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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko

At 11 AM, the Emperor Akihito and his family appeared at the balcony.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko

The Emperor Akihito and the Empress Michiko. The Emperor delivered a new year speech.

The Empress, her second son Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Akishino Kiko

The Empress, her second son Prince Akishino (Fumihito) and his wife Princess Akishino (Kiko)

Prince Akishino and Emperor's cousin Prince Takamado's wife, Princess Takamado (Hisako)

Prince Akishino and Emperor’s cousin Prince Takamado’s wife, Princess Takamado (Hisako), the wine color’s dress is her elder daughter Princess Tsuguko

The late Prince Takamado's three daughters: Tsuguko, second Noriko, 3rd Ayako

The late Prince Takamado’s three daughters: Tsuguko, second Noriko, 3rd Ayako

Prince Takamado's daughter, Princess Noriko and Ayako

Prince Takamado’s daughter, Princess Noriko and Ayako

Crown prince Naruhito and princess Masako

The Crown prince Naruhito and princess Masako

The Emperor's young brother Prince Hitachi and his wife Princess Hitachi (Hanako), and crown princess Masako

The Emperor’s young brother Prince Hitachi (Masahito ) and his wife Princess Hitachi (Hanako), and crown princess Masako (white dress)

Slowly and cautiously

They appeared about 7 minutes. When we exited, it was a steep slope to the gate. Police held up a placard “Slowly and cautiously”.