Thursday, May 17, 2012

一日の画像 - Picture of the Day

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrive at London's Heathrow Airport for Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. It should be noted that the Emperor was present for Queen Elizabeth's coronation establishing many good years of friendship between the two monarchies. While it is common knowledge that English monarch is technically the head of the Church of England, most people outside of Japan are unaware that the Japanese Emperor is also the head of Shinto (The native religion religion of Japan). As to his specific duties in that role is not clear to the public particularly to people outside Japan, it is likely more symbolic in nature much like Queen Elizabeth's role as head of the CofE. In any case we at American Mishima love featuring the Heisei Emperor mostly because he is always cheerful in public. Yet during times of crisis his words are profund particularly during last years Tohoku disasters, his words to a wounded nation resonated far beyond the shores of Japan and we are most thankful for that. We at American Mishima wish for his continued reign and continued happiness in the rising sun.


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