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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.

Photo from Sankei


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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.

Photo from Mainichi, AFP and Asahi


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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.

Photo from Asahi


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New Year’s Celebration

On 1st January 2018, the members of Imperial Family attended the Ceremony of New Year’s Celebration took place at Imperial Palace.

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.

It is the last time for HIH Princess Mako to attend the ceremony before her marriage.

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

Photo from Asahi


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Celebration of the Emperor’s Birthday

On 23rd December, the ceremonies to celebrate the 84th birthday of HM Emperor Akihito took place at Imperial Palace.

Greeting the Public

Luncheon

Tea Party with the ambassadors

Photo from Asahi1, 2 and 3


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Remembering Prince Mikasa

On 5th December, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited the grave of late Prince Mikasa (1915-2016) at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.

HIH Princess Yuriko and HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa welcomed Their Majesties at the grave.

Photo from Sankei


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State Guest from Luxembourg Vol.3

On 29th November, the members of Imperial Family attended the concert held by HRH Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg took place at State Guest House in Tokyo.

After the concert, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko bid farewell to HRH Grand Duke Henri and HRH Princess Alexandra.

Photo from Asahi


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Remembering late Prince Takamado

On 21st November, the memorial service for late Prince Norihito of Takamado (1954-2002) was held at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.

HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado

HIH Princess Hisako, HIH Princess Tsuguko and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado, HIH Princess Yuriko, HIH Princess Akiko and HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa

HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa

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Autumn Imperial Garden Party

On 9th November, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko held the Autumn Imperial Garden Party at Akasaka Imperial Garden and about 2,000 guests were invited.

Photo from Asahi


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Supporting self-reliance of the Disabled

On 11th July, HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa attended the screening meeting and the presentation ceremony of the Prize to support self-reliance of handicapped people took place in Miyagi Prefecture.

Photo from Sankei

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