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Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko host annual garden party

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko speak to Rio de Janeiro Olympics wrestling gold medalist Kaori Icho during the imperial garden party at the Akasaka Imperial Gardens in Tokyo's Minato Ward, on April 20, 2017. (Mainichi)

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko hosted their annual spring imperial garden party at the Akasaka Imperial Gardens in Tokyo on April 20, inviting some 2,000 guests.

Among those in attendance were many athletes who competed in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last summer. The Imperial Couple and other members of the Imperial Family engaged in conversations with some of the Olympic medalists dressed in dazzling kimonos.

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