J-Pop singer to perform song written and composed by the emperor and empress at upcoming ceremony

Singer Daichi Miura of Dragon Ball Super fame is selected to perform a song created by some unlikely collaborators–the Imperial Family of Japan.
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Donald Trump will probably be the first foreign leader to meet with Japan’s new emperor

State visit likely to occur in late spring/early summer of next year.

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Japanese Emperor’s abdication date set, end of Heisei era now officially on the horizon

The Japanese Prime Minister made the announcement today, following a meeting held by the Imperial Household Council.

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Japanese Emperor’s abdication date to be decided next month, expected later than initial reports

Emperor Akihito will likely be sitting on the Chrysanthemum Throne a little longer than most expected.

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Japanese Emperor abdication date revealed by government officials in new report

The date will bring an end to Japan’s current Heisei era.

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What it’s like inside a $3,000 a night Japanese hotel room 【Video】

The palatial room can be found at a hotel that accommodates the Japanese Emperor on his travels.

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Confusion as Imperial official denies rumors that Japan’s Emperor Akihito plans to step down

It’s been a whirlwind day in the Japanese media amidst rumors that Emperor Akihito plans to abdicate in the near future, but an Imperial official is now denying these claims.

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Royal smile: Princess Kako of Akishino stuns netizens with her elegant beauty

Her Imperial Highness Princess Kako of Akishino, the 20-year old granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, has recently been getting a lot of attention online in Japan after she appeared in public by herself for the first time looking exceptionally poised and beautiful.

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Enter for a chance to win a tour of the emperor’s home!

Next year, the Japanese emperor, Akihito, turns 80 years old. That’s a pretty respectable age for just about anyone, we’d say. In celebration, the Imperial Household Agency has announced plans to open up the Imperial Palace to a select group of lucky commoners to be selected by lottery. Hmm…are you feeling lucky?

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We visit a hidden store on the Imperial Palace grounds offering items you can’t find anywhere else

The Imperial Palace of Japan is a popular destination for tourists around the world. Aside from being the residence of the modern line of Japanese emperors, it’s also known for being the location of Edo Castle, home to the Tokugawa Shogunate. Being such a place steeped in culture and history, it’s definitely worth checking out, but that’s not the only reason. Tucked away in the imperial palace is a little known shop humbly called Kunaicho Seikatsu Kyodokumiai (Imperial Household Agency Cooperative) which sells food and items related to the imperial household. These items can only be found at this shop and they can’t be bought on-line.

This shop is largely unknown to even Japanese people, so our reporter Yoshio went in (after making the necessary reservation) to discover what limited edition treasures the Kunaicho Seikatsu Kyokumiai had to offer. Let’s see what he found in his photo-filled report!

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Get Your Hands on an Umbrella Fit for an Emperor, Be Prepared to Pay a King’s Ransom Though

If you’ve ever seen footage of the Japanese Empress Michiko holding an umbrella over her shoulder on a rainy day, you might find yourself in awe of how gracefully she pulls it off.  If it were me you would see my arm struggling back and forth with the wind as my face grimaced in annoyance.

The fact is that even though it looks like they are holding simple plastic parasols. The Imperial House as well as politicians in Japan use specially made umbrellas from a maker with nearly 300 years of experience.

And now you can too, but it’ll cost ya.

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