Emperor Naruhito of Japan Celebrates His 60th Birthday

Today is February 23 and Emperor Naruhito celebrates his 60th birthday. 60th birthday celebrations of Emperor Naruhito continued with various events throughout the day. The Imperial Household Agency released new photos on the occasion of 60th birthday of the Emperor. A reception and a tea party were held at the Imperial Palace in the afternoon. A banquet was held for Imperial family members in the evening.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Kako and Princess Mako
(Birthday celebration plans had called for Naruhito to wave from the palace balcony to tens of thousands of well-wishers, but they were canceled as a precautionary anti-infection measure.)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Kako and Princess Mako
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Kako and Princess Mako
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Kako and Princess Mako
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Kako and Princess Mako
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Kako and Princess Mako
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Kako and Princess Mako
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Kako and Princess Mako
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Kako and Princess Mako
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Kako and Princess Mako
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Kako and Princess Mako
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Kako and Princess Mako

16 Comments

  1. Happy Birthday Emperor Naruhito. Wishing you a long happy life and a peaceful reign.
    Empress Masako looks nice in both her outfits. I like the collars on both of them.
    - Anon 9:13

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  2. More beautifully coloured outfits from the Empress. I love the colour of the blue suit and the matching blouse and the long gown is beautiful.

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  3. Empress is not wearing a hat, good for her to do what she likes
    j.

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    1. I think that's because the reception was at the imperial palace, her home. Michiko also never wore hats when receiving at the palace. Still, If ind it a bit silly that the ladies always have to carry gloves and fans, neither which are ever used...

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    2. I guess that’s the protocol. She is receiving and the other ladies are visiting. You don’t wear a hat when you’re at home : )
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  4. I love the blue pantsuit, colour is sublime, very soft and feminine looking and suits the Empress perfectly. Her apricot gown (it appears to be that colour to me) is elegant and well crafted, it looks superb. Love the beautiful brooch and earrings she looks beautiful.

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  5. Happy birthday Emperor Naruhito.
    Perfection from all angles. Like the way that mother and daughter are wearing, more or less, the same colour of pale rose. From what we can see of it, the blue pant suit looks superb. Lots of smiles and an aura of happiness all round.
    p.s.no official date given yet of their spring visit to the U?K?

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  6. Happy Birthday Emperor Naruhito. All royal members look great, so elegant and happy.

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    1. And compliments to the Emperor for looking so young at the age of 60. He carries his age well.

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  7. Que le règne de l'empereur soit le plus long et serein possible ; bon et joyeux anniversaire à lui... Il a toujours beaucoup de goût lorsqu'il harmonise la couleur de sa cravate avec la tenue de son épouse... Vêtue de bleu-pastel ou saumoné, Masako est ravissante ; j'adore sa broche et ses boucles d'oreilles de perles !

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  8. Happy Birthday ... wonderful couple ... love to see them ... always dressed well coordinated ...

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  9. The Empress and all the princesses look very pretty. My favorite gown of all is the color-blocked kimono worn by the lady in photo number 5. It is a modern take on the traditional style, I think.

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    1. I loved it as well the moment I saw it.
      - Anon 9:13

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  10. Beautiful gowns and lovely colors. The Empress looks stunning. I also love the the light blue suit. And a very happy 60st Birthday to Emperor Naruhito of Japan.

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  11. C'est la princesse Mako, fille aînée du prince héritier qui porte une toilette de couleur légèrement saumonée ressemblant à celle de l'impératrice ; sa sœur Kako est vêtue de rouge. Ravissants colliers de perles pour toutes les deux !

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  12. I wish I could be present at one of these banquets because I'd love to see what they are being served and what they like to eat on formal occasions. When there are US and UK State dinners, the respective national houses and chefs publish a list of the foods and wines that are chosen to be served, as well as the thoughts behind each of the dishes and each of the wines. Most are very creatively selected to emphasize the country's best produce and food traditions.

    It looks like a bento box type of arrangement being served here. I noticed this also for the enthronement dinners that occurred in October. The food is very artfully arranged and very beautiful to look at as well as to eat. I personally love Japanese cuisine and have been eating it since I was a child even though I'm not Japanese. I also enjoy Omakase dining.
    I've tried searching for a site that gives more information about the menu service at these formal events but haven't been able to find one. Does anyone know of one? TIA
    - Anon 9:13

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