On Friday, January 10, 2014, Their Imperial Highnesses Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan accompanied by His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan as well as other members of the Imperial family attended “…a lecture given by a top researcher during the annual Kosho Hajime No Gi (Ceremony of the First Lecture) event [as part of the] New Year ceremonies at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo….” according to Kyodo News.