It's not an easy job, being the emperor of Japan.

Besides hosting dozens of Imperial court ceremonies year-round, Emperor Akihito — alongside Empress Michiko — has to attend numerous meetings and luncheons with foreign dignitaries, and the Imperial Couple embark on numerous trips to visit schools and institutions, and attend festivals all across the nation.

Twice a year, the couple also grant an audience to more than 50 people honored and awarded medals in the government's spring and autumn decorations.