Today His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Japan celebrated his 76th birthday. Born in 1933 he has lived through probably the most drastic and far-reaching changes in the long, ancient history of Japan. Coming to the throne when he did the job has certainly been an especially difficult one but he has managed it for all of these years with great dedication, regal bearing and a friendly but familial style. The Mad Monarchist wishes His Imperial Majesty a happy birthday and hopes of many, many more to come. Banzai! Banzai! Banzai!