2019 official portraits of Japanese Imperial Family were released

On the occasion of the new year, The Imperial Household Agency released official portraits of Japanese Imperial Family on January 1, 2019. Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Princess Aiko, Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, Princess Mako, Princess Kako and Prince Hisahito got together in the reception hall of the Imperial Palace for the traditional new year photoshoot. The photos were taken on December 3. The Imperial Household Agency also released Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko' waka poems.
Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Princess Aiko, Princess Kiko, Princess Mako, Princess Kako
Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Princess Aiko, Princess Kiko, Princess Mako, Princess Kako
Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Princess Aiko, Princess Kiko, Princess Mako, Princess Kako
Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Princess Aiko, Princess Kiko, Princess Mako, Princess Kako
Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Princess Aiko, Princess Kiko, Princess Mako, Princess Kako
The Imperial Household Agency released the final five 31-syllable "waka" poems written in 2018 by Emperor Akihito and three poems written by Empress Michiko to celebrate New Year's Day, as the emperor prepares to abdicate on April 30, 2019.

The emperor's poem on the 69th National Arbor Day Festival in Fukushima Prefecture in June:
Become a forest
For disaster prevention
That was my wish
As I planted black pine trees
In the land of Fukushima.

His poem on the Opening Ceremony of the 73rd National Sports Festival in Fukui Prefecture in September:
Here in Fukui
The storm is fast approaching
At the stadium
Awaiting the opening
The people spread out and dance.

His poem on the 38th Convention for the Development of an Abundantly Productive Sea in Kochi Prefecture in October:
Remembering
My childhood days of long ago
When I kept this fish
The striped beakfish I release
Into the sea of Tosa.

His poem on the imperial couple's visit to Okinawa Prefecture in March:
So many people
Waving their paper lanterns
Gathered together
We waved our lanterns back
At night in Okinawa.

His poem on the torrential rain that hit western Japan in July:
As I watched
Images of turbid waters
On television
Surging through, destroying towns,
I mourned the loss of many lives.

The empress' poem on the couple's visit to Yonaguni Island in Okinawa Prefecture in March:
Fondly I recall
Our trip to Yonaguni
The westernmost isle
Where we were shown a huge marlin
And native horses as well.

Her poem on late summer at the Imperial Palace:
Still in bloom I see
Some late blooming red clovers
Along the moat
There goes a state carriage
Its duty duly finished.

Her poem on the couple's planned moving house:
I know I'll recall
Even after we leave here
How light filled this garden
As Your Majesty stood there
Still youthful and radiant.

3 comments:

  1. Fantastisk, lovely poems. Very touching. How stylish and very special.

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  2. Very nice pics of the Family,but very stiff. My favorite is #5

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  3. I just hate how poor quality photos these are every year and taken always in the same room at the same sofa.

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