Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are currently in the old Japanese capital of Kyoto in order to visit the region and pay their respects to Emperor Meiji. The couple arrived on Monday by bullet train and will go back to Tokyo on Wednesday.
The emperor and empress first visited Manshuin Monzeki, a Tendai Buddhist temple. Later, a tea ceremony to celebrate the 77th birthday of Emperor Akihito was held, arranged by the Imperial Household Agency. The couple’s Tuesday schedule included worshiping at Fushimi no Momoyama no Misasagi, the mausoleum of Emperor Meiji, who passed away 100 years ago. The day was concluded by a visit to a welfare facility for disabled people.
The imperial family has once again found themselves in the news spotlight as interest in the family’s lives and activities picked up once more. Earlier this month, Princess Aiko celebrated her 11th birthday. She is daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito, the eldest son of Emperor Akihito and heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne of Japan. The Imperial Household Agency released pictures and information about the young princess in order to update the public about her upbringing and activities, such as playing basketball at her school, Gakushuin Primary School. The young princess caught the attention of media in 2010 when it was reported that she suffered from anxiety due to bullying, causing her mother, Crown Princess Masako, to accompany her to school each day. She has seemed to have recovered and is now attending school on her own.
[ via The Examiner ]