Imperial Family

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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Emperor Akihito hints at abdication of throne in new video message

The Emperor’s decision to break his silence on the controversial issue has sparked considerable debate and contemplation in Japan.

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The size of the emperor of Japan’s security detail is no joke 【Video】

Japan’s reigning monarch steps out into town with his wife and several dozen bodyguards and attendants.

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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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Satisfy a Royal Craving – We Try Ice Cream Fit for an Emperor

Even royalty can get a sweet tooth from time to time, and in the blistering heat of a Japanese summer, what could be a better way to satisfy the urge for sweets than a big bowl of ice cream? Of course, when dealing with the imperial family, not just any old brand of ice cream will suffice. That’s why in 1968 a special recipe for handmade ice cream was developed for their royal highnesses, the Emperor and Empress of Japan. It’s called Snow Royal and can still be purchased from Snowbrand-Parlor (雪印パーラー) in Hokkaido..

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