Emperor Akihito was born on December 23, 1933 and is now 78. His father, the Showa Emperor, had his birthday on 29 April and this day remains a public holiday and was renamed first Greenery Day and is now Showa Day, one of the holidays during the Golden Week period. Greenery Day is now on May 4.
On this day, the Emperor's Birthday, the Emperor, accompanied by his wife the Empress Michiko and other members of the Imperial family will wave to crowds of well-wishers waving small Japanese flags. Only on this day and January 2 are the public granted access to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
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