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Emperor Naruhito thanks the public for celebrations of his enthronement

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito has thanked the public for celebrating his enthronement which took place last month. A national festival took place yesterday in Tokyo’s Imperial Palace Plaza with all-male idol group Arashi performing with blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke at the event, as did actor Matsumoto Hakuo and actress Mana Ashida. Their Imperial…
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Prime Minister Abe hosts the royals in Japan as enthronement events come to an end

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has hosted the royals in Japan for another banquet and drinks as the events surrounding Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement comes to an end. Embed from Getty Images Unlike the banquet hosted by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, this banquet was not a tiara affair. The Prime Minister and his wife, Akie hosted the event in Tokyo’s Hotel New…
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Enthronement Ceremony for Emperor Naruhito takes place

The Enthronement Ceremony for Emperor Naruhito of Japan, 59, has taken place in Tokyo. The 30-minute ceremony took place in the most prestigious place in the Imperial Palace – Matsu no ma (or State Room) and saw the Emperor proclaim his enthronement to the world, promised to uphold the constitution, and pledged his life to Japan from the famous throne after a gong sounded and the curtain…
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Empress Masako praised by Harvard expert

Empress Masako of Japan has been praised by an expert and emeritus professor of her alma mater, Harvard University in Boston. Ezra Vogel, who is a personal friend of Masako’s family and an expert on Japan and China in the US, said the Empress will be vital for Japan…
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Ritual enthronement ceremonies begin in rainy Tokyo

Even though it is a very rainy day in Tokyo, Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement activities continue despite the weather. This morning, the Emperor and his wife, Empress Masako visited one of the three imperial sanctuaries where Naruhito reported his enthronement to…
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A look at the events surrounding Japan’s Enthronement Ceremony

With Emperor Naurhito’s Enthronement Ceremony set to take place tomorrow, we are looking at the events that will be taking place. At 1.00 pm Japanese time, the 30-minute Enthronement Ceremony will take place in the most prestigious place in the Imperial Palace – Matsu no ma. Two of the Three Sacred Treasures (Kusanagi sword and Yasakani no Magatama jewel) will sit beside Emperor…
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