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Old 11-10-2019, 06:13 AM
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Thank you again! From viewing the footage of the couple's wedding parade followed by the enthronement parade, the visual evocativeness was striking. I wonder if Their Majesties experienced feelings of deja vu...

The sustained roaring cheers were amazing to hear.

Is it tradition for only the Emperor and Crown Prince and their wives to take part in the parade, or was the number of participating royals reduced?


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Eh... thinking about the investiture of King Willem-Alexander it were three sunny, joyous and vibrant April days. Thinking about the investiture of King Felipe: it was remarkably joyous, with only the Oath ceremony itself in utmost formality. Even in lukewarm Belgium there was a festive feeling around the investiture of King Philippe. If there were tradition-conscious and serious enthronement ceremonies then it was exactly in Japan,

Isn't that what I said? That in comparison to the tradition-conscious and minimalistic enthronement ceremonies last month, yesterday's enthronement festival seems to have been an electrifying, vibrant, public celebration of modern Japan (just see the stunning images/video in the posts from yesterday).

Even today's parade seems to have been on the lively side.


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where the Emperor even had to "mate" with the Goddess Ameratsu.
For what it's worth, the IHA has denied the widespread rumor about "mating with Amaterasu" (stated in one of the articles posted earlier).
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Old 11-11-2019, 03:10 AM
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Parade photos: Mainichi, Asahi, Getty Images

https://twitter.com/cn_hiroshi/statu...16600742846464
https://twitter.com/mainichiphoto/st...50734139797504
https://www.instagram.com/p/B4rpCeiFc8e/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B4rtl_slUkP/
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Thank you again! From viewing the footage of the couple's wedding parade followed by the enthronement parade, the visual evocativeness was striking. I wonder if Their Majesties experienced feelings of deja vu...

The sustained roaring cheers were amazing to hear.

Is it tradition for only the Emperor and Crown Prince and their wives to take part in the parade, or was the number of participating royals reduced?

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You're welcome! Yes, I think it's tradition that only the Crown Prince (and Crown Princess) accompany the Emperor and Empress for the parade.

While I haven't found a clear photo of Crown Prince Naruhito at Emperor Akihito's enthronement motorcade, there are photos of him with the Imperial couple before the parade.
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At 43:20, you can see CP Naruhito walking behind his parents (presumably to his vehicle)

TBS combined 1990 and 2019 parades
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:56 AM
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Endless ‘banzai’ at emperor event stirs memories of wartime Japan:The Asahi Shimbun
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The evening before Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement parade, the square in front of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo resounded with fervent chants of "banzai" that seemed to last an eternity.

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In closing, Bunmei Ibuki, former speaker of the Lower House and chairman of the Celebration Committee of the His Majesty the Emperor’s Accession to the Throne, took to the stage with other political leaders and shouted, "Here's to world peace." He then followed up with the chant, "Tenno Heika Banzai" (Long Live His Majesty!).

[...]

The imperial pair left the venue shortly after, but the banzai chant continued at least 48 times.

As the excitement unfolded outside the palace, viewers taking in the event on TV started chiming in on social media, with one posting, "This endless banzai is frightening."

“Can’t they stop it already?” another added.

[...]

Supporters of the chant saw it otherwise, however, with one saying, "What's wrong with expression of worship and congratulations (to the imperial couple)?"

Another wrote, "It gave me a sense of unity."

[...]

Before the imperial couple appeared in front of the well-wishers, a fictional "origin story" for the imperial lineage was told.

The presentation included an explanation that more than 2,600 years have passed since the "enthronement" of the nation's first emperor, Jimmu, whose existence is uncertain.

The organizer also introduced a myth about the creation of Japan from the eighth century "Kojiki" (Records of Ancient Matters).

The event was organized by several groups, including Ibuki's committee comprising Diet members, and business and private-sector groups such as Keidanren (Japan Business Federation).

Conservative political group Japan Conference, which is seeking to revise the Constitution, also played a role in the planning.

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"Banzai," which translates literally as "10,000 years," is occasionally used in celebratory occasions.

However, its use as an expression of reverence to the emperor dates to 1889, on the day the Constitution of the Empire of Japan, also known as the Meiji Constitution, was promulgated.

According to a memoir by Reijiro Wakatsuki (1866-1949), who twice served as prime minister in the early 20th century, no phrases existed to hail the emperor until that time, with people simply bowing in a gracious manner.

Some university professors and others were not satisfied with that and came up with the banzai chant.

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Hideya Kawanishi, an associate professor of Japanese history at Nagoya University Graduate School of Humanities, suggested that an extended banzai chant is "a reflection of an appetite among conservatives to boost the emperor's authority, like in the prewar era."

By featuring pop idols and other artists, they carefully set up the event to draw in young people and others who might otherwise not be interested in imperial family-related matters, Kawanishi added.

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On November 11th, Emperor Naruhito visited the Imperial Palace for another Daijosai rehearsal.

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On November 12th, more products were delivered to the Imperial Household Agency for the Daijosai ceremony. Each of Japan's 47 prefectures delivered 3-5 items such as fruits, vegetables, seafood, etc.

Getty Images


Also on November 12th, the Imperial family and IHA officials attended a purification ceremony at the Imperial Palace ahead of the Daijosai.

On November 13th, the IHA allowed media to see the Daijosai complex.

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Old 11-13-2019, 09:04 AM
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Yes, the extended "Banzai!" repetitions did get a little unsettling, and I'm actually a little relieved that others clearly were put off by it. The comment by Kawanishi Hideya is revealing, and also cause for concern. I have lots of thoughts about all of this, and how it is playing out.
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:54 AM
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Banzai indeed... And so many times is IMO a clear political demonstration, rather than enthusiasm.
To quote Pink Floyd: The lunatics are on the grass.

Unfortunately not only in Japan.
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Old 11-14-2019, 02:26 AM
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Q&A: Emperor Naruhito's Daijosai key imperial succession ritual - Kyodo News
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[...] Q: How will the emperor conduct the main rite?

A: The emperor will sit in the direction of Ise Jingu, a shrine in Mie Prefecture that is said to enshrine the Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu, the mythical ancestress of the imperial family. He will offer newly harvested rice and grain to imperial ancestors and deities of heaven and earth. The emperor will also partake of the grain, and pray for peace and abundant harvests for the country and its people. The main part of the ritual will not be disclosed to the public.

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Q: What happens to the offerings afterward?

A: In the past, the offerings were buried underground after the ceremony. The Imperial Household Agency said it has decided this time that the food offerings will be consumed. [...]
Emperor Naruhito's sister Sayako Kuroda at Ise Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture on November 12:

https://twitter.com/sakura_chan0125/...37543798738944

As Supreme Priestess, Sayako attended ceremonies on November 14 to report the Daijosai will take place that day and to make offerings at Ise Grand Shrine.

Photos: https://iseshima.keizai.biz/photoflash/10249/
https://iseshima.keizai.biz/headline/3342/
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Old 11-15-2019, 02:33 AM
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Daijosai ceremony was held November 14-15. Besides the Emperor and Empress, 9 members of the Imperial family attended the ritual with Crown Prince Akishino being the only other royal male. [Asahi]

Photos: Getty Images, Asahi, Mainichi, Sankei, Sankei2

IN PHOTOS: Daijosai rite by Japanese Emperor Naruhito - Kyodo News

The ritual finished around 3:15am. Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako left the Imperial Palace about an hour later.
Photos: Asahi

Japanese emperor performs overnight Shinto ceremony to mark succession - Kyodo News with diagrams
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Guided by ceremonial officials bearing small torches, the 59-year-old emperor clad in a white robe, entered the Yuki Hall, part of the gigantic Daijokyu complex specially constructed on the Imperial Palace grounds for the ceremony through early Friday.

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Although the main part of the ceremony was not disclosed, a total of 510 people, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, lawmakers, prefectural governors and other representatives, observed the first part of the rite nearby. Empress Masako, dressed in a white layered court kimono, also paid tribute at another hall in the compound.

Scholars have said the emperor, with the help of two maidservants, places food offerings including rice, salmon, abalone and chestnut on over 30 oak leaves more than 500 times before reading out a message to the ancestral gods and deities, thanking them for a peaceful and abundant harvest and wishing the same for the country.

The emperor repeated the ritual early Friday in the adjacent Suki Hall [...]





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Old 11-16-2019, 04:23 AM
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The 1st Daikyo-no-gi, banquet after the Daijosai, was held on November 16th for some 290 guests at the Imperial Palace's Houmei-Den.

Photos: Mainichi, Sankei, Asahi

The large wall hanging behind the Imperial couple's seats was used for Taisho, Showa, and Heisei era ceremonies.
https://www.asahicom.jp/articles/ima...04268_comm.jpg
https://cdn.mainichi.jp/vol1/2019/11...0007000q/9.jpg

Before the Imperial couple's seats, two silver figurines depicted the regions where rice for the Daijosai was grown: Tochigi Prefecture for "Yuki" (east) and Kyoto Prefecture for "Suki" (west)

The figurine with and without the paulownia and pine ornaments called 挿華 "kazashi" (flower decoration for a crown):
https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...1160024-p4.jpg
https://cdn.mainichi.jp/vol1/2019/11...0010000q/9.jpg
https://cdn.mainichi.jp/vol1/2019/11...0012000q/9.jpg
https://cdn.mainichi.jp/vol1/2019/11...0013000q/9.jpg

Guests received a silver flower ornament as a souvenir:
https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...1160024-p3.jpg

Food at the Daikyo-no-gi banquet:
https://www.sankei.com/images/news/1...1160024-p5.jpg


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Old 11-16-2019, 05:15 AM
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I can admire such craftsmanship for hours!

Just as I find it a delight just to watch someone who is really good at their work.
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Old 11-16-2019, 10:05 AM
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That you for posting such excellent links, Prisma. The Kyodo News links were especially helpful and informative.

The Daijosai was beautiful and impressive, but must have been grueling to take part in. It appears as though everything went as it was supposed to, however, which is all one can wish for when it comes to these kinds of ceremonies.

CP Kiko's head dress was different than what she wore for the enthronement ceremony. Do you have any information as to the significance of the long, white silk(?) cords that are attached to the center of her wig?

The 1st Daikyo-no-gi was also very interesting, and as always, the food looked wonderful and the little silver ornaments that were given as mementos are exquisite. Perhaps I missed it an explanation in English, but a blue silk screen was shown in several of the photos, and looked quite a bit more modern than the wall hanging behind the Emperor and Empress's seats. What was its significance?
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Old 11-16-2019, 02:49 PM
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You're welcome, Ista!

I'm still looking for information about the silk cords and different headpiece the princesses and attendants wore at the Daijosai. The Saiō-Dai at Kyoto's Aoi Festival wore a similar headdress.

Japanese NHK reports the folding screens depicted the 4 seasons in Tochigi and Kyoto Prefectures.

Banquet related to Daijosai at Imperial Palace | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News
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The Imperial couple then sipped rice wine made from rice grown in two paddies in Tochigi and Kyoto Prefectures along with the attendees and the two men who own the paddies. Rice harvested from the paddies and other dishes were also served.

Members of the Imperial Household Agency's music department performed traditional Japanese songs and dance, and also a dance specially created in honor of Tochigi and Kyoto prefectures.
I'm a little surprised Crown Prince Akishino was by himself. The branches were mixed at other ceremonies.

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Old 11-18-2019, 04:30 AM
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On November 18th, the Imperial family attended the 2nd Daikyo-no-gi, banquet after the Daijosai, at the Imperial Palace's Houmei-Den (State Banquet Hall).

The 280+ guests included governors and representatives from various fields such as Japan Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita and Professor Shinya Yamanaka, Director of iPS Cell Research Institute at Kyoto University.

Asahi gallery

Emperor Naruhito addressing the guests:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EJpAr7pUcAIzWf8.jpg

Empress Masako:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EJpAr7pU8AA6bi5.png

Imperial princesses:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EJo-XE1UcAIjevZ.jpg

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5AZA03l4iP/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5AYfz4l8H9/

Galleries for both banquets: AP Images, Getty Images


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Old 12-27-2019, 06:16 PM
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On December 27th, Grand Steward Yasuhiko Nishimura added Emperor Akihito's abdication and Emperor Naruhito's succession to the Imperial Family Registry (kōtōfu).

There are 2 types of records within the kōtōfu: "Grand Record" for an emperor's history (birth, marriage, etc.) and an "Imperial Record" for other royals.

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