Year-end Presentation of Five Waka Poems by His Majesty the Emperor
The Nagano Winter Paralympics
The contest over, THe athletes who competed In the ice sledge race, Looking refreshed and smiling, Go lightly around the rink.
Visiting the United Kingdom
My thoughts go out to Those Who tend in wounded hearts Feelings of friendship, Helping them to rise above All the pain and scars of war.
Visiting the Kingdom of Denmark
While on board a boat Along with the members of Denmark's Royal House, From the Kronborg-Slot castle A roar of guns resounding.
On hearing of the state of recovery of Okushiri Island
When I remember THe awful calamity Of five years ago, To hear of recovery Gladdens my heart to the core.
Thinking of those people stricken by the disaster of concentrated heavy rains
The people living In places that were hard hit By the terrible Concentrated heavy rains, How will they pass the Winter?
Year-end Presentation of Three Waka Poems by Her Majesty the Emperess
On a Journey Abroad(*)
I think of people Assailed with a deep sadness They do not express. Now back in our homeland where The apricot bears green fruit.
NoticeNote: Her Majesty composed this poem when, in Britain, their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress had to undergo the severe protests of former British prisoners of war,and she was led to think as well about those other wartime captives,the Japanese taken prisoner.
The Soccer World Cup
To defend the goal - The task entrusted to him And to him alone - The young man takes up his stand, Eyes wide open and watchful.
On a Sunny Day
He who in silence Takes on His own self the load Of all that happens - As He stands in the sunlight What are His thoughts and feelings?