Official Visits within Japan

Photo Description
(Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress
in attendance at the Autumn National Athletic
Festival in Toyama Prefecture)
(Photo: Kyodo News)

Besides making appearances at award ceremonies in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area such as the Memorial to the Nation's War Dead, the Japan Academy Prize Ceremony and Japan Art Academy Prize Ceremony, Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress also visit regional Japan to attend National Arbor Day, the National Sports Festival and the Festival for the Cherished Sea. Their Majesties also visit local welfare, cultural, industrial and other facilities where they offer encouragement to those participating in such work.

Also, in the event of a major natural disaster, Their Majesties visit the site and mourn the victims, console the survivors and encourage those participating in relief operations.

Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, along with other members of the Imperial Family also make appearances in and outside Tokyo at national-level conventions and other events of the organizations of which they are presidents or honorary presidents.

Their appearances also involve observing regional conditions, welfare and cultural establishments and encouraging the parties concerned in these projects.

Also, in the event of a natural disaster, they will pay sympathy visits.