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Imperial Couple visit exhibition on their 30-yr history at Tokyo department store

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko look at a state carriage similar to the one used in the Imperial Couple's wedding parade at a special exhibition at Nihombashi Takashimaya Shopping Center in Tokyo's Chuo Ward on April 13, 2019. (Mainichi/Hiroshi Maruyama)

TOKYO -- Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited a special exhibition on their 30-year history in the Heisei era at Nihombashi Takashimaya Shopping Center in the capital's Chuo Ward on April 13.

Titled "Kokumin to tomoni Ayumareta Heisei no Sanjunen," the event retraces the Imperial Couple's steps in exploring what their roles should be after their marriage on April 10, 1959. The event is sponsored by The Mainichi Newspapers Co. and is supervised by the Imperial Household Agency's Board of Chamberlains.

Approximately 100 items and about 200 photos taken by the Mainichi Shimbun and the Imperial Household Agency are on display. Among them is special attire called "Korozen no goho" that the Emperor wore in a ceremony related to his accession to the Imperial Throne.

The Imperial Couple saw a photograph of them taken in August 1978, when they participated in an event in Shizuoka Prefecture as then Crown Prince and Princess with their sons and daughter. While viewing the photo the Emperor said, "Every family member is seen in this picture." The Empress added, "We often used to go out together," and they reminisced about old times.

Admission is free to the exhibition, which will run through April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and until 6 p.m. on the final day. Admission ends each day 30 minutes before closing time.

(Japanese original by Tomofumi Inagaki, City News Department)

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