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(Update 3) Emperor Performs Daijosai Ceremony at Imperial Palace

(Update 3) Emperor Performs Daijosai Ceremony at Imperial Palace

   Tokyo, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)--"Daijokyu-no-Gi," the centerpiece of the "Daijosai" grand thanksgiving ceremony related to the enthronement of Japanese Emperor Naruhito, took place in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo from Thursday evening through early Friday.
   Emperor Naruhito, who assumed the throne on May 1, offered newly harvested grain to the gods to pray for bountiful crops and peace in the country in the "Daijokyu," a set of nearly 40 buildings built for the ceremony in some 90 square meters of land.
   Daijosai, a Shinto-linked ceremony held only once in an Emperor's reign, is regarded as the most important enthronement-related ceremony he performs.
   After cleansing himself at the "Kairyuden" building in the Daijokyu, Emperor Naruhito, clad in the "Gosaifuku" ritual costume made of white silk, entered the "Yukiden" hall at around 6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. GMT) to start the "Yukiden-Kyosen-no-Gi" rite.
   In the rite, the Emperor gave offerings of rice from the eastern prefecture of Tochigi harvested this year, as well as millet, sake and marine products, to Imperial ancestors and the gods.

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