Theme for the New Year's Poetry Reading (1994) : WAVES
His Majesty the Emperor
Fervently wishing For a calm untroubled world Where no rough waves rise, I welcome with hope and joy The start of a new year.
Her Majesty the Empress
Early summer, (The Okinawas call it "Urizun"), The surrounding seas are calm,the waves quiet. AH! You at eternal sleep here, Who gave your lives for this peace.
His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince
Gazing at the view From the inn at journey's end Together with my wife The gentle wavelets ripple On the waters of Omi.(see note 1)
Her Imperial Highness the Crown Princess
I see with you,(see note 2) The calm Lake Biwa Where waves are quiet and tranquil And the glistening moon brightens The surface of the waters.
In August of 1993, Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako visited Shiga Prefecture in order to attend the National Agricultural Youth Conference. While there, they lodged on the shore of Lake Biwa. These poems recall their sentiments at that time.
note1:the waters of Omi is another name of Lake Biwa
note2:in this line, "you"refers to His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito