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(Update) Japan Emperor Reports Enthronement at Mausoleums of Past Emperors

(Update) Japan Emperor Reports Enthronement at Mausoleums of Past Emperors

   Kashihara/Kyoto, Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Emperor Naruhito on Wednesday visited the mausoleums of Emperor Jinmu, believed to be the country's mythical first Emperor, and Emperor Komei for the "Shinetsu-no-Gi" ceremony to report the completion of a series of "Sokui-no-Rei" enthronement-related events and the "Daijosai" thanksgiving ritual.
   At the mausoleum of Emperor Jinmu, located in the city of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, western Japan, Emperor Naruhito, wearing a morning suit and carrying a silk hat, made a "tamagushi" Shinto ritual offering at the altar and performed a prayer around 10:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. GMT).
   Empress Masako, accompanying her husband to the mausoleum, also offered a prayer, around 10:50 a.m.
   In the afternoon, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako went to the mausoleum of Emperor Komei, who was on the throne in the mid-19th century, in the western city of Kyoto. Emperor Naruhito first offered a tamagushi and a prayer, and Empress Masako then did the same.
   Following his accession to the throne on May 1, Emperor Naruhito attended the "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi" ceremony on Oct. 22 to proclaim his enthronement both at home and abroad, and performed Daijosai Nov. 14-15.

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