Japan’s Emperor Naruhito And Empress Masako Beam In Family Portraits


Japan’s Emperor Naruhito appeared in high spirits as he posed with his wife and daughter for a New Year’s portrait at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace.

He donned a sophisticated black suit, paired with a cream tie, as he sat next to Empress Masako – who was effortlessly elegant in a white blazer and skirt – and their daughter Princess Aiko in a smiling family photo.

The trio were surrounded by beautiful traditional interiors as they marked the world by saying goodbye to 2022 and greeting the first day of 2023 today.

The Empress, 59, smiling next to her husband, 62, gathered her auburn locks back into a sleek style, looking stunning with a minimal layer of make-up and pearl jewelery to match.

Japan's Emperor Naruhito appeared in high spirits as he posed with his wife and daughter for a New Year's portrait at Tokyo's Imperial Palace

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito appeared in high spirits as he posed with his wife and daughter for a New Year’s portrait at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace

Elsewhere, young Princess Aiko, 21, stunned in a pastel, peachy dress and blazer as she wore her raven black locks in a half-up half-down style, mimicking her mother with the understated yet beautiful accessory choices.

Emperor Naruhito’s father – Emperor Emeritus Akihito, 89 – also appeared in the celebratory photos, looking sophisticated as always in a deep blue double-breasted suit.

He was photographed with his wife Empress Emerita Michiko, 88, who wore a glamorous ensemble in muted tones, with a square-neck top and flowing skirt.

Other relatives in the jovial portraits also included Japan’s crown prince and the emperor’s younger brother, Prince Akishino, 57.

Emperor Naruhito's father - Emperor Emeritus Akihito, 89 - also appeared in the celebratory photos, looking sophisticated as always in a deep navy double-breasted suit

Emperor Naruhito's father - Emperor Emeritus Akihito, 89 - also appeared in the celebratory photos, looking sophisticated as always in a deep navy double-breasted suit

Emperor Naruhito’s father – Emperor Emeritus Akihito, 89 – also appeared in the celebratory photos, looking sophisticated as always in a deep navy double-breasted suit

The trio were surrounded by beautiful traditional interiors as they marked the world by saying goodbye to 2022 and greeting the first day of 2023 today

The trio were surrounded by beautiful traditional interiors as they marked the world by saying goodbye to 2022 and greeting the first day of 2023 today

The trio were surrounded by beautiful traditional interiors as they marked the world by saying goodbye to 2022 and greeting the first day of 2023 today

The Empress, 59, who smiled next to her husband, 62, gathered her auburn locks back into a sleek style, looking stunning with a minimal layer of make-up and matching pearl jewelery

The Empress, 59, who smiled next to her husband, 62, gathered her auburn locks back into a sleek style, looking stunning with a minimal layer of make-up and matching pearl jewelery

The Empress, 59, who smiled next to her husband, 62, gathered her auburn locks back into a sleek style, looking stunning with a minimal layer of make-up and matching pearl jewelery

He smiled candidly as he talked to his family and flipped through a book in the photos, dressed in a simple black suit.

His wife Princess Kiko, 56, was the epitome of elegance in a cream cardigan blazer, adorned with pearl jewels and an ornate brooch, worn over a matching dress.

The couple’s children, Princess Kako, 28, and Prince Hisahito, 16, appeared to be laughing along with their parents in the sweet family photos.

Kako – whose birthday was just a few days before New Year’s Eve – looked fabulous in a dusty pink dress, which she paired with minimal accessories and a simple haircut while her teenage brother opted for a classic black suit.

Emperor Emeritus Akihito was photographed with his wife Emerin Emerita Michiko, 88, wearing a glamorous ensemble in muted tones, with a square-neck top and flowing skirt

Emperor Emeritus Akihito was photographed with his wife Emerin Emerita Michiko, 88, wearing a glamorous ensemble in muted tones, with a square-neck top and flowing skirt

Emperor Emeritus Akihito was photographed with his wife Emerin Emerita Michiko, 88, wearing a glamorous ensemble in muted tones, with a square-neck top and flowing skirt

The pair appeared to be in good spirits as they smiled for the family's celebratory portraits at the Akasaka Imperial Residence in Tokyo

The pair appeared to be in good spirits as they smiled for the family's celebratory portraits at the Akasaka Imperial Residence in Tokyo

The pair appeared to be in good spirits as they smiled for the family’s celebratory portraits at the Akasaka Imperial Residence in Tokyo

Emperor Naruhito’s niece celebrated her 28th birthday with new official portraits – after taking on the official duties left by her older sister Princess Mako, who has moved to New York with her common-law husband.

Kako caused a storm at the Akasaka Imperial Residence in Tokyo on Dec. 2, before celebrating her birthday a few days ago.

In the photos, the princess, dressed in a white sweater and jacket with a cream pleated skirt, walked through a picturesque forest.

The youngest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko has spent the past year actively filling in for her older sister, Mako Komuro, who moved to New York in 2021, according to the Japanese times.

Princess Kako took over as Honorary President of the Japan Tennis Association and President of the Japan Kogei Association following her sister’s departure.

Other relatives in the jovial portraits also included Japan's crown prince and the emperor's younger brother Prince Akishino, 57, alongside his wife and children.

Other relatives in the jovial portraits also included Japan's crown prince and the emperor's younger brother Prince Akishino, 57, alongside his wife and children.

Other relatives in the jovial portraits also included Japan’s crown prince and the emperor’s younger brother Prince Akishino, 57, alongside his wife and children.

The couple's children, Princess Kako, 28, and Prince Hisahito, 16, appeared to be laughing along with their parents in the sweet family photos

The couple's children, Princess Kako, 28, and Prince Hisahito, 16, appeared to be laughing along with their parents in the sweet family photos

The couple’s children, Princess Kako, 28, and Prince Hisahito, 16, appeared to be laughing along with their parents in the sweet family photos

She also attended urban green infrastructure events this year, which her sister always attended.

It was reported that the former Princess Mako is working as an unpaid volunteer at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art after giving up her titles — and a $1.3 million payout — to marry her “regular” college sweetheart.

In November, it was revealed that Mako’s husband Kei Komuro passed the New York bar exam after two failed attempts.

Meanwhile, Mako works in the iconic museum’s Asian art collection and helps curate an exhibition of paintings inspired by the life of a 13th-century monk who introduced Buddhism to Japan, according to the Japanese times.

Kako - whose birthday was just a few days before New Year's Eve - looked fabulous in a dusty pink dress, which she paired with minimal accessories and a simple hairdo

Kako - whose birthday was just a few days before New Year's Eve - looked fabulous in a dusty pink dress, which she paired with minimal accessories and a simple hairdo

Kako – whose birthday was just a few days before New Year’s Eve – looked fabulous in a dusty pink dress, which she paired with minimal accessories and a simple hairdo

The Upper East Side Museum is a 10-minute drive from the luxurious one-bedroom apartment in Hell’s Kitchen that she shares with husband and aspiring lawyer Kei Komuro, 30.

The couple were engaged for eight years before tying the knot in a small civil ceremony in Tokyo last October.

Since only male members of the Japanese Imperial Family are allowed to marry non-royals, Mako’s decision to marry for love means she is no longer considered a princess and any future sons will not be in line of succession for the Emperorship.

Mako and Kei met in 2013 when they were both studying at International Christian University outside Tokyo, where she studied art and cultural heritage. She went on to work as a special investigator at the Tokyo University Museum.

Earlier this year, Crown Prince Akishino officially became the heir apparent following Emperor Naruhito’s accession to the throne in 2019.

Nahurito, who ascended the throne himself after the abdication of his father, Emperor Akihito, has no male heir and according to Japanese succession rules, only a man can ascend the throne.

In April, Crown Prince Akishino traveled to the sacred shrine in Ise, Mie, where he completed the ritual known as Rikkoshi no Rei, which all heirs to the Chrysanthemum Throne must do.

The ritual first began in 2020, when Nahurito was required to send envoys across Japan to locations with strong ties to the Imperial family to announce that Fuhimito will be his heir.

The sites include Ise Jingu, a Shinto shrine complex in Mie Prefecture, the mausoleum of Emperor Jinmu, Japan’s mythical first emperor, in Nara Prefecture, and the mausoleum of Emperor Showa, Emperor Naruhito’s grandfather.

After the envoys reported on the news, ceremonies were held at each location.

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