Funeral of Emperor Hirohito of Japan, 1989


Funeral of Emperor Hirohito of Japan on this day in 1989, which started with a private Ceremony of Farewell at the Imperial Palace, followed by a Funeral procession through Tokyo, Ceremonies at Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, a Palanquin procession, a religious Sojoden no Gi ceremony and the state Taiso no Rei ceremony, and concluded with a Ceremony at the Musashi Imperial Graveyard. Emperor Hirohito was the longest-reigning Japanese Emperor and one of the last surviving major leaders from the Second World War. Royal Attendees included the entire extended Japanese Imperial Family, King Juan Carlos of Spain, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, King Baudouin of Belgium, King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV of Tonga, King Hussein of Jordan, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, the King of Malaysia, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Bhutan, Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, Prince Henrik of Denmark, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Crown Prince Harald of Norway, and the Crown Prince of Thailand among a host of dignitaries.

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