Japan's emperor, empress mark diamond anniversary

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-04-10 14:32

Editor's note: Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on Wednesday, marking six decades of a marriage that helped modernize the monarchy.

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko enjoy viewing weeping cherry trees in full bloom at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden in Kyoto, Japan, March 27, 2019. [Photo/IC]

TOKYO - Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Wednesday just three weeks before he abdicates his throne.

The couple met at a 1957 tennis tournament remembered as a "love match." Akihito and Michiko Shoda married on April 10, 1959, making him Japan's first future emperor to wed a commoner and someone who was Catholic-educated. Both are among many changes he brought to Japan's 1,500-year-old monarchy.

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