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Emperor Akihito attends final event outside Imperial Palace of his reign

Emperor Akihito has attended the final event of his reign outside the Imperial Palace according to the Japanese press. The Emperor and his wife, Empress Michiko attended an annual award ceremony and reception on Friday in Tokyo. The ceremony was to present the Midori Academic Prize, founded by the AEON Environmental Foundation, and was hosted by the Cabinet Office. The first presentation of the…
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Who was Japan's first emperor?

As Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate from the Japanese throne, Royal Central has dissected some of the most memorable parts of his reign. Although we pride ourselves on keeping our readers up to date with the current news on royals around the world, we wanted to look back…
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Who is Crown Princess Masako of Japan?

Born Masako Owada (or Owada Masako according to Asian naming customs where the family name is placed before the given name), she was born on 9 December 1963 in Tokyo’s Toranomon Hospital to Yumiko Egashira and Hisashi Owada – the latter being a former diplomat and former judge on the International Court of Justice. Masako has two younger siblings – twin sisters, Setsuko and…
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Emperor of Japan continues with ceremonial rites ahead of abdication with visit to tomb of first emperor

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko have paid a visit to the tomb of Japan’s supposed first emperor, Jimmu. This visit is part of 11 ceremonies and rites that take place ahead of the 85-year-old Emperor’s abdication at the end of next month. The visit took place on Tuesday when the imperial couple visited the Nara Prefecture’s mausoleum of the legendary…
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Emperor of Japan begins first rituals for abdication

Emperor Akihito of Japan, 85, has begun a series of rituals leading up to his abdication at the end of next month. The first of these ceremonies took place on Tuesday, 12 March at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo at the three imperial sanctuaries. The retiring Emperor wore an ancient court costume for his visits to Kashikodokoro, Koreiden and Shinden. At the first shrine, he bowed and read an…
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