On 3rd December, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited Kyoto Prefecture. Their Majesties firstly visited Mashuin Temple in Kyoto City. Manshuin Temple is famous for the beautiful colored leaves.
On 4th December, Their Majesties the Mausoleums of Meiji Emperor and Shoken Empress in Kyoto CIty. This year is the 100th anniversary of Meiji Emperor's death.
On 28th November, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited the grave of Prince Norihito of Takamadonomiya in Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery. Their Majesties didn't attend any memorial services for The 10th Anniversary for Prince Norihito's Death on 21st November according to the custom.
Their Majesties met with HIH Princess Hisako at the grave
On 26th November, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended The 28th Award Ceremony of International Prize for Biology held at Japan Academy Hall.
HIM Emperor Akihito and Dr. Joseph Altman, United States
On 21st November, the memorial service for The 10th Anniversary of Prince Norihito's Death at Takamadonomiya Residence and Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery. Prince Norihito of Takamadonomiya died suddenly due to ventricular fibrillation at the young age of 47 years old in 2002.
HIH Princess Hisako, the wife of Prince Norihito
HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.
On 13th November, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishinonomiya visited Saga prefecture. HIH Princess Kiko visited Tsunetami Sano Memorial Museum and Saga Red Cross Blood Center. Tsunetami Sano (1823-1902) is the founder of Japan Red Cross Society.