Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko introduce poetry compositions at New Year Poetry Reading ceremony

On 12 January, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko along with other members of the Japanese Imperial family introduced their own compositions at the New Year Poetry Reading ceremony held at the Imperial Palace. The theme for 2018 was “GO” or (Words). The royals read their own waka, or poetry to those assembled. Their Majesties take a walk through the Imperial Palace gardens each day as part of…

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