Imperial couple celebrates Japan's Marine Day
NHK -- Jul 17
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have watched volunteers hoisting sails on the iconic Japanese sailboat, the Nippon Maru.

The Imperial couple visited Yokohama Port, south of Tokyo, on Monday, a national holiday known as Marine Day.

The Nippon Maru was built in 1930 and traveled the world for more than 5 decades training sailors. It is now anchored in Yokohama and open to the public.

During Monday's event, about 100 volunteers followed orders to climb masts measuring up to 50 meters. After taking up position, they shouted "congratulations on Marine Day," waved yellow caps and saluted.

天皇皇后両陛下は「海の日」にちなみ、17日に横浜港を訪問されました。 両陛下は午前、横浜市のみなとみらい地区に展示されている帆船「日本丸」をご覧になりました。帆を張るためにマストに上がった船員らが掛け声とともに敬礼すると、両陛下は拍手で応えられました。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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