On the early morning of June 10, 2013, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan departed from Haneda International Airport to begin his seven-day official visit to Spain. The purpose of the crown prince’s visit is to celebrate the 400th anniversary of bilateral relations between Japan and Spain. Prior to his departure the crown prince and the crown princess posed for photographers outside their home in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan arrived at the Imperial Graveyard of Toshimagaoka in Tokyo to visit the tomb of His Imperial Highness the late Prince Tomohito of Mikasa. The prince passed away last year at the age of 66. Unfortunately, Her Imperial Majesty Empress Michiko was unable to attend. According to the Imperial Household Agency the 78-year-old empress was “…feeling quite unwell...” Nevertheless, the emperor was not alone when he paid his respects to the late prince this morning. The emperor was accompanied by the late prince’s daughters, Princess Akiko and Princess Yoko of Mikasa.