Emperor Akihito of Japan celebrates his 82nd birthday

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave to well-wishers with Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Prince Akishino, Prince Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako from the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2015. Thousands of people gathered at the palace to celebrate Emperor Akihito's 82nd birthday. (The Emperor's Birthday is a national holiday in the Japanese calendar celebrated on 23 December of each year. The date is determined by the reigning Emperor's birthdate. Emperor Akihito was born on 23 December 1933)
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Prince Akishino, Prince Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako from the balcony of the Imperial Palace
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Prince Akishino, Prince Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako from the balcony of the Imperial Palace

21 comments:

  1. This entire family is always so elegant.

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  2. Question:Who is the heir of the Imperial throne after Prince Naruhito?
    His Nephew or his daughter?

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    1. A good question! Or perhaps his brother? Like in Belgique after Baudoin?
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    2. le neveu hélas !!!!

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    3. I think it is his brother, Fumihito, Prince Akishino

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    4. Heirs to the Chrysanthemum Throne are: 1. Naruhito 2. Fumihito aka Prince Akishino 3. Prince Hisahito

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    5. According to the Japanise Imperial Tradition a girl would never be heir of the throne of Japan. So the daughter of Naruhito can't be the future Empress of Japan.

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  3. ハッピーバースデー、明仁天皇

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  4. Prince Naruhito is the heir to his father, the emperor, with his nephew (the son of his younger brother) the next in line to the throne after Naruhito. In Japan a girl cannot inherit the throne, which I find strange as Japan has had some very strong empresses in the past.

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  5. dommage que la fille du couple héritier ne soit pas présente !!!

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  6. le neveu hélas a cause de leur lois ancestrales et qu'il faudrait moderniser !!!

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  7. Thank you all for your answers in my question!

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  8. This entire country is sick including this royal family. Girls can't inherit the thorn. Please just remember that all of the male was coming from their moms' tummies. So disgraceful of this country and family. :-(

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  9. Don't the emperor and empress have a daughter as well?

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    1. The emperor and empress have a daughter who used to be a princess Norinomiya. She doesn't have her royal title anymore due to her marriage. Usually princesses will lose their princess title when they marry.

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    2. She is married and never belonged to loyal family since then.

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  10. They always look so classy, especially the empress.

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    1. Classy if it is 1960...To me they just look repressed and retrograde.

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  11. They all seem like from different era, elegant to the most small detail with flawless manners.

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  12. (I know you know but) Kiko is a princess of Akishino, not Prince.

    Revision of the Law of succession to allow females to succeed to the Japanese Imperial throne had been discussed after birth of Aiko, who is the only daughter of crown prince Naruhito and crown princess Masako, but since Hisahito was born, the discussion was shelved. Japanese princesses who were born to royal family are strongly encouraged to get married, and will lose title after their marriage, so Hisahito will be left behind alone in the royal family in the future.
    New establishment of "Princessly house" has been discussed instead these days.

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