Emperor and Empress attend Japan Art Academy’s awards ceremony

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The Emperor and Empress view the award-winning works at the Japan Art Academy’s awards ceremony in Taito Ward, Tokyo, on Monday.

The Emperor and Empress attended the Japan Art Academy’s 78th awards ceremony at the Headquarters of the Japan Art Academy in Ueno, Tokyo, on Monday.

After the ceremony, calligrapher Goju Ushikubo, novelist Yasutaka Tsutsui, and gagaku player Nagao Okubo, who were all awarded the Imperial Prize as well as the Japan Art Academy Prize, explained their works to the Emperor and Empress.

The Emperor said to Ushikubo, “It must have been very difficult for you to produce a piece,” and the Empress said of work, “It’s wonderful and powerful.”