Japanese New Year’s Reception 2019

Emperor Akihito (wearing the Sash, Star and Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum) and Empress Michiko of Japan were accompanied by Crown Prince Naruhito (in the Order of the Chrysanthemum), Crown Princess Masako (wearing the Pearl Sunburst Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), Prince Akishino (in the Order of the Chrysanthemum) and Princess Kiko (wearing her Wedding Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), Princess Mako (in her 20th-Birthday Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), Princess Kako (wearing her Diamond Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), and extended members of the Imperial Family (in their Personal Tiaras and the Order of the Precious Crown) at the annual Ceremony of New Year’s Celebration at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 1st. This was the last New Year’s Reception of the Reign of Emperor Akihito, ahead of his Abdication in April, and the first time the Crown Princess attended the public Audience in over 15 years.

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The Emperor and Empress received greetings from the other members of Imperial Family; the Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President and Vice-President of the House of Councillors; Diet members; the Prime Minister; Ministers of State; the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court; other government officials with Imperial attestation; Administrative Vice-Ministers of Ministries and Agencies and other leading figures of legislative, executive and judicial organs; prefectural governors and chairpersons of prefectural assemblies; and heads of diplomatic missions to Japan and their spouses.


2 thoughts on “Japanese New Year’s Reception 2019

  1. I can see where Emperor Akihito wants to give way to the new generation. He is looking rather tired, I think he’s not in the best of health. I’m glad he was able to get his wish to retire. I can only hope that Crown Princess Masako stays healthy and able to move on to the role of Empress. I wish them well.

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