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Princess Kako departs for foreign study trip to University of Leeds

On 12th September, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino departed for United Kingdom where she will study at the University of Leeds as an exchange student until June next year.

[NEWS]Princess Kako leaves to study at University of Leeds through June

Text from Kyodo News

TOKYO – Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, departed Tuesday for Britain where she will study at the University of Leeds as an exchange student until June next year.

While attending the university in northern England, the 22-year-old second daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will take courses in such fields as performing arts and psychology at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

The princess, a junior at International Christian University in Tokyo, will stay at a school dormitory while studying in England.

This is her first extended overseas stay since her homestay in the United States in the summer of 2013, when she was a freshman at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. She later quit the school and enrolled at International Christian University, her older sister Princess Mako’s alma mater.

The University of Leeds, established in 1904, is a world top 100 university and one of the largest higher-education institutions in Britain, according to the school’s website.

Princess Mako, who became engaged to her longtime boyfriend Kei Komuro early this month, studied at the University of Edinburgh in Britain from 2012 to 2013 as an exchange student when she was a junior at ICU.

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Prince Hisahito turns 11

On 6th September, HIH Prince Hisahito of Akishino turned 11 years old.

[NEWS]Prince Hisahito, third in line to throne, turns 11

Text from The Japan News

Prince Hisahito, Emperor Akihoto’s grandson who is third in line to the Imperial throne, turned 11 on Wednesday.

His birthday came days after the announcement that his elder sister, Princess Mako, will marry her longtime boyfriend, Kei Komuro. The prince has already met Komuro, 25, and will attend their wedding ceremony scheduled in fall next year.

The son of Prince Akishino, the younger of the Emperor’s two sons, and Princess Kiko, the prince is likely to draw more attention as he will be second in line to the throne after the 83-year-old Emperor’s abdication that could take place as early as December next year.

Prince Hisahito, a fifth-grader at an elementary school in Tokyo affiliated with Ochanomizu University, has often visited the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Residence to see the Emperor and Empress Michiko with his parents.

Following the Emperor’s rare video address last year that hinted at his desire to step down due to his advanced age, the Diet enacted a law to allow him to abdicate. His abdication would be the first in about 200 years.

Last December, the prince, along with his parents, visited the sites of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki for the first time.

While observing his parents, he carefully offered flowers and bowed deeply in Nagasaki Peace Park, where the ground zero monument dedicated to victims of the bombing sits.

In May, he watched a Summer Grand Sumo Tournament bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan and visited the Sumo Museum as part of an off-school learning program.

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Miyagi Visit of Akishino Family

From 30th July to 1st August, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kako of Akishino visited Miyagi Prefecture to attend the 41st National Culture Festival for Upper Secondary Schools.

On 30th July, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kako visited Sendai 3/11 Memorial Community Center to see the exhibition about Great East Japan Earthquake and the huge Tsunami occurred on 11th March 2011.

On 31st July, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kako attended the Opening Ceremony of the 41st National Culture Festival for Upper Secondary Schools took place in Sendai City.

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Equestrian Championships

On 25th July, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino attended the opening ceremony of the 51st National Senior High School Equestrian Championships took place in Shizuoka Prefecture.

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Dance Performance by Disabled

On 10th June, HIH Princess Kiko and HIH Princess Kako of Akishino attended the oepning ceremony of the dance concert performed by disabled people took place in Tokyo.

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Concert of Music Universities

On 22nd March, HM Empress Michiko and the other members of Imperial Family attended the concert performed by the students of the universities of music took place at the Concert Hall of Imperial Palace.

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Home-coming of Imperial Couple

On 6th March, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko finished their visit to Viet Nam and Thailand and arrived at Tokyo International Airport.

Following the custom of Imperial Family, the members of Imperial Family welcomed Their Majesties at the airport.

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Imperial Visit to Vietnam Vol.1


On 28th February, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko started the official visit to Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.
Their Majesties will also visit Kingdom of Thailand to express their condolences to late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Their Majesties will come back to Japan on 6th March.


Remarks by His Majesty the Emperor at the Time of Their Majesties’ Departure for the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the Kingdom of Thailand (February 28, 2017)

Text from Imperial Household Agency

I shall be visiting Viet Nam for the first time together with the Empress at the invitation of His Excellency Mr. Tran Dai Quang, the President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, and also making a stopover in the Kingdom of Thailand on our way back to Japan.

In our relations with Viet Nam, we welcomed as state guests to Japan, His Excellency President Nguyen Minh Triet in 2007 and His Excellency President Truong Tan Sang in 2014, and we have been kindly offered invitations to visit Viet Nam. During this visit, in the capital city of Hanoi, we will be attending a welcoming ceremony and other official events as well as meeting with persons involved in Japan-Viet Nam relations. Later, in the ancient city of Hue, arrangements have been made to allow us to familiarize ourselves with the history of Viet Nam. It is our hope that our visit to Viet Nam will contribute to the further development of the mutual understanding and friendly relations between our two countries.

On our way back to Japan, we are making a stopover in Thailand to bid farewell and pay our last respects to the late King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and offer our condolences to the new king, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The Empress and I enjoyed a close friendship of over 50 years with the late King, who passed away in October last year.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to the Prime Minister and those who helped to make this visit possible.






On 28th February, Their Majesties arrived at Noi Bai International Airport of Vietnam.



On 28th February, Their Majesties met with Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers in Hanoi City.

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100 Days Anniversary


On 3rd February, the memorial service to commemorate the 100 days anniversary of the death of late Prince Takahito took place at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.


HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa


HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino


HIH Princess Mako and HIH Princess Kako of Akishino


HIH Princess Kako of Akishino


HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi


HIH Prncess Akiko and HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa


HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Tsuguko of Takamado


HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado

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New Year’s Greeting


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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