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Old 07-03-2017, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Prisma View Post
On June 24th, Sayako Kuroda visited her parents after her appointment as chief priestess of Ise Shrine. She will represent the Emperor at festivals in February, June, October, November, and December. According to the IHA, Sayako is also conducting work as a visiting researcher at the Yamashinai Institute for Avian Studies and an outpatient researcher at the Tamagawa University Educational Museum.

Source: pages 1-2 of Sankei Imperial Weekly #493
Did the comment that she would "represent the Emperor at festivals" emanate from Sankei, or the IHA? Would it not be an infringement of the separation of religion and state guaranteed by the Japanese constitution?

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Old 07-04-2017, 05:36 PM
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Either Ise Shine or Sankei made the comment. Google translation:
According to the Jingu Ji administration, in the Ise Jingu shrine wearing the Amaterasu Ogami of the Imperial God, the royal family or the former royal family served as successive priests. [Sayako] prays for his Majesty in February 's Prayer Festival, the monthly festival in June and December, the God Festival in October and the November' s New Festival, praying for grain richness and the peace of the people It is said to be.
Mainichi's English report on her appointment refer to Sayako as the emperor’s representative:
Kuroda will visit the shrine as the emperor's representative for festive events including Kanname-sai, held annually in October, in which crops are offered to sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, the ancestral deity of the imperial family.
According to the constitution, the Emperor is the symbol of "the State and unity of the People" and although he performs duties similar to Head of State, he doesn't actually have the Head of State title. He and the Imperial family already perform Shinto rituals at the Imperial Palace and his elder sisters were his representatives at Ise Shine for decades so infringement doesn't seem to be a concern.

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Thanks! Given that the emperor's Shinto rituals are not considered part of his official duties, I suppose the same rule applies to the festivals.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:47 PM
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I am delighted to see some news about her, a very likeable person IMO !

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