On October 16, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan accompanied by Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Hitachi and Princess Hanako of Japan attended the 25th Praemium Imperiale Art Awards reception in Tokyo.
Established in 1989, the Praemium Imperiale Art Awards is “…a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association…” according to the official website for the awards.
The winners of the 2013 Praemium Imperiale Art Awards went to famed Spanish tenor, Mr. Placido Domingo, Italian artist, Mr. Michelangelo Pistoletto, and iconic American film director, writer, producer, and philanthropist, Mr. Francis Ford Coppola to name a few.
Video of the awards presentation and reception. His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi presents the medals to the winners.