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Tuesday, 4th December 2012
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Kyoto plays host to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko

Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan, played host to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as the couple visited the city yesterday (December 3rd).

The pair arrived by the high speed railway network Shinkansen and visited the Emperor Meiji mausoleum during their short visit, in addition to various regional areas.

A Tendai temple, Manshuin Monzeki, was also on the royal itinerary as officials of the Imperial Household Agency were set to recognise the Emperor's auspicious 77th birthday, which took place two years ago. 

Today (December 4th) will see the Emperor and Empress visit the imperial tomb of Emperor Meiji at the Fushimi no Momoyama no Misasagi mausoleum.

The tour will end tomorrow (December 5th), but not before the couple have visited a local welfare facility for the disabled.

In November, the Imperial Household Agency revealed that the Emperor and Empress had visited the marine resources convention in Itoman and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

Written by Susan Ballion