Japan

Crown Prince of Japan urges his daughter to update Japanese people regarding her wedding

The Crown Prince of Japan, Akishino, has urged his eldest child and older daughter, Princess Mako, to update the Japanese public regarding engagement and postponed wedding to Kei Komuro. His Imperial Highness said, “This coming February marks two years [since the announcement of the postponement of the wedding]. I believe something must be announced about it.” The comments were…
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King and Queen of Thailand meet the Pope

Pope Francis met with Thailand’s King Maha VajiralongKorn, Queen Suthida and the Buddhist leader, Patriarch Somdej Phra Maha Muneewong on Thursday. Pope Francis was greeted at the Palace entrance by the King and Queen. They shook hands, engaged gifts and had a…
Japan

Some in Japanese government calling for women to head their own imperial family branches

Some in the Japanese government are now calling for women to head their own imperial family branches, and the government is set to start talks about just that. The Japanese Imperial Family continues to shrink as female members marry; female royals who marry commoners must leave the Imperial Family and renounce their titles. The government will discuss allowing the female members of the…
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Japan

Emperor Naruhito spends the night with sun goddess as final part of enthronement ritual

On Thursday night, Emperor Naruhito took part in the final accession ritual after ascending the throne on 1 May, the day after his father, Emperor Akihito (the now Emperor Emeritus) abdicated. The Emperor took part in a ritual feast with the sun goddess, Shinto deity Amaterasu, in the Imperial Palace’s Daijokyu Halls; the ritual is called the “Daijosai” or “rite of…
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Asian RoyalsBehind the Scenes with True Royalty

True Royalty focuses on Asian monarchies

While most of the time we highlight documentaries and programmes surrounding the British Royal Family for True Royalty, this week we are also highlighting their other shows focusing on Asian monarchies. They have a series called “Asian Monarchies” with episodes focusing on the royal families of Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Japan, and Nepal. The Bhutan documentary gives insight into…
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