You will NEVER guess the watch that Emperor Hirohito was buried with...
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When Hirohito died in 1989, he was buried with his most treasured possessions. This included his Mickey Mouse watch along with a microscope he used for marine biology – the subject he harboured a lifelong passion for. So, while you might long for that discontinued blue dial Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711, remember how much pure emotion can be stored within even a simple quartz watch case. It might even have a cartoon mouse on the dial.
Disney Avenue: Rare Footage of Japan’s Emperor Hirohito Visiting Disneyland (1975)
Emperor Hirohito came to power in 1926, revered by millions of Japanese as a demi-god. He presided over a war in which a generation of young men marched off hoping for the honor of being slaughtered in his name. In 1945, he was demoted to a mortal being, his property was confiscated and he narrowly escaped prosecution as a war criminal. In the following years after WWII, it was decided the imperial couple should become good-will ambassadors and they traveled abroad, where Hirohito voiced regret for the war. They visited Europe in 1971 and the United States in 1975. The latter included a trip to America’s West Coast shrine known as Disneyland.