Emperor Akihito and Michiko at a memorial service for war victims

On August 15, 2016, Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a memorial service ceremony marking the 71st anniversary of the Japan's surrender in World War ll at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at a memorial service for war victims at the Nippon Budokan
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at a memorial service for war victims at the Nippon Budokan
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at a memorial service for war victims at the Nippon Budokan
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at a memorial service for war victims at the Nippon Budokan

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  1. Hm. Those are two strangely shaped flower arrangements on the sides.
    And the tradition that doesn't allow the emperor to resign is a cruel obstination. No one who takes a good look on poor Akihito and Michiko can think otherwise.
    I love the traditional japanese outfits on Michiko by the way.

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    1. Agreed! They should be able to live out their last years in the mountains walking among cherry blossoms without any stress. For such a country that is so modern in so many ways they remain so archaic in some pretty major ways. I have a friend who lives in Tokoyo and he says that most Japanese are ok with him abdicating and also ok with a female heir. Its the courtiers that still rule the country. Much like the eunuchs did in China. Sad really.

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  2. Like porcelain dolls sculpted in the likeness of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
    Japan , what a fascinating and multifaceted culture.

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