The unprecedented earthquake-tsunami disaster sage in Japan has had many facets to it; most of them tragic. One of the most poignant might be how it has inspired the notoriously secretive royal family in Japan to appear in public more. The Emperor of Japan, Akihito, and his wide, Empress Michiko, recently visited with people who evacuated from the worst-hit parts of Japan to a shelter in Tokyo.
Here are some photos from this unusual event.