old.
On the occasion of the birthday, Imperial Household Agency released some private photos of HIH Prince Takahito.

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with 3 grand children; HIH Princess Tsuguko of Takamado, Mrs Noriko Senge (former Princess Noriko of Takamado), HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado in Karuizawa Town, Nagano Prefecture

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with HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa and HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado at Mikasanomiya Residence

Photo from Asahi

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