From the time He was Crown Prince on up to today, having visited so many parts of the country, His Majesty composed this poem to express His feeling that with every year that went by He could see in the various regions, the aspect of the towns improving in every way.
(Reference : from "His Majesty's Thoughts" released at New Year, 2003)
As we look back, exactly fifty years have passed since the New Year right after the Peace Treaty came into effect. Bearing in mind the great efforts the people have made during the past 50 years in building the Japan of today, I hope that we can unite in utmost efforts to pursue a better future.
After going through the town and seeing from the car windows the Spring scene at close of day, with people here and there who seemed to be sharing a moment's happiness, standing still and enjoying the view on an evening when the cherry petals were falling, floating as they fell, Her Majesty composed this poem.
From October of 1983 until October of 1985, His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince pursued his studies at Merton College, Oxford University. In this poem, he fondly recalls how on his way back to his residence in the early winter twilight, the evening bell echoed through the old town of Oxford.
One morning last autumn, Their Imperial Highnesses took their daughter Princess Aiko on a walk through the Outer Gardens of the Meiji Shrine along a road lined with gingko trees in their beautiful fall colors. This poem calls to mind how the young Princess replied with a smile to the smiles and greetings of the passers-by.