Enthronement of Emperor Naruhito of Japan

Emperor Naruhito of Japan is being Officially Enthroned as the 126th Emperor on the Chrysanthemum Throne in a series of Ceremonies and Banquets in Tokyo this week, with a multitude Royal Guests from around the world in attendance. Emperor Naruhito acceded to the Chrysanthemum Thone in May after the abdication of Emperor Akihito the previous day. Click HERE to take a look at our Open Post on the celebrations.

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On the morning of October 22nd, Emperor Naruhito performed a ritual reporting his ascension to the throne in front of the Kashiko-dokoro, in one of the Imperial Palace’s three sanctuaries, which houses the sun goddess Amaterasu, the legendary ancestor of the imperial line. Wearing traditional white sokutai robes, the Emperor bowed and read aloud a statement at the shrine, while Empress Masako, dressed in many-layered jūnihitoe robes, made obeisance, followed by other members of the imperial family, as well as Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and other representatives of the different branches of government in the garden in front of the shrine.

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In the afternoon, Emperor Naruhito, in full imperial robes, arrived in the Seiden-Matsu-no-Ma of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, to take his seat on the Takamikura Imperial Throne, followed by Empress Masako, also in full imperial robes, who ascended to the Michodai, the August Seat of the Empress, while the Sacred Objects, the sword, Kusanagi, and the jewel, Yasakani no Magatami, and State and Privy Seals were laid on a table. The Emperor read out a statement declaring his accession to the throne, followed by a speech by the Prime Minister and three cheers, followed by the Emperor and Empress’ exit, which marked the completion of the 30-minute ceremony. The Imperial Couple hosted a Banquet in the evening, HERE.

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Alongside members of the extended Imperial Family, Royal Guests and Dignitaries included:

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