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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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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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Photo from Asahi1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and Sankei


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Birthday Concert

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On 26th June, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the Concert celebrating the 80th birthday of Her Majesty took place at Peace Flower Music Hall inside Imperial Palace.
The other members of Imperial Family also attended the concert.

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HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako

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HIH Princess Kako and HIH Princess Kiko

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Their Majesties

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HIH Princess Kiko, HIH Princess Kako, HIH Princess Nobuko

Photo from Asahi

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Remembering Prince Tomohito

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On 6th June, the memorial service to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the death of Prince Tomohito (1946-2012) took place at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.

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HIH Prince Takahito of Mikasa, the father of Prince Tomohito

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HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa, the mother of Prince Tomohito

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HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa, the first daughter of Prince Tomohito

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HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa, the second daughter of Prince Tomohito

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HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako

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Ms Sayako Kuroda (Former Princess Sayako), the daughter of Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress

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Ms Noriko Senge (Former Princess Noriko of Takamado), the niece of Prince Tomohito

Photo from Asahi

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50th Anniversary of Children’s Land

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On 28th May, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the open of Children’s Land in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Children’s Land was founded based on the gift money which Their Majesties received from the people on the occasion of their wedding in 1959.

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Their Majesties (as Crown Prince and Crown Princess) and Ms Sayako Kuroda (as Princess Sayako) attended the ceremony celebrating the 20th anniversary of Children’s Land in 1985.

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Their Majesties, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako, HIH Prince Fumihito, HIH Princess Kiko, HIH Princess Mako, HIH Princess Kako and HIH Prince Hisahito of Akishino, Ms Sayako Kuroda and Mr Yoshiki Kuroda visited Children’s Land in 2009.

Photo from Asahi1, Asahi2, Sankei1 and Sankei2

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Birthday Concert

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On 27th November, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the concert celebrating the 80th birthday of Their Majesties took place at Peach Flower Music Hall inside Imperial Palace.
HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino and Mrs Sayako Kuroda, the daughter of Their Majesties also attended the concert.

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Transfer of Goddess

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On 2nd October, the Transfer ceremony of Ise Jingu Grand Shrine was held in Mie Prefecture. Ise Jingu enshrines the Goddess named Amaterasu Omikami which is considered as an ancestor of Imperial Family. The shrine pavilions of Ise Jingu are rebuilt once every 20 years and Gods transfer from the old to the new.
Ms. Atsuko Ikeda, the elder sister of HIM Emperor Akihito and Ms. Sayako Kuroda, the daughter of HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko led the ceremonies. Ms. Ikeda is 82 years old and the head priest of Ise Jingu since 1988 and Ms. Kuroda is the temporary head priest to support Ms. Ikeda since 2012.

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HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishinonomiya attended the transfer ceremony as the representative of Imperial Family.
HIM Emperor Akihito and members of Imperial Family also pray to the Gods of Ise Jingu at that time from Tokyo.

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new pavillion for Amaterasu Omikami

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Ms. Atsuko Ikeda, the head priest of Ise Jingu

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