Oct 12, 2014

Abe eyes summit with Palau leader by next spring

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering holding a summit with Palau President Tommy Remengesau by next spring in Japan, ahead of the planned visit to the Pacific island country by the Emperor and Empress, government sources said Saturday. Abe aims to lay the groundwork ...

'Imperial pony' dies after long life at Yokohama park

Jul 28, 2014

'Imperial pony' dies after long life at Yokohama park

The last of two male ponies presented to the Imperial family by Argentina in 1979 died Monday at a park in Yokohama, according to the park that was the ponies’ home in Japan. Kodomonokuni children’s park said the pony, named Garucho and believed to ...

Nov 29, 2013

Emperor, Empress head to India

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will kick off their one-week official trip to India on Saturday. The Imperial Couple were invited by the Indian government as state guests for the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The couple ...

Nov 26, 2013

An Imperial break from tradition

The announcement that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will be cremated and be interred in smaller mausoleums reflects their wish to minimize the impact of their funeral rites on people's lives.

Nov 7, 2013

Empress to meet with Indian authors in New Delhi

Empress Michiko will meet with representatives of the Indian branch of the International Board on Books for Young People during the Imperial Couple’s official visit to India that starts Nov. 30, the Imperial Household Agency said. The Empress, who maintains close ties with the ...

Kumamoto mascot Kumamon greets Imperial Couple

Oct 28, 2013

Kumamoto mascot Kumamon greets Imperial Couple

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were greeted by Kumamoto Prefecture’s official mascot, the popular black bear character called Kumamon, at the prefectural office Monday. The Imperial Couple, who have been visiting the prefecture since Saturday, thanked Kumamon for his display of comical movements. After ...

Jul 4, 2013

Poems translated into English by Empress published

A collection of poems by Michio Mado has been translated into English by Empress Michiko and was published last month in two volumes. Mado is popular in Japan as the writer of nursery rhymes such as “Zosan” (“Elephant”). The volumes, “Keshigomu” (“Eraser”) and “Niji” ...

Jun 22, 2013

Imperial Couple to visit Iwate in July

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit Iwate Prefecture from July 4 to 5 to encourage people affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday. It will be their second visit to Iwate since May 2011. The Imperial ...