Empress Of Japan’s Birthday

21 Oct

Yesterday was the 74th birthday of the Empress of Japan.

As the Emperor and Empress always do on their birthdays, she released a birthday statement.
She said that she’s pleased by the healthy growth of her four grandchildren (ages 2, 6, 13 and 16…the three oldest are girls—which was cause for concern about the future heir to the throne…until Prince Hisahito was born in 2006).

The Empress made special mention of six-year old Princess Aiko starting 小学校 (Elementary School) this year.

She also said she hopes the lives of the survivors of last summer’s big earthquake in 岩手県 (Iwate, Japan) are back to normal soon.

And she offered congratulations to the Japanese who earned Nobel Prizes this year…and well as to the Japanese Olympic athletes who won medals in this year’s Olympics.

Also in the news, the last living survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic had to auction off her memorabilia so that she could pay her nursing home fees.

She was a newborn baby with her parents and older brother on the Titanic when it sunk. She and her mother and brother were rescued but her father died in the ship’s sinking.

She’s 96 years old now.


On Sunday, we went to a 健康祭 (Health Festival).

Here’s a video I took at the festival of some older people doing a traditional Japanese dance:

At the park that the festival was at, there were many バラ (roses) in bloom.

There were many ducks in the park’s pond. They must get fed by people often, because they kept rushing over to people.

Here’s a couple videos of them:

This was a very friendly cat that we saw near the park:

I like cats (and dogs too). But probably not as much as this man we saw:

On the way home, we stopped at this 八百屋 (Produce Store):

Next to the 八百屋 (Produce Store) was a small general store.

That’s a Japanese broom next to the door.

And here’s a close-up of a drink 自動販売機 (vending machine)…it sells Coca-Cola® hot and cold tea and coffee, as well as other drinks:

A とんぼ (dragonfly):

On the way home, we stopped by Daiso (you can see another post of mine in which I wrote a bit about Daiso here).

Here’s a short video I took inside Daiso:

10 Responses to “Empress Of Japan’s Birthday”

  1. tokyo5 October 23, 2008 at 11:23 pm #

    Yeah, they have good products at a very low price!


  2. umepontarou October 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm #

    Aaaaa! I think I’ve heard the name before!
    99 yen shop for food:)
    Hmmm I didn’t know that they are owned by Lawson though.

    I checked the website. Wow their products don’t look like they are just 99yen :=( They also sell the same onigiri as in Lawson?
    And they have their theme song too (^0^) 笑


  3. tokyo5 October 23, 2008 at 12:21 am #


    The ¥99 Shop is called “Shop 99“. (But most Japanese people call it 「きゅう・きゅう」 (“Kyu-kyu”)).
    It’s doesn’t sell the same stuff as Daiso. They sell food. Like a convenience store with everything for ¥99 (about US80¢). Actually, it’s owned by “Lawson“.

    And, the quality is excellent.

    Their website is here (日本語 (Japanese) only):


  4. tokyo5 October 23, 2008 at 12:14 am #

    Sir Pent….

    I haven’t heard that she was living so extravagantly!

    If that’s the case…then I agree, rather than auction off her possessions, she should live in a more affordable place!


  5. umepontarou October 22, 2008 at 10:50 pm #

    ¥99 Shops… no, I haven’t!
    What’s the name of the shop?? Do they sell similar things as Diso does??
    Is the quality ok or cheap??
    I’ve read your posts and I feel like you know Japan more than I do!


  6. Sir Pent October 22, 2008 at 8:13 pm #

    About the last Titanic survivor:
    Lots of talk about how she has to sell off her memorabilia to pay for her retirement home expenses.
    What they don’t focus on very much is that she’s living in an extremely posh, country estate retirement home with a private room. She’s literally paying thousands of dollars per week to stay there. The amount she is hoping to earn by selling the memorabilia will only pay for a couple of weeks at the place.

    Here’s an idea…live within your means.


  7. tokyo5 October 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm #

    There’s actually two Daiso near my house.

    Have you ever seen the ¥99 Shops in Japan?


  8. umepontarou October 21, 2008 at 10:40 pm #

    I agree… I’ve already made a list what to buy from Daiso 🙂


  9. tokyo5 October 21, 2008 at 9:58 pm #

    Yeah, the weather’s nice in Japan now.

    And…I think Daiso has everything! 😉


  10. umepontarou October 21, 2008 at 8:07 pm #

    Oh my gosh sooo many ducks :p
    At Biwa lake in Shiga there are many ducks too, in autumn – winter. I sometimes see baby ducks and they are so cute (>v<)
    Your video makes me feel homesick. I can see that it’s autumn in Japan by watching this とんぼ pic (^0^)
    Daiso… Is there anything they don’t have?? Huge product variety.


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