Conductor Seiji Ozawa applauded by Japan’s Emperor and Empress

The Japanese Emperor and Empress have applauded a performance of conductor Seiji Ozawa at a concert in Matsumoto City, central Japan.

The imperial couple enjoyed the performance of Maruice Ravel’s opera “The Child and the Magic Spells” conducted by Ozawa at the annual Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto on Friday evening.

This marks Ozawa’s full return to musical activities. It was his first appearance on the stage since January last year.

Japan’s Empress Michiko turns 77, says age is just slowing her down

Japan’s Empress Michiko, turning 77, says staying healthy is an uphill battle.As Japans empress marked her birthday Thursday, she acknowledged that age has made it more difficult for her and Emperor Akihito, who is also 77, to carry out their official duties.

The popular imperial couple did not travel abroad this year, although they actively reached out to survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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