(VIDEOS) TIHs Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan Visit Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

On Thursday, July 2, 2015, Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan departed from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to attend the coronation of His Majesty King George Tupou VI in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

The coronation will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 4, 2015, at the Free Wesleyan Centenary Church in Nuku’alofa.  Following the ceremony a luncheon will be held at the Royal Palace.  In the evening, a gala dinner held at the Masefield Naval Base in Touliki Moor.

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(VIDEOS) TIMs Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Visit a Cherry Farm.

On Thursday, June 18, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited the Tenko-en Orchard in Higashine in the Yamagata Prefecture.  During their visit the emperor and empress picked cherries and met with the owners as well as staff from the farm.

Thereafter, the imperial couple visited the Higashine City Hall where they were warmly welcomed by local government officials as well as by the people from the town.

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(VIDEOS) The Emperor and Empress of Japan Visit the District of Kita-Harao.

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited the Kita-Harao district in Zao, Miyagi, Japan.

The Japanese newspaper, Asahi Shimbun, writes that the community of Kita-Harao “…was developed through the toil of Japanese who left the battle-scarred South Pacific island of Palau after World War II.  [The emperor and empress met with three residents] who were among those who settled [in the district] from Palau at a stone monument commemorating the establishment of the community.”

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(VIDEO) TIHs Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan View an Exhibition in Tokyo.

On June 10, 2015, Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan arrived at the National Museum of Nature in Science in Tokyo to view the exhibition, The Great Amazon.

The exhibition is the largest of its kind:

“…ever mounted and focuses mainly on the biodiversity of the Amazon Basin.  Using fossils and preserved specimens, displays of live creatures, and stunning visual and audio content the exhibition introduces the mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, insects, plants and fungi that inhabit the Amazon.  The exhibition also showcases how the indigenous peoples of the Amazon have interacted with the plants and animals around them.” 

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Photo courtesy of Asahi Shimbun

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(VIDEOS) Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Attend a Memorial Service.

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan attended a memorial service at Kannonzaki Park in Yokosuka in the Kanagawa Prefecture to commemorate the “…commercial vessel sailors..” who died during the Pacific Theater of World War II.

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(VIDEOS) TIMs Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Hold a Farewell Audience.

On Friday, June 5, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan held a farewell audience with the President of the Philippines, Mr. Benigno Aquino, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

During President Aquino’s four-day state visit to Japan he received Japan’s highest honor, the Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum, from Emperor Akihito.

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(VIDEOS) TIMs Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Meet with the President of the Philippines.

On Wednesday, June 3, 2015,Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan met with the President of the Philippines, Mr. Benigno Aquino, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

According to the newspaper, Philippine Star, President Aquino received:

“…Japan’s highest honor, the Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum. The award was previously accorded to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and members of Britain’s royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Prince William.

In return, Aquino bestowed the Order of Lakandula Grand Collar (Supremo) on Emperor Akihito, for his contributions to strengthening and pushing forward the relations between Japan and the Philippines.” 

In the evening, the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko hosted a gala dinner in honor of President Aquino’s four-day state visit to Japan.

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(VIDEO) TIMs Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Kudomo-no-Kuni.

On Thursday, May 28, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of Kodomo-no-Kuni (Children’s Land) Amusement Park in Yokohama, Japan.

The Japanese newspaper, Asahi Shimbun, notes that the “…amusement park was constructed by the congratulatory money from across Japan when the emperor and empress were newlyweds…”

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(VIDEOS) TIMs Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Visit the Peace Monument in Tokyo.

On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan arrived at the Peace Monument in Yokoami Park in Tokyo to remember the 100,000 victims of the Great Tokyo Air Raid.

“The Imperial Couple laid bouquets of white chrysanthemums in front of tablets commemorating those who died…” notes the Japan Times.  Today’s visit was “…part of a series of trips the Emperor and Empress have made to pay tribute to the war dead on the occasion of the 70th anniversary [of the ending World War II].”

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(VIDEO) The Crown Prince Couple of Japan View an Exhibition at The National Art Center.

On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan arrived at The National Art Center in Roppongi (a district in Tokyo) to view the exhibition, Musée du Louvre: Peinture de Genre – Scènes de la vie Quotidienne.

The exhibition, organized in collaboration with the The National Art Center, Musée du Louvre, Nippon Television Network Corporation,  and Yomiuri Shimbun, consists of:

“…83 works that were carefully selected from the Musée du Louvre’s massive collection, traces the development of genre painting across four centuries, from the Renaissance to the mid-19th century. In addition to Vemeer’s ‘The Astronomer’, which will be shown in Japan for the first time, the exhibition presents works by prominent painters from every era and region including Tiziano, Rembrandt, Murillo, Watteau, Chardin, and Millet, allowing viewers to enjoy the diverse charms of genre painting.”

Musée du Louvre: Peinture de Genre – Scènes de la vie Quotidienne will be open to the public until June 1, 2015.

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TIMs Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Attend an Evening Concert. Plus, Other News.

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On Monday, May 25, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan attended the Vienna Boys’ Choir concert held at Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Earlier in the day Their Imperial Majesties met with the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mr. Najib Razak, and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, at the Imperial Palace.

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(VIDEO) TIHs Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan Attend a Memorial Service in Tokyo.

On Monday, May 25, 2015, Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan accompanied by the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzō Abe, attended a memorial service for “… Japan’s unidentified war dead…” held at the Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo.

According to the newspaper, Japan Times, the remains of:

“…2,498 unidentified soldiers were brought home by the government and other groups from places including the Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Archipelago, the Solomon Islands and Russia.  With the addition, the number of the war dead honored at the cemetery totals 362,570…”

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(VIDEO) TIMs Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Visit Kanazawa Castle.

On Monday, May 18, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan continued their three-day visit to the Ishikawa Prefecture.

This morning the imperial couple toured the newly restored and national historic site, Kanazawa Castle.

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