Emperor Akihito through the years
Japan's Crown Prince Akihito is formally invested as crown prince during a ceremony at the Imperial Palace in more
Crown Prince Akihito goes to his Gakushuin school in Tokyo, December 1945. Kyodo/via REUTERS
Crown Prince Akihito, flanked by Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako, waves to well-wishers from the balcony omore
Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko smile during their wedding parade in Tokyo, April 10, 1959. Kymore
Well-wishers gather at the Imperial Palace as they celebrate and watch the wedding parade by Crown Prince Akihmore
Crown Prince Akihito talks with Michiko Shoda as they enjoy tennis at Tokyo Lawn Tennis Club in Tokyo, Decembemore
Crown Prince Akihito arrives at Waterloo station for attending the coronation ceremony of Britain's Queen Elizmore
Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko mourn the victims of the Battle of Okinawa at Himeyuri Peace Mmore
The coffin of Emperor Hirohito, father of Crown Prince Akihito, is carried during his funeral ceremony in Tokymore
Emperor Akihito pledges to observe the Constitution of Japan during the ceremonies marking his accession to Jamore
Emperor Akihito is seen walking ahead of priests prior to ceremonies marking his accession to Japan's Chrysantmore
Britain's Princess Diana (L) kneels as she is received by Emperor Akihito of Japan and Empress Michiko, in tramore
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) chats with Japanese Emperor Akihito before entering the State Banquet Hall atmore
Emperor Akihito of Japan inspects the Guard of Honour of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards with Britain's Dumore
U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon arrival at the Imperial Palmore
Empress Michiko tries to get a bee out of the hair of Emperor Akihito during a tour at the Institute of Ocean more
Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attend an autumn garden partmore
Emperor Akihito (R) and Empress Michiko bow in silent prayer at Banzai Cliff, or Puntan Sabaneta, to pay tribumore
Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko (2nd L) talk with evacuees from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, amore
Emperor Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, gazes at the wreck left of buildings after an earthquake two more
Emperor Akihito, flanked by Empress Michiko, looks at names of American soldiers who died in the Okinawa battlmore
Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers gathered to celebrate his 81st birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo more
Emperor Akihito (2nd L) appears with Empress Michiko (R), Crown Prince Naruhito (L) and Crown Princess Masako more
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko stroll on a beach near their imperial villa in Hayama town, south of Tokyomore
Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers during a public appearance for New Year celebrations at the Imperial Palmore
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