Here we are rolling towards 60th Anniv. marking VJ day and do we hear anything about this visit from the media? I do not recall such. But wow. Emperor Akihito and his wife the Empress Michiko visited Saipan, part of the Marianas and where Gen. LeMay's B-29s took off from to carpet bomb Japan. This was the couple's first ever trip marking a battle.
I really like this picture as the Imperial couple is leaving. I think it says so much.