Autumn Garden Party at Akasaka Imperial Gardens 2023

Members of the Japanese Imperial Family joined Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan as they hosted the annual Autumn Garden Party at the Akasaka Imperial Gardens in Tokyo on November 2nd, the first time it has been held since 2018.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako were joined by Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Hanako, Princess Hitachi, Princess Akiko, Princess Yōko, Princess Takamado, and Princess Tsuguko of Takamado.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako hosted a garden party at the Akasaka Imperial Gardens in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on Thursday, which was attended by some 1,000 guests.

This was the first autumn Imperial garden party in five years. Autumn parties in the past four years were canceled due to ceremonies related to the Emperor’s enthronement and the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was the second time for the current Emperor and Empress to give a garden party since the Emperor ascended the throne in May 2019. The first party hosted by the couple was this year’s spring event.

The Emperor, the Empress and other members of the Imperial family had talks with guests. The invitees included singer-songwriter Yumi Matsutoya, shogi master Hifumi Kato and veteran stand-up comedy act Kiyoshi Nishikawa.

In his conversation with Matsutoya, Emperor Naruhito said that he knows her song “Kageriyuku Heya,” and mentioned how the artist travels around for concerts. Matsutoya responded by saying, “I get energy from everyone enjoying (my performances).”

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