Emperor Naruhito completes visits to imperial mausoleums

National Dec 3, 2019

Emperor Naruhito completes visits to imperial mausoleums

Emperor Naruhito, joined by Empress Masako, visited the mausoleums of his grandfather and great grandfather in Tokyo on Tuesday, concluding a series of visits to imperial mausoleums since the completion of key succession rituals. The imperial couple separately offered tributes at the mausoleum of Emperor ...

Princess Aiko turns 18 as she enjoys final year of high school

National Dec 1, 2019

Princess Aiko turns 18 as she enjoys final year of high school

Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, turned 18 on Sunday, enjoying her last year in high school as she prepares to move on for further studies at university starting next spring. The cello-loving princess, currently a third-year student at Gakushuin ...

Pope Francis meets with victims of Japan's 3/11 disasters

National Nov 25, 2019

Pope Francis meets with victims of Japan's 3/11 disasters

Pope Francis on Monday met with victims of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan, a day after railing against the destructive power of nuclear weapons in the atomic bomb-hit cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The gathering in Tokyo was set because ...

Emperor and empress may visit areas hit by Typhoon Hagibis

National Nov 20, 2019

Emperor and empress may visit areas hit by Typhoon Hagibis

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are considering a trip late next month to areas of Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures that were hit hard by Typhoon Hagibis and subsequent heavy rain, the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday. If realized, it will be the imperial couple's first ...

Emperor hosts Daikyo-no-Gi grand banquet at Imperial Palace

National Nov 16, 2019

Emperor hosts Daikyo-no-Gi grand banquet at Imperial Palace

The first round of Daikyo-no-Gi grand banquets for Emperor Naruhito and guests who attended the Daijosai grand thanksgiving ceremony took place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday. The day's banquet, held after Daijosai was performed by the emperor from Thursday evening to early ...