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Construction of Halls for Key Imperial Ceremony Picking Up Pace

Construction of Halls for Key Imperial Ceremony Picking Up Pace

   Tokyo, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Imperial Household Agency is accelerating work to construct by the end of this month "Daijokyu," a set of halls for the key "Daijosai" thanksgiving ceremony to be performed by Emperor Naruhito about a month later.
   "Daijokyu-no-Gi," a centerpiece in the ceremony, is scheduled to take place from the evening of Nov. 14 to the small hours of the following day.
   Daijokyu will be built at the location of the now-dismantled Edo Castle's main building in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. The site takes up about 6,510 square meters.
   A total of 30 large and small halls, including "Yukiden" and "Sukiden," where the Emperor will perform major rites, and "Kairyuden," a facility to be used for final preparations for the ceremony, have been built. The construction work began in July.
   The East Gardens remain open to the public during the construction work, with visitors allowed to view progress and how the work is going.

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