Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress celebrated their 9th anniversary of their marriage on September 30. "I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the progress we have taken," he said in writing.
Their Majesties wrote their comments on the 30th anniversary of their marriage, saying, "I am deeply moved to think that we will be celebrating 30 years of marriage. I fondly remember the marriage ceremony held in the rain 30 years ago, the morning viewing ceremony in the afternoon, and the parade that received warm blessings from many people. With the help of many people, we have experienced many things together, helped each other, shared joy, and sometimes shared sorrow, and I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the progress we have made so far."
He also stated that the Emperor and his wife always devoted themselves to their official duties with the hope of the happiness of the people, saying, "I hope that the two of us will continue to wish for the happiness of the people and work together to fulfill our duties while keeping these things in mind."
Regarding the eldest daughter, Aiko, she said, "Not only does it make our lives enjoyable and peaceful, but I feel that each and every thing she learns and experiences leads to new learning for us."
He concluded, "I would like to take this opportunity to once again express my gratitude for the warm feelings that the people of Japan have given me, and I sincerely hope that the coming era will be one in which you can move forward with bright hopes and dreams."
Their Majesties will receive congratulatory greetings from the Commissioner of the Imperial Household Agency and others at their residence on the 9th.
Their Majesties Full Impressions
Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan sent their impressions in writing on the occasion of their 30th wedding anniversary.
Here is the full text.
When I think that today is my 30th year of marriage, I am deeply moved.
I fondly remember the marriage ceremony held in the rain 30 years ago, the morning viewing ceremony in the afternoon, and the parade that received warm blessings from many people.
Japan and the world have undergone major changes over the past 30 years, and I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the progress we have made so far along the way, with the help of many people, experiencing many things together, helping each other, sharing joy, and sometimes sharing sorrow.
During this period, Japan has been hit by repeated natural disasters, including the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and the Great East Japan Earthquake.
In addition, over the past three years, the novel coronavirus infection has had a significant impact on society, and people around the world have faced many difficulties.
In Japan, I am relieved that the problem of the novel coronavirus infection is gradually calming down and people are returning to their daily lives, but at the same time, I am worried about the safety of people who are still facing various difficulties.
Recently, I visited the disaster-stricken areas of Iwate Prefecture, which was severely damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and I was deeply moved to see that reconstruction has been steadily progressing thanks to the ceaseless efforts and cooperation of the people.
At the same time, while there are still issues to be addressed, we have started to build a new community, and I sincerely hope that the disaster-stricken areas will be further rebuilt in the future.
We have seen Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress work wholeheartedly in their duties while always wishing for the happiness of the people, and we hope that we will continue to wish for the happiness of the people and work together to fulfill our duties while keeping such actions in our hearts.
Changes in the world and society will continue in the future, and it is likely that society's demands on our duties will change accordingly, but even in such a situation, I would like to continue to hold on to the idea that it is important for the Imperial Family to share the suffering and suffering with the people.
I would like to continue to visit various places, meet and listen to many people, including the elderly, young people, people who support society and people who are struggling, listen to their hearts, and sometimes listen to the voices of my heart that cannot be put into words, and feel close to people in various situations, including those who are in difficult situations.
Through such efforts, I hope to continue to open our minds to the new possibilities of the people of this country.
Aiko also reached the age of adulthood and gradually began to work as a member of the imperial family.
Aiko not only makes our lives enjoyable and peaceful, but I feel that each and every thing she learns and experiences leads to new learning for us.
I would like to take this opportunity to once again express my gratitude for the warm feelings that the people of Japan have given us.
I sincerely hope that the coming era will be one in which you can move forward with bright hopes and dreams.
Their Majesties and Aiko release a video of sericulture work
The Imperial Household Agency has released a video of the Emperor and his family engaged in sericulture work on the 30th anniversary of the marriage of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress.
The video was shot at a silkworm breeding facility at the Imperial Palace on the 30th of last month, and Their Majesties and their eldest daughter Aiko are engaged in a process called "cocoon scraping" (mayukaki), in which silkworm cocoons are removed from a device called "mabushi" and harvested.
In the Imperial Family, successive empresses have been raising silkworms since the Meiji era, and according to his aides, on this day, the Empress worked with the Emperor and Aiko while talking peacefully about the shape and size of the cocoon.
Publication of photos of recuperation at Goryo Farm
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the marriage of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, the Imperial Household Agency has released 4 photographs of the Emperor's family visiting the Imperial Household Agency's Imperial Household Agency Goryo Farm in Tochigi Prefecture in April.
The Emperor's family recuperated from April 17 to 4 at the Imperial Household Agency's Goryo Ranch in Takanesawa Town, Tochigi Prefecture.
The provided photos show the family interacting with a female calf born during their stay, Aiko named "Rainbow", and the Empress and Aiko feeding carrots to their horses.
The family wore protective clothing when interacting with animals as a preventive measure.
In another photo, Their Majesties and Aiko are smiling while holding large harvested radishes.
30 years since marriage
Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress were married 30 years ago on June 5, 1993.
The Emperor was 6 and the Empress was 9.
Following the "Wedding Ceremony" held at the Imperial Palace, a convertible car paraded to the Akasaka Imperial Estate, where he lives, and nearly 33,29 people packed the roadside.
The following month, at the Imperial Banquet held in conjunction with the Tokyo Summit, the Empress made her international debut as a member of the Imperial Family and used her career as a former diplomat to meet with foreign leaders.
The following year (20), the two of you made your first official visit to a foreign country, and you toured four countries in the Middle East to work for international goodwill.
Two years after my marriage, in 1994, the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake struck, and I returned to Japan ahead of schedule for my overseas visit and visited the disaster-stricken areas.
In December 8, eight years after their marriage, their first daughter, Aiko, was born.
However, two years later, the Empress fell ill and went into medical treatment.
The Imperial Household Agency announced the diagnosis result of "adjustment disorder".
In an unfamiliar environment and under great pressure, I was able to accumulate mental and physical fatigue from public duties and raising children.
At the press conference, His Majesty the Emperor expressed his determination to continue to support the Empress.
The Empress continues to have difficulty performing official duties due to her physical condition, but when the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in 13, Their Majesties visited the three prefectures of Tohoku that were severely damaged one after another and visited the victims.
In 12, the Empress made her first official foreign visit to the Netherlands in 2 years, and took a major step toward recovery.
In October 23 Reiwa, His Majesty the Emperor, who ascended to the throne following the abdication of the Emperor, participated in the "Enthronement Ceremony" with the Empress at the Imperial Palace and Palace, and proclaimed his enthronement both domestically and internationally.
However, in Reiwa 2011 (3), the infection of the new coronavirus spread worldwide, and the opportunity for Their Majesties to interact directly with people was lost.
On New Year's Day of the following year, Their Majesties sent a video message for the first time to the Japanese people, asking them to "unite and overcome hardships."
In addition, you started interacting with people online.
From last year (25), we resumed visits to rural areas while monitoring the infection situation, and this month, we also visited Iwate Prefecture, which was severely damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Miyagi Marumori Town Victims of the Heavy Rain Disaster "Kind words from the Empress"
In the first year of Reiwa, Typhoon No. 19 caused heavy damage mainly in the eastern Japan and Tohoku regions, and Their Majesties visited the affected areas of Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures after completing a series of ceremonies associated with the enthronement.
Ms. Kuniko Soga of Marumori Town, Miyagi Prefecture, who met with Their Majesties said, "When the Empress asked me what I did during the typhoon, and I told her that I had evacuated with my waist up, Their Majesties all said, 'That was very difficult.'
Yuichi Sato, a farmer in Marumori Town, said he had been blaming himself for losing his home and field and not being able to help the woman next door, but he was saved by the words of Their Majesties the two people.
Mr. Sato said, "When I told her that I couldn't help the grandmother next to me, the Empress told me, 'Please don't overdo it and take care of your body.' I began to think that I couldn't stay depressed."
Mr. Sato started plowing the field from scratch after hearing the words of Their Majesties and is now able to harvest the same amount of vegetables as before the disaster, and said, "I would like to tell Their Majesties that we have made it this far, and I would be happy if they could eat the harvested vegetables."
Their Majesties visit the Director of the Museum "Happiness for 40 and 50 years"
Motoaki Kono, director of the Seikado Bunko Museum of Art, which is very close to the Imperial Palace and which Their Majesties have visited in private, congratulated Their Majesties on their lives.
When they visited the museum on official business in December last year, Their Majesties occasionally exchanged glances and carefully appreciated the national treasure "Yotenme."
Director Kono said, "I could feel the mutual respect and affection between the two of you, and I think you are spending an unimaginably busy life, so I would be happy if you could visit again to heal your heart with art and relieve the tension of your daily life. I wish you happiness for the next 12 or 40 years."