TIMs Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Visit Rikuzentakata. (VIDEOS)

On Friday, July 5, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan continued their visit to the Iwate Prefecture in northeastern Japan. In the morning, Their Imperial Majesties visited the city of Rikuzentakata which was left in ruins after the March 11, 2011, tsunami caused by the 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Tōhoku.

Whilst in the city Their Imperial Majesties met with 400 people who are living in a temporary housing complex and visited (actually viewed from their car) the well-known miracle pine tree.”  The emperor and empress also visited a factory in Ofunato just north of Rikuzentakata.

In other news, the newspaper, Japan Times, reports that Her Imperial Majesty Empress Michiko has translated a “…collection of poems by Michio Mado into English and was published last month in two volumes…”  Click here for more information about this latest news.