Their Majesties' Garden Parties

Photo Description
Their Majesties' Garden Parties
(Akasaka Imperial Gardens)
(Photo: Imperial Household Agency)

Each year garden parties are held at the Akasaka Imperial Gardens, once each in spring and autumn.

Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress invite about 2000 guests with whom they engage in friendly conversation, including the Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President and Vice-President of the House of Councillors; Diet members; the Prime Minister; Ministers of State; the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court; other Ninshokan (government officials with Imperial attestation) and leading figures of legislative, executive and judicial organs; prefectural governors and chairpersons of prefectural assemblies; mayors of municipalities and chairpersons of municipal assemblies; and persons who have rendered distinguished service in various fields including, industry, culture, the arts and social activities, all of them with their spouses.

Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and Crown Princess and the rest of the Imperial Family attend garden parties. Also invited to the spring garden parties are the Heads of the Diplomatic missions in Japan and their spouses, and other Diplomats and Heads of consulates and their spouses and daughters.

Their Majesties' garden parties up to 2014
Number of guests: 106,021
Year Spring Autumn Total
1989

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1990 2,355

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2,355
1991 2,607 2,258 4,865
1992 2,601 2,185 4,786
1993 2,606 2,187 4,793
1994 2,577 2,227 4,804
1995

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2,210 2,210
1996 2,641 2,126 4,767
1997 2,572 2,202 4,774
1998 2,588 2,146 4,734
1999 2,598 2,182 4,780
2000 2,611

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2,611
2001 2,460 2,179 4,639
2002 2,485 2,158 4,643
2003 2,431 2,061 4,492
2004 2,461 2,189 4,650
2005 2,495 2,130 4,625
2006 2,517 2,118 4,635
2007 2,503 2,126 4,629
2008 2,530 2,139 4,669
2009 2,479 2,096 4,575
2010 2,495 2,088 4,583
2011

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2,514 2,514
2012 2,496 2,114 4,610
2013 2,521 2,192 4,713
2014 2,565 2,565
  • annotation1 In 1989 Their Majesties' garden parties were carried out neither in spring nor in autumn because of the demise of the Emperor Showa.
  • annotation2 In 1990 Their Majesties' garden party in autumn was called off because of the Ceremony of the Accession to the Throne.
  • annotation3 In 1995 Their Majesties' garden party in spring was called off because of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake.
  • annotation4 In 2000 Their Majesties' garden party in autumn was called off because of the demise of Empress Kojun.
  • annotation5 In 2011 Their Majesties' garden party in spring was called off because of the Great East Japan Earthquake.