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Final Garden Party

On 9th November, the Autumn Imperial Garden Party held by Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko took place at Akasaka Imperial Garden in Tokyo.
It became the last time for Their Majesties to hold the Imperial Garden Party before the abdication of His Majesty.

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Remembering Prince Mikasa

On 27th October, the ritual to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the death of late Prince Mikasa (1915-2016) took place at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.
HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa and the other members of Imperial Family attended the ritual.

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Goodbye to Imperial Family

On 26th October, HIH Princess Ayako attended the ritual to report her marriage to the Imperial Ancestor Amaterasu-omikami (Sun goddess), the departed souls of the successive Emperors and Imperial Families and various Japanese gods from throughout the country took place at Imperial Palace Sanctuaries.

HIH Princess Tsuguko (L) and HIH Princess Hisako (R)

On that day, HIH Princess Ayako attended the Ceremony to bid farewell to the Emperor and the Empress took place at Imperial Palace.

The wedding of HIH Princess Ayako and Mr Kei Moriya will be held on 29th October.

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Princess Ayako will get engaged

On 26th June, Imperial Household Agency announced that HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado will get engaged.
HIH Princess Ayako is expected to attend the Press Conference on 2nd July with her fiance.

[NEWS] Princess Hisako’s daughter Ayako to get engaged to businessman

Text from The Japan Times

Princess Ayako, the youngest daughter of Princess Hisako and the late Prince Takamado, Emperor Akihito’s cousin, will get engaged to a businessman, the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday.
The future husband of the 27-year-old princess is Kei Moriya, 32, an employee of major shipping firm NYK Line, the agency announced.
Princess Ayako graduated from Josai International University in Chiba Prefecture and earned her master’s degree there in 2016. She is working as a research fellow at the university’s Faculty of Social Work Studies.
In 2014 her sister Princess Noriko married Kunimaro Senge, the eldest son of the chief priest of Izumo Taisha, a Shinto shrine in Shimane Prefecture.
Last year, the agency announced the planned engagement of Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, and Kei Komuro, but said in February that their wedding had been postponed until 2020 due to “lack of preparation.”
Under the Imperial House Law, female members of the Imperial family lose their royal family status when they marry a commoner.
When Princess Ayako and Princess Mako marry, the size of the Imperial family will drop to 17 and the number of female members to 12.

Takamado Family in 1994; Late Prince Norihito, HIH Princess Ayako, HIH Princess Hisako, Ms Noriko Senge (Former Princess Noriko), HIH Princess Tsuguko

Takamado Family in 2018; HIH Princess Hisako, HIH Princess Tsuguko, HIH Princess Ayako

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Against Culling

On 22nd May, HIH Princess Tsuguko of Takamado attended the symposium against culling of dogs and cats took place in Tokyo.

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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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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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Imperial New Year’s Poetry Reading

On 12th January, the members of Imperial Family attended the Ceremony of the Utakai Hajime (Imperial New Year’s Poetry Reading) took place at Imperial Palace.

Waka Poems by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress and Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and Princess

Text from Imperial Household Agency

Theme for the New Year’s Poetry Reading (2018) : GO (WORD)

His Majesty the Emperor

In the garden
Conversing with each other
On our morning walk
We come across in the woods
Blossoms of kinran* blooming.

(Background of the poem)
Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress take a stroll together in the garden of the Imperial Residence early every morning as part of Their daily routine. On Sundays, They go as far as the East Gardens and walk around the gardens of Ninomaru and Honmaru. In this poem, His Majesty recalls seeing kinran in the course of Their walk in the springtime in the grove of the Ninomaru garden.

*Kinran, or helleborine, Cephalanthera falcata, is a woodland orchid, with small yellow flowers, which blooms from mid-April to mid-May.

*Honmaru is the site of the main compound of the Edo Castle.

*Ninomaru is the site of another compound on the east side of Honmaru, where a garden was laid out, using surface soil brought from a grove in the suburbs of Tokyo. The soil contained the seeds and roots of plants, insect eggs and soil organisms, which explains the existence of kinran in the Ninomaru Grove.

Her Majesty the Empress

On Your shoulders
Pours the early spring sunlight
Softly and gently
O, such a heavy burden
You bore, saying so little.

(Background of the poem)
His Majesty the Emperor has devoted Himself over the years to pursuing His life as the symbol of the state, fulfilling His heavy responsibilities quietly as a matter of course, without saying much. In this poem, Her Majesty the Empress expresses how, beholding His Majesty standing in the warm sunlight of early spring, She reflected on the path His Majesty has followed until now.

His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince

I prayed for the happiness of the people
who had settled down in the reconstructed homes,
Listening to them talk of their lives after the disaster

(Background of the poem)
His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince, together with Her Imperial Highness the Crown Princess, visited Yuriage Chuo Daiichi Danchi (the central apartment complex No.1) in the Yuriage area of Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, in November 2017. There, Their Imperial Highnesses received a briefing on the situation of the reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake, such as the progress in the construction of public housing for the disaster victims. Then they conversed with the people affected by the disaster who had moved into the new public housing.
His Imperial Highness was relieved to hear that the reconstruction work had made steady progress, and the environment for the disaster affected people to live in peace had been improving. This poem depicts His Highness’s thoughts over the hardships of the people who suffered from the disaster and his sincere prayer for the happiness of each of them in their days ahead.

Her Imperial Highness the Crown Princess

How relieved was I
To hear hopeful words
Coming from the people
in their new homes in Yuriage

(Background of the poem)
Her Imperial Highness the Crown Princess, together with His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince, visited the disaster affected areas in Miyagi prefecture last November. The Yuriage area in Natori City, which was severely damaged by the tsunami, was one of these places. During the visit, she felt relieved to hear words of hope from the people who had moved into new public housing where their living environment is improving, helping them to find new hope for the future.
This waka poem was composed to express her feelings at the time, recalling the hardships that many people had to endure after the great earthquake and tsunami, and wishing for further reconstruction of the area.

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Imperial New Year’s Lectures

On 10th January, the members of Imperial Family attended the Ceremony of Kosho Hajime (Imperial New Year’s Lectures) took place at Imperial Palace.

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

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.

It was the first time for HIH Crown Princess Masako to attend the Ceremony since 2003.

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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 126,720 people gathered at Imperial Palace and it is the largest number of the visitors during the reign of HM Emperor Akihito (1989-).

HIH Crown Princess Masako

HIH Princess Mako

HIH Princess Mako, HIH Princess Yuriko, HIH Princess Nobuko, HIH Princess Akiko

HIH Princess Yuriko stood up from her wheelchair

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