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MasquedCount 01-07-2011 08:47 AM

Japanese Imperial Protocol. Meeting, etc.
It has been said that the Japanese Imperial court had complex protocol to rival that of the European courts or even former French monarchy, and that court ceremony took up a lot of time. What today stands of protocol? Are there any English language resources or books on both ancient and current Japanese Imperial protocol? The ones I have found are sparse in detail. Does protocol differ greatly from ancient times?

Some general questions...

What happens when people of various rank meet the Emperor or member of Imperial Family?

How does the Emperor & Empress as well as Imperial Family behave at social events such as balls. Do they even attend or host them?

Is it still considered impolite to look into the face of the Emperor directly?

Are there any grand processions as in Europe?

How do members of the Imperial Household offices behave toward the Emperor?

What are the various ceremonies that were supposed to have taken up so much time of the earlier Imperial Court, and have any carried over to today?

Kasumi 01-07-2011 09:14 AM

Have you googled your questions already?:smile:

Tatiana Maria 11-25-2017 11:04 AM

LDP exec: Don't let same-sex partners attend imperial parties:The Asahi Shimbun


An executive of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said partners of state guests in same-sex relationships should be denied entry to banquets hosted by the emperor and empress at the Imperial Palace.


Takeshita mentioned the banquet in 2013 hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace. Then-French President Francois Hollande and his female partner attended the party.

“The Imperial Household Agency was stumped about what to do about Hollande’s partner, who was not his wife and would be seated along with Japan’s imperial couple,” Takeshita said.

Prisma 11-25-2017 11:48 PM

Takeshita is backtracking sort of…

LDP at odds on same-sex partners of state guests attending banquets - The Mainichi


Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Seiko Noda stopped short of outright criticizing the remark by LDP General Council Chairman Wataru Takeshita, she said that as "someone who values diversity, I want Japan to be somewhere where any sort of person can live freely."

[…] he expressed regret over the remark on Friday afternoon.

"I shouldn't have said that," he told reporters after a party event in Shimane Prefecture, western Japan, saying members of his family have been telling him off for the comment.

But he still tried to justify his remark.

"There are people close to me who have same-sex partners themselves, but I just wondered, when we're thinking of the imperial family, how (that fits with) the mentality of the Japanese people," Takeshita said.


The secretary general of the LDP's junior coalition partner Komeito also appeared to disagree with Takeshita on Friday.

"We're inviting them as state guests, so it's something that should be decided based on the thinking of their countries," Yoshihisa Inoue said at a press conference.


Prisma 12-07-2017 08:01 PM

A blast from the past as historic route for new envoys is revived: The Asahi Shimbun

The completion of a major face-lift of the square in front of JR Tokyo Station heralds the return of pomp and pageantry to this historic area of the capital.

The Gyoko-dori avenue leading away from the famed red-brick station building on the Marunouchi side has traditionally served as the route for incoming foreign ambassadors making their way to the Imperial Palace to present their credentials to the emperor.


A dress rehearsal was held Dec. 1 along the broad avenue lined with yellow-hued gingko trees.

The Imperial Household Agency arranges either cars or coaches and horses for the dignitaries for the occasion, but most opt for the latter.

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