1996, The Eighth Year of Heisei
Year-end Presentation of Five Waka Poems by His Majesty the Emperor
- Yamanashi Prefecture
- As we go along
Through villages stretching out
Among the mountains,
Blooming peach trees in the groves
Flowering in profusion.
- Visiting the old Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa
- What was my home in
Nikko at the time of the
After more than fifty years,
I visited this summer.
- Visiting the Town of Ashikaga with the King of Belgium
- Looking from the train
I am riding along with
The king of Belgium,
Ripened in rich abundance
I see the autumn rice-fields.
- The Mudslide Disaster in Nagano Prefecture
- The raging mudflow
Wrought most terrible havoc:
The search for bodies
In the freezing cold river
Today too was carried on.
- Looking Back Over Fifty Years
- For the fifty years
Of building up our country,
Those who gave themselves
To the work with might and main,
I call to mind their merit.
Year-end Presentation of Three Waka Poems by Her Majesty the Empress
- In Memory of Princess Chichibu
- You voiced your wish
To go with me, when Spring comes
To gather Chinese clovers.
That spring is here,
Sadly without you.
- On the Day commemorating The End of World War II
- I do not see their figures,
Nor do I know exactly where they are,
But on land and sea,
I feel the presence of innumerable souls
Watching over, caring for our nation.
- The Road
- Along both sides of tha lane,
Red Higanbanas(*) are in bloom.
Ah, if I walk on
To the far end of this road,
Shall I meet my mother, long gone?
NoticeHiganbanas:flowers traditionally associated with the dead