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Imperial couple introduce their poems at annual New Year ceremony

The traditional “Waka” poems, penned by the Imperial Family, and ten selected works from the public, were recited at the annual New Year event in the Matsunoma main hall in the Imperial Palace. The theme of this year’s poems was “no”, which translates as “field.” Emperor Akihito’s poem recalls the chirping of tree crickets near the Omei pavilion…
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Emperor Akihito will not release traditional New Year message

The Emperor of Japan will not release the traditional New Year message this year, which marks another step towards reducing his royal duties. Vice Grand Steward Yasuhiko Nishimura on Monday said Emperor Akihito, who recently turned 83, has accepted a proposal made by the Imperial Household Agency to forgo the message that he has been delivering on 1 January ever since he succeeded to the throne in…
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Government preparing for Emperor Akihito’s abdication in 2018

A government source has told The Japan Times that the government is making legal preparations to pave the way for Emperor Akihito’s potential abdication in 2018. The government is responding to the Emperor’s concerns that his age could stop him from fulfilling his role as symbol of the state. He has indicated in a nation wide video message in August that 2018 will also mark a reign of…
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Monarchy Monday: Royal Birth Celebrations From Different Monarchies

We are all familiar with the practices that will take place once the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son or daughter are born. Not only are there traditional celebrations, but Commonwealth countries around the world will have their unique way of celebrating the birth of a sibling for Prince George. I am sure everyone is as excited as I am to see what each country will come up with. For now…
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