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Remembering Prince Tomohito

On 6th June, the members of Imperial Family attended the memorial service to commemorate the 5th anniversary of late Prince Tomohito of Mikasa took place at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.

HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa

Ms Sayako Kuroda (L) and Ms Noriko Senge (R)

Photo from Asahi


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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.

Photo from Mainichi


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Imperial Visit to Vietnam Vol.1

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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.

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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.

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

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

Photo from Asahi1 and Asahi2


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100 Days Anniversary

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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.

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HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa

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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 Princess Kako of Akishino

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HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi

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HIH Prncess Akiko and HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa

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HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Tsuguko of Takamado

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HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado

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International Conference for Universal Design

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On 9th December, HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa attended the opening ceremony of The 6th International Conference for Universal Design in Nagoya 2016 (UD2016) took place in Aichi Prefecture.
HIH Princess Yoko is the President of International Association for Univerdsal Design.

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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Funeral of late Prince Mikasa

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On 4th November, the Funeral of late Prince Takahito of Mikasa took place at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo and 582 people attended.

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Departure from Mikasanomiya Residence

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Arrival at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery

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HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa, the chief mourner

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The funeral site was open to the general public after the funeral

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After the cremation, the rite of burial took place at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery.

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HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa

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HIH Princess Kako of Akishino

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HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi

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Takamado Family

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HIH Princes Hisako of Takamado, the daughter-in-law of late Prince Mikasa

Photo from Asahi, Mainichi and Sankei1,2 and 3


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This Week’s Extras

On 17th October, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko met with Mr Andre Cox, General of The Salvation Army and his wife at Imperial Residence.

On 17th October, HM Emperor Akihito and the other members of Imperial Family attended Kanname-sai took place at Imperial Palace Sanctuaries. In this ceremony held at Kashikodokoro, new crops are offered to the gods as thanks. In the morning, His Majesty offers prayers of worship to Ise Shrine at the Shinkaden.

On 17th October, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito met with the people awarded by Japan Foundation at Crown Prince Residence.

On 18th October, HIH Princess Nobuko of Mikasa attended the Autumn Memorial Service for Unknown War Dead took place at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo.

On 21st October, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the Autumn Gagaku Recital of Imperial Household Agency Music Department took place at Imperial Palace.

On 21st and 22nd October, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended World Forum on Sport and Culture took place in Tokyo.

On 22nd October, HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi attended the ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of International Cancer Congress took place in Kanagawa Prefecture.

On 23rd October, HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa attended the 41st Welfare Sports Festival took place in Tokyo.

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This Week’s Extras

On 10th October, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa visited Gunma Prefecture to attend the 25th Prince Tomohito Cup of GI Tournament.

On 12th October, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito met with the ambassadors at Crown Prince Residence.

On 12th October, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino attended the staff meeting of Yamashina Institute of Ornithology took place in Chiba Prefecture.

From 12th October to 13th October, HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa visited Toyama Prefecture and Ishikawa Prefecture to attend the 18th Hokuriku Welfare Golf Tournament.

On 13th October, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino delivered a lecture at Tokyo University of Agriculture.

On 13th October, HIH Princess Kiko and HIH Princess Mako of Akishino attended the opening ceremony of the 50th Convention of Educational Research for the Deaf took place in Tokyo.

On 14th October, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito visited Yamanashi Prefecture to inspect an old spring and river levee.

From 14th October to 15th October, HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi visited Nagasaki Prefecture to attend the opening ceremony of the 29th Nenlympics.

On 14th October, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa attended the starting ceremony of La Festa Mille Miglia 2016 took place in Tokyo.

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State Visit of King and Queen of Belgians Vol.1

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On 11th October, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the Welcoming Ceremony for HM King Philippe, King of the Belgians and HM Queen Mathilde, Queen of the Belgians took place at Imperial Palace.

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Imperial Audience

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At the evening, Their Majesties held the banquet at Imperial Palace and the other members of Imperial Family also attended.

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Ms Sayako Kuroda, the daughter of Their Majesties

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Remarks by His Majesty the Emperor at the State Banquet in Honour of Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde King and Queen of the Belgians (Tuesday, October 11, 2016)

Text from Imperial Household Agency

I wish to extend a heartfelt welcome to Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, King and Queen of the Belgians, on the occasion of Your State Visit to Japan in this commemorative year marking the 150th anniversary of the establishment of friendly relations between our two countries. I am truly delighted to spend this evening together with You.

Sixty-three years ago, in June 1953, when I was 19 years old, I attended the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. I vividly recall my first meeting with Your father, who would later ascend to the throne as King Albert II; we were both teenage guests at the time.

Following my attendance at that Coronation ceremony, I toured several countries in Europe. While in Belgium I had the pleasure of staying at Chateau de Laeken, where I was warmly received and treated like a member of the family by His Majesty King Baudouin, Your father’s older brother. This is a very fond memory for me to this day, never to be forgotten. Several years later, both King Baudouin and I got married, and friendship also developed between Her Majesty Queen Fabiola and the Empress. Thus, the ties between our two families have been cemented over many years. Their Majesties King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola graciously attended my Enthronement ceremony in 1990. I would like to offer my deepest gratitude to the members of the royal house of Belgium for the support they have always given us.

In 1993, upon the demise of His Majesty King Baudouin, the Empress and I attended the funeral ceremony to share Your grief. Two years ago, upon the demise of Her Majesty Queen Fabiola, the Empress traveled to Belgium to pay her farewell respects. During each of those visits, in spite of having so much to contend with at such a time, Your family unfailingly offered us heartfelt hospitality, for which I again offer my sincere gratitude.

This marks Your Majesty’s eleventh visit to Japan, beginning with Your visit in 1985 together with His Majesty King Baudouin. You also accompanied Your parents, Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola, on Their trip as State Guests of Japan in 1996. At that time, we visited Tochigi Prefecture together. I remember watching the performing arts of the region there, as well as visiting the Ashikaga School building, well known as Japan’s oldest school, dating back to medieval times.

It was in 1866, 150 years ago, that Japan and Belgium entered into diplomatic relations. Two years later, the Meiji era began in Japan, during which our country poured every effort into modernization. As part of that process, the Meiji government dispatched a mission to the United States and Europe, where the members of the mission observed and extended their knowledge of each country. During their time in Belgium, they had the honour to be received in audience by King Leopold II. Japan’s exchange with Belgium was most important because ever since the Meiji Restoration Your country was one of the models that Japan followed in proceeding with its modernization. To take just one example, the foundation of the Bank of Japan in 1882 drew significantly on the system of Belgium’s central bank at that time. To this day, Belgium is among the world’s leading countries in a wide range of cutting-edge fields including life sciences, medicine, and pharmaceuticals, and the close ties between our two countries are of vital importance to Japan.

Following World War II, Belgium has been playing an active role from the very beginning of the movement toward European integration. Today, Your capital Brussels is home to the headquarters of both the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, thus playing a vital role in global peace and development. As Japan deepens its ties with Europe in the future, I am confident that Belgium will continue to be a gateway to the region for us.

At the same time as political and economic relations, various forms of exchanges are being carried out between our countries. Many Japanese have been studying in Belgium in fields ranging from academia to music and the arts. In addition to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Universiteit Gent, which have long been pursuing Japan studies in earnest, I was told that Universite libre de Bruxelles has also launched a Japanese language program this year. It is my pleasure to observe the exchanges between Japan and Belgium becoming wider in a range of fields and the mutual understanding becoming deeper.

In Japan, the long and hot summer is finally behind us, and we are now experiencing the cool winds of autumn. I hope that this visit will be a memorable one for Your Majesties and the members of Your delegation and lead to the further development of friendly and cooperative relations between our two countries.

I would now like to propose a toast to the good health of Your Majesties, and to the happiness of the people of Belgium.

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