Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu!
(Happy New Year!) The Year Of The Dog. This is a photo of the Japanese Imperial Family, on New Year’s Day in 1973, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Seated in chairs are former Emperor Hirohito, and former Empress Nagako. Around the piano, from the right are now Emperor Akihito, his wife, now Empress Michiko, Prince Naruhito (soon to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne upon the formal abdication of his Father in 2019,) and Princess Nori playing the piano. I believe, but am not sure, that the young man seated on the floor beside Empress Nagako is Prince Akishino, younger brother of Prince Naruhito, and now second in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne. Again, Happy New Year!