Japanese emperor Naruhito arrives at Shrine to report & # 39; to gods & # 39; that he has completed the throne
The Japanese Emperor Naruhitu and Empress Masako today visited Ise Jingu, a Shinto shrine in central Japan to report to the gods that two important rites had been completed, which meant the official throne of Naruhitu.
The couple arrived separately, with Emperor Naruhito in the same horse and carriage as his father, the former Emperor Akihito 29 years before him.
Empress Masako arrived in a vehicle in the extensive temple complex because of her horse allergy.
The couple prayed in the outer shrine of Geku that is dedicated to the goddess of clothing, food and housing.
Japanese Emperor Naruhito (center) attends a ritual in the Ise Grand Shrine of Geku with Empress Masako (not shown), in Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan, November 22, 2019
The ritual ceremony marks the end of great rites after the emperor's throne
Naruhito climbed to the Chrysanthemum throne on 1 May 2019 after his father, emperor Emeritus Akihito, resigned on 30 April 2019. Naruhito was officially declared emperor of Japan on October 22, 2019.
Emperor Naruhitu was dressed in a traditional Korozen no goho, a burnt umber robe while the empress wore a court kimono.
The rites completed by the emperor since his ascent to the Chrysanthemum throne on May 1, include the announcement of his consolation to the international public, which he did in October during the ceremony & # 39; Sokuirei Seiden no gi & # 39; .
He also performed the & # 39; Daijosai & # 39; Great Thanksgiving rite and offered harvests to gods.
Tomorrow the couple will visit the shrine of the sun goddess, Amaterasu, presumably related to the imperial family, before returning to Toyko.
Next Tuesday, the couple plans to travel to Nara and Kyoto to visit emperor's mausoleums for three days.
Japanese Empress Masako (left) attends a ritual in the Ise Grand Shrine of Geku with Emperor Naruhito (not shown), in Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan, November 22, 2019
Tomorrow the couple will visit the shrine of the sun goddess, Amaterasu, an inner shrine
The Japanese Emperor Naruhito formally announced his ascension to the throne on October 22 in an age-old ceremony attended by dignitaries from more than 180 countries, promised to fulfill his duty as a symbol of the state.
Naruhito became emperor and his wife Masako became empress on May 1 in a short ceremony, but & # 39; Sokui no Rei & # 39; October was a more extensive ritual in the royal palace in which he officially announced his status change to the world.
& # 39; I swear that I will act according to the Constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the state and unity of the people, & # 39; said the 59-year-old, his voice somewhat hoarse, for about 2,000 guests, including the British prince Charles.
Naruhito was the first Japanese emperor born after the Second World War and entered the throne when his father, Akihito, became the first Japanese monarch to renounce in two centuries the worries that increasing age would make it difficult to perform official duties. . He is 85.
Empress Masako arrived separately in a vehicle with the emperor because of her allergy to horses
Emperor Naruhito arrived in the same carriage as his father, the former emperor Akihito 29 years before him
Japanese emperor Naruhito sits in a carriage on his way to the outer shrine of the Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture on November 22, 2019 to report the completion of important rites of his throne
A car with Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will drive in the direction of the Ise shrine in Ise, Japan on November 21, 2019. The couple arrived at the location the evening before the ceremony
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are seen on arrival at the Ise Shrine on November 21, 2019 in Ise, Mie, Japan
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are seen on arrival at Uji Yamada Station on the way to the Ise Shrine on November 21, 2019 in Ise, Mie, Japan
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako arrived yesterday from Uji Yamada station to the Ise shrine
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako wave at benefactors upon arrival at Uji Yamada Station on their way to the Ise shrine yesterday
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako wave at benefactors upon arrival at Uji Yamada Station on the way to the Ise Shrine on November 21, 2019 in Ise, Mie, Japan
The two are on board a train to the Ise-shrine from Tokyo, Japan
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako wave at benefactors upon arrival at Kintetsu Ujiyamada Station on November 21, 2019 in Ise, Mie, Japan
The couple arrives at the Kintetsu Ujiyamada station on their way to the Ise shrine, the emperors wear a completely cream-colored silk suit with hat, while the emperor wears a classic black suit
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are warmly welcomed on arrival at the Ise shrine on November 21, 2019 in Ise, Mie, Japan
From Oxford to the Japanese Imperial Palace: how Naruhito was cared for to govern – even while his wife struggled to belong
The new Japanese emperor Naruhito starts his government with the delicate task of balancing modernity with the traditions of & # 39; the world's oldest monarchy, including protecting his family against the rigid rules of the palace.
The 59-year-old was critical of the sometimes stifling lifestyle imposed on royals after it was revealed that woman Masako was being treated for their entire marriage for an & # 39; adjustment disorder & # 39 ;.
Naruhito, born on February 23, 1960, was the first Japanese prince to grow up under the same roof as his parents and brothers and sisters – royal children were previously raised by nanny girls and teachers.
He studied two years at Oxford University in the 1980s after graduating with a history in Japan, and allegedly decorated his home with a poster of American actress Brooke Shields.
In Britain, he was able to throw off some of the limitations of royal life in Japan, mixed with other students and the British royal family, and he has been delighted to talk about that period.
In 1993 he married Masako Owada, who became empress when Naruhito took over the Chrysanthemum throne.
The daughter of a diplomatic family and educated in Harvard and Oxford, Masako left behind a promising diplomatic career to marry into the royal family.
Naruhito promised to protect her at any cost & # 39; when she made the switch, and Masako explained that she had sacrificed her career to make myself useful on this new path & # 39 ;.
She also came under enormous pressure to give birth to a son because the imperial succession of Japan excludes women. This investigation only increased after she gave birth to Princess Aiko in 2001 – the only child of the couple.
In 2004, Naruhito accused palace guards of stifling the personality of his wife in unprecedented public remarks.
Naruhito apologized later, but he called for & # 39; new royal duties & # 39; that fit with modern times.
The pressure on Masako eased somewhat when her sister-in-law gave birth to a son in 2006, the now 13-year-old Prince Hisahito.
She seemed confident during Naruhito's throne in May and at ease when the royal couple welcomed US President Donald Trump as the first foreign leader to greet the new emperor.
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