Japan’s Emperor Akihito visits family mausoleum with Empress Michiko

Japan’s Emperor Akihito, 85, visits the family mausoleum to pay his respects with Empress Michiko as he begins his abdication

  • They waved to crowds as they arrived at the mausoleum of Emperor Jimmu
  • Emperor Akihito will abdicate from the Chrysanthemum Throne on April 30 
  • Wife Empress Michiko joined him in a stylish long dark grey suit dress and hat
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Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko waved to crowds and looked happy today as they visited the mausoleum of Emperor Jimmu.

Emperor Akihito, 85, was dressed in a morning suit, with a tie and a grey trousers as he made his way to report his abdication from the throne.

Akihito will abdicate from the Chrysanthemum Throne on April 30, making way for his son Crown Prince Naruhito to replace him.

His wife, Empress Michiko, joined him in a stylish long dark grey suit dress and hat.  


Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are seen on arrival at Kashiharajinju-Mae Station to visit the mausoleum of Emperor Jimmu to report his abdication


Emperor Akihito wife Empress Michiko (left)  joined him in a stylish long dark grey suit dress and hat

The royal couple were seen on arrival at the Kashiharajinju-Mae Station where they waved at crowds and met officials.

They had previously visited the mausoleum of Emperor Jimmu to report his abdication of the throne.  

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Akihito shocked the country in 2016 when he signalled his desire to take a back seat, citing his age and health problems. 

The 85-year-old Emperor has been on the throne since 1989 when his father died. But Akihito has had heart surgery and was treated for prostate cancer.


Japan’s Emperor Akihito visits the mausoleum of Emperor Jimmu to report his abdication on Wednesday


Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are seen on arrival at Kashiharajinju-Mae Station in Kashihara, Nara, Japan


Akihito will abdicate from the Chrysanthemum Throne on April 30, making way for Crown Prince Naruhito to replace him

In February Emperor Akihito urged his country to be open to the outside world at a ceremony marking 30 years of his reign. 

Akihito, who is the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years,  has embraced the more modern role as a symbol of the state imposed after World War II ended. 

He also expanded his role by actively travelling across Japan, particularly to meet with victims of natural disasters and visit sites that had been affected by World War II.   


Akihito, who is the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years, has embraced the more modern role as a symbol of the state imposed after World War II ended


Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrive by car at Kashiharajingu Mae Station in Japan


Emperor Akihito (left) shocked the country in 2016 when he signalled his desire to take a back seat, citing his age and health problems

During his birthday celebration in December, the emperor said he will not forget those trips with his wife and thanked those countries for welcoming them, despite their bitter memories of the war.

‘I am grateful to each of those countries for welcoming us with warm hospitality,’ he said.

His son Crown Prince Naruhito has indicated he plans to follow in his father’s footsteps.


During his reign Emperor Akihito  expanded his role by actively travelling across Japan, particularly to meet with victims of natural disasters and visit sites that had been affected by World War II


The 85-year-old Emperor has been on the throne since 1989 when his father died. But Akihito has had heart surgery and was treated for prostate cancer

 Naruhito pledged to maintain the royal household’s close ties to the public and ‘fulfil my duty as a symbol of the state.’

On Monday, Princess Kako of Akishino, the granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, paid tribute to her ancestors during a visit to the Musashi Imperial Graveyard, days after announcing she is taking on full-time royal duties.

Just three days after her graduation, Kako, visited the Mausoleum of Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun in Hachioji, Tokyo, looking elegant in a dove grey dress and stylish trilby.


A model princess! Japan’s Princess Kako of Akishino wore a dove grey dress and stylish trilby for a visit to the Musashi Imperial Graveyard on Monday, three days after her graduation

 

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