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Donning elaborate robes, Japan's new imperial couple hold Shinto rite

Updated : 2019-05-08 14:06:08

Japan's new Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako donned traditional robes on Wednesday for rituals in which he reported to Shinto gods the date of two important ceremonies later this year, including his enthronement. The 59-year-old emperor inherited the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, a day after the abdication of his father, Akihito, the first monarch to abdicate in two centuries.

Japan's new Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako donned traditional robes on Wednesday for rituals in which he reported to Shinto gods the date of two important ceremonies later this year, including his enthronement. (Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters)
Japan's new Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako donned traditional robes on Wednesday for rituals in which he reported to Shinto gods the date of two important ceremonies later this year, including his enthronement. (Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters)
Naruhito wore a brown robe and tall black hat during the ritual held at the Imperial Palace, while Masako wore a light green and vermillion gown with long sleeves. (Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters)
Naruhito wore a brown robe and tall black hat during the ritual held at the Imperial Palace, while Masako wore a light green and vermillion gown with long sleeves. (Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters)
The 59-year-old emperor inherited the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, a day after the abdication of his father, Akihito, the first monarch to abdicate in two centuries. (Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters)
The 59-year-old emperor inherited the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, a day after the abdication of his father, Akihito, the first monarch to abdicate in two centuries. (Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters)
Naruhito's enthronement will take place in an elaborate ceremony on October 22, to which hundreds of foreign dignitaries will be invited. He will step into an elevated pavilion called the
Naruhito's enthronement will take place in an elaborate ceremony on October 22, to which hundreds of foreign dignitaries will be invited. He will step into an elevated pavilion called the "Takamikura" and proclaim his succession to the world. (Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters)
It will be followed by the Great Thanksgiving Ceremony on November 14-15 when Naruhito will offer newly harvested rice and sake to imperial ancestors and deities, and partake of them himself as he prays for a good harvest and national peace. (Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters)
It will be followed by the Great Thanksgiving Ceremony on November 14-15 when Naruhito will offer newly harvested rice and sake to imperial ancestors and deities, and partake of them himself as he prays for a good harvest and national peace. (Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters)
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