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.
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
with HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa and HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado at Mikasanomiya Residence
Photo from Asahi
On 15th September, the memorial for Prince Katsura was held at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery. The ceremony commemorated that 100 days had passed since Prince Katsura passed away on 8th June.
HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa
HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako
On 17th June, the main funeral service for Prince Yoshihito of Katsuranomiya (Prince Katsura) was held at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo. About 560 dignitaries including the members of Imperial Family attended the funeral. In line with custom, Their Majesties did not attend the funeral but sent messengers including the grand steward of the Imperial Household Agency.
The funeral cortege
During the ceremony, a eulogy to the late prince was read.
After the messengers from Their Majesties bowed to pay their respects, HIH Princess Akiko went up to the altar and offered a tree branch. HIH Princess Akiko, the niece of Prince Katsura acted out the duty of chief mourner.
HIH Prince Takahito and HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasanomiya moved to the altar in wheelchairs before standing to pay respects to their son.
Other attendees including HIH Crown Prince and HIH Crown Princess followed.
Many people lined up at the cemetery after the ceremony ended as members of the general public were given a chance to pay their respects to the late prince.
After the funeral, the prince’s body became cremated at the crematorium in Shinjuku Ward before his ashes are interred at a stone chamber next to the resting place of his older brother, Prince Tomohito(1946-2012).
HIH Princess Akiko at the grave of Prince Katsura
On 15th June, the wake for Prince Yoshihito of Katsuranomiya (Prince Katsura) was held at Akasaka East Residence, the shared facility for Imperial Family.
Before the wake, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko made a condolence visit to Akasaka East Residence. As customary, Their Majesty refrain from attending the related mourning ceremonies of other members of Imperial Family including the wake.
HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Crown Prince Naruhito
HIH Princess Kiko and HIH Prince Fumihito
HIH Princess Mako
HIH Princess Hanako and HIH Prince Masahito
HIH Princess Yuriko, the mother of Prince Katsura
HIH Princess Hisako
On 21st November, the memorial service for Prince Norihito(1954-2002) was held both in Takamadonomiya House and Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery.
Prince Norihito of Takamadonomiya suddenly died due to ventricular fibrillation on 21st November 2002.
HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasaomiya, the mother of Prince Norihito