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Emperor Akihito speaks to Vancouver Winter Olympic figure skating silver medalist Mao Asada (4th from right) during a spring garden party at the Akasaka Imperial Garden in Tokyo on Thursday.

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obama could learn from mao-chan's bow...

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Could he join the Sunrise Party of Japan?

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obama could learn from mao-chan's bow...

Its not a bow. The Emperor just said that his shoes were more expensive then her kimono collection and she is just zooming in for a closer look thats all.

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Agree the bowing on either side was not that great, but the idea was there & a bit of a salute to said figure skater. If she wore a kimono I could not see it in this photo.

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what was bizarre was everyone who was interviewed said "I was so nervous I cannot remember anything that happened".

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classic ratpack, classic.

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haha bobbafett..that happened to me last weekend givn a speech at my buddies weddn..but i wasnt so nervous..alien abudction?? I think people are not allowed to look in the empr's face and that is why she is looking down when he was talking to her..that's not a bow

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You know what this means, don't you? Higher-paid sponsorships for Mao chan.

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Long live Their Majesties, the Emperor and the Empress of Japan.

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He looks such a happy and warm hearted old guy!

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I like this photo a lot, but wonder...is the Emperor really short?

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@Ranger Miffy: His Imperial Majesty the Emperor is 166cm in height - yet this is a full centimeter on his father, His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Showa (R.I.P.). May the Imperial institution itself likewise continue to grow in stature.

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They are out of touch and only needed for the pleasure of right wing nut jobs.

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