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Japan's Royalty Gathers for Music Concert

TOKYO, Jul 10 (News On Japan) - Japan's Imperial Family, including Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, and Princess Kako, gathered for a special music concert to celebrate the 90th birthdays of former Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Also in attendance were Sayako Kuroda and other family members.

The concert was held at the Tokagakudo music hall within the Imperial Palace. Former Emperor Akihito, now 90, and Empress Michiko, who will turn 90 in October, were honored with this event.

Both have a deep appreciation for music, with the former Emperor playing the cello and the Empress playing the piano. Musicians with long-standing connections to the couple performed in their honor. Notably, renowned Japanese jazz musician Sadao Watanabe, 91, performed three jazz pieces.

Watanabe, born in 1933 like the former Emperor, remains active in the music scene, releasing an album in April and embarking on a domestic tour. He previously served as the general director for the Japanese government's exhibit at the 2005 World Expo, where he guided the then-reigning Emperor and Empress.

Last month, Empress Michiko recovered from a COVID-19 infection within a week and privately visited the Meiji Jingu Museum with the former Emperor. Emperor Akihito continues his research at the Imperial Palace's Biological Laboratory.

This was the first time in nearly five years, since April 2019, that the former Emperor and Empress attended a music concert with their family, making for a cherished and memorable occasion.

Source: TBS

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