Empress Emerita Suffers 'stress-induced' Sickness

Empress Emerita suffers 'stress-induced' sickness

Japan's Imperial Household Agency says Empress Emerita Michiko has felt sick over the past several months probably because of mental stress.

The agency says the 85-year-old Empress Emerita vomited several times since mid-September and she was apparently bleeding from the stomach.

Empress Masako Turns 56

Empress Masako turns 56

Japan's Empress Masako has expressed appreciation on her 56th birthday for the people's warmth in celebrating Emperor Naruhito's enthronement earlier this year.

The Imperial Household Agency released a written statement by the Empress on Monday.

Emperor, Empress Visit Mausoleum Of Emperor Meiji

Emperor, Empress visit mausoleum of Emperor Meiji

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have visited the mausoleum of Emperor Meiji in Kyoto in a ceremony related to the Emperor's enthronement.

The Imperial couple arrived at the mausoleum on Thursday morning to report the completion of key enthronement ceremonies and rituals. The Emperor is a great-great-grandson of Emperor Meiji.

Emperor, Empress Visit Mausoleums Of Past Emperors

Emperor, Empress visit mausoleums of past emperors

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have visited ancestral mausoleums to report the completion of rites signifying the Emperor's enthronement.

The couple arrived at the mausoleum of the legendary first emperor of Japan, Jinmu, on Wednesday morning in the city of Kashihara in Nara Prefecture, western Japan.

Emperor, Empress Visit Inner Shrine Of Ise

Emperor, Empress visit Inner Shrine of Ise

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have ended two days of ceremonies at Ise Shrine in central Japan to mark the completion of major rites signifying the Emperor's enthronement.

The Emperor, clad in a traditional robe, traveled in a horse-drawn carriage on Saturday morning to the Inner Shrine. It is dedicated to the Sun Goddess, the ancestor of the Imperial family according to legend.

Emperor, Empress Arrive In Mie To Visit Ise Shrine

Emperor, Empress arrive in Mie to visit Ise Shrine

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako arrived in Mie Prefecture from Tokyo on Thursday to visit Ise Shrine following the completion of rituals involving the Emperor's enthronement.

This is the Imperial couple's first trip to the shrine after the Emperor ascended the throne in May. Two of the three types of Imperial regalia were brought with them.

Emperor, Empress To Parade Through Tokyo Soon

Emperor, Empress to parade through Tokyo soon

The sunny streets of Tokyo are already filling up with excited crowds ahead of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement procession. The Emperor and Empress will parade through the heart of the city in an open-top limousine on Sunday afternoon.

People have been gathering around the Imperial Palace since the morning so they can get a good look at the Imperial couple.

Emperor, Empress Hold Tea Party For Royals

Emperor, Empress hold tea party for royals

Japan's Emperor and Empress have held a tea party for royalty visiting Japan from abroad to attend the enthronement ceremony of the Emperor.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako hosted the party at their residence, the Akasaka Palace, on Wednesday afternoon.

A New Role As Emperor And Empress

A new role as Emperor and Empress

It's been almost half a year since the Emperor ascended the throne. While Emperor Naruhito has been following in his father's footsteps as a Symbol of the state, he's also been searching for a more modern vision as Emperor.

On May 1, the Emperor took part in the "Kenji-to-Shokei-no-gi" -- a ceremony to inherit the Imperial Regalia from his father, Emperor Emeritus Akihito.

Empress Emerita Michiko Turns 85

Empress Emerita Michiko turns 85

Empress Emerita Michiko turns 85 on Sunday.

It's her first birthday since she became Empress Emerita following the abdication of Emperor Emeritus Akihito at the end of April.

Emperor, Empress Rehearse Enthronement Ceremony

Emperor, empress rehearse enthronement ceremony

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have taken part in a rehearsal for their enthronement ceremony next week.

The imperial couple opened their car's window and waved to passersby as they arrived at the Imperial Palace on Tuesday afternoon.

Emperor, Empress Attend National Athletic Meet

Emperor, Empress attend national athletic meet

The Emperor and the Empress took part in the opening ceremony of the National Sports Festival of Japan in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on Saturday.

The couple was received by Ibaraki Governor Kazuhiko Oigawa at Katsuta Station, where they arrived on a special train used exclusively by members of the Imperial family.

Empress Emerita Recovering, Leaves Hospital

Empress Emerita recovering, leaves hospital

Empress Emerita Michiko has left hospital after surgery on Sunday for early-stage breast cancer.

The Empress Emerita on Tuesday departed the University of Tokyo Hospital, and many people, including patients, gathered to wish her well.