The new emperor Naruhito of Japan is seated in an age-old ceremony
The Japanese emperor Naruhito formally declared Tuesday his ascendancy on the throne 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; Tuesday 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.
Japanese emperor Naruhito Tuesday formally ascended to the throne during an age-old ceremony in the pine room in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Naruhito read a short speech in which he confirmed his throne in which he vowed to uphold the Japanese constitution, fulfill his role as a symbol of the state and unite the 127 million people of the country
During the ceremony, his wife, Empress Masako, stood next to the new Emperor, who rarely participates in royal ceremonies amid concerns about her health.
Emperor Naruhito (left) stands inside the ornate Takamikura throne room and Empress Masako (right) stands inside the smaller Michodai during the ceremony
The British prince Charles arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo amid heavy rainfall caused by the typhoon Hagibis, who caused a large parade that would delay the ascension to next month
The British prince Charles chats with the Danish crown princess Mary and crown prince Frederik while attending the throne ceremony where the Japanese emperor Naruhito officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum throne
Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf (first row left) and his daughter crown princess Victoria (first row second left), Cambodia king Norodom Sihamoni (second row left), Bhutan & # 39; s king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (second row fourth from left) and Queen Jetsun Pema (second row third from the left) attending the coronation ceremony
Belgian King Philippe (center right) and Queen Mathilde (center left) attended the throne ceremony where the Japanese emperor Naruhito officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum throne
Prince Charles stands next to Crown Princess Maria of Denmark (left) while the ceremony is taking place, while Queen Letizia of Spain and her husband King Felipe VI (right) also look at
The Japanese crown prince Akishino (right), the brother of Naruhito and his wife crown princess Kiko (second right) arrive with their family members for the ceremony on Tuesday
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised to do everything possible to create a peaceful, bright future for Japan & # 39; on behalf of the government while attending the ceremony
Shinzo Abe raises his hands above his head while he & # 39; banzai & # 39; calls, which literally translates as & # 39; 10, 000 years of life & # 39; but something means that looks like & # 39; long live the emperor & # 39;
Courtesans and officials raise their arms with songs from & # 39; banzai & # 39; during a ceremony in the Room of Pine in Tokyo Imperial Palace to mark Naruhito's official ascension to the throne
The challenges for the new emperor and empress of Japan
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 ;.
He must also navigate the world of politics, after using his first speech to warn of the need to correct World War II & # 39; recalling Japanese militarism, in what many saw as a criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nationalist agenda.
Naruhito has promised in the past to protect (Masako) at all costs & # 39; when she switched from a diplomat's daughter to a royal girl, explaining that she had left her career to make myself useful on this new path & # 39 ;.
But she struggled to adapt to the secret royal life, interrupted only by incidental and highly choreographed public appearances.
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.
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.
Naruhito and Masako are expected to play the role of chiefs, made by the previous emperor and empress, who won public support for meeting victims of natural disasters.
The royal couple have their & # 39; heartache & # 39; about the typhoon Hagibis, who killed dozens of people.
& # 39; I sincerely hope that Japan will develop further and contribute to the friendship and peace of the international community, and to the well-being and prosperity of people through the wisdom and unceasing efforts of the people. & # 39;
Naruhito, the first Japanese emperor born after the Second World War, came to 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. feed.
The long-planned festivals, for which Japan has declared a national holiday, were tempered by Typhoon Hagibis, who killed at least 82 people when it tore through Japan 10 days ago and rained early Tuesday.
A public parade was postponed until next month to allow the government to focus its attention on typhoon clearing, while Tuesday's bad weather forced the palace to take back the number of courtiers in old robes who participated in the courtyard ceremony, although the sky cleared when it started.
At the sound of a gong in the Matsu-no-Ma, or Hall of Pine, the most prestigious room in the palace, two courtiers bowed deeply and pulled purple curtains back onto the & # 39; Takamikura & # 39; – a 6.5 meter (21 feet) high pavilion that weighs around 8 tons.
Naruhito was revealed while standing in front of a simple throne, dressed in orange robes and a black headdress, with an old sword and a jewel in box, two of the so-called Three Sacred Treasures placed next to him.
Fifty-five-year-old Empress Masako, trained by Harvard, with heavy 12-layer robes and with her flowing over her back, stood before a smaller throne on the side. Such traditional robes can weigh around 15 kilograms (33 pounds).
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a congratulatory speech to gathered dignitaries including Crown Prince Akishino, the younger brother of the emperor and his family, all adorned with brightly colored robes. Other guests were the US transport secretary Elaine Chao and Myanmar civil leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Fumihito, brother of Naruhito and officially known as Japanese crown prince Akishino (in orange), leaves the ceremony hall after the rituals have taken place
Akishino's wife, Kiko, officially known as Crown Princess Akishino, follows him from the ceremony hall
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia (right) watch the throne ceremony next to Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (center), the Emir of Qatar
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at the Imperial Palace to attend the proclamation
Duke Henri of Luxembourg arrives at the imperial palace to attend the proclamation ceremony of the Japanese emperor Naruhito
The Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf (left) and Crown Princess Victoria (right) arrive at the Imperial Palace to attend the ceremony
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium (left) and the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayuth Chan-ocha, and his wife, Naraporn Chan-ocha (right) were among the 2,000 guests
Rodrigo Duterte (left), the president of the Philippines, arrives to watch the ceremony with daughter Sara
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was one of the dignitaries from 180 countries who were invited to watch the ceremony
The Japanese emperor Naruhito leaves the imperial palace after his throne ceremony
The British prince Charles visits the Nezu museum and gardens as part of a royal tour through Japan prior to the ceremony
Abe led a trio of cheers from & # 39; banzai & # 39 ;, or & # 39; longevity & # 39 ;, for the emperor, for a salute with 21 guns.
A generously good guest list
Royal figures attending the ceremony included:
- Prince Charles, UK
- King Felipe IV and Queen Letizia, Spain
- King Phillppe and Queen Mathilde, Belgium
- Crown prince Frederik and crown princess Mary, Denmark
- Grand Duke Henri, Luxembourg
- King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, the Netherlands
- Crown Prince Hakkon, Norway
- King Carl XVI Gustaf and crown princess Victoria, Sweden
- King Jigme and Queen Jetsun, Bhutan
- Sultan Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar
- King Norodom Sihamoni, Cambodia
- King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah, Malaysia
- Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei
Naruhito had previously entered the palace to cheer waiting fans before reporting his drunkenness to his imperial ancestors at three shrines in the palace grounds, dressed in pure white robes.
& # 39; Being young and energetic with excellent leadership, I hope he will support the people in Japan who have been confronted with ongoing disasters and typhoons, & # 39; said Tomoko Shirakawa, 51, who was one of the crowds of umbrella civilians packing the area for the palace.
A court banquet will take place on Tuesday evening, before Naruhito and Masako organize a tea party for foreign royalties on Wednesday afternoon. The government forgave about half a million people convicted of minor crimes, such as traffic violations, to mark the day.
Although the public parade was postponed to November 10, the NHK public TV said there were 26,000 police who provided security on Tuesday.
Naruhito is unusual among recent Japanese emperors because his only child, 17-year-old Aiko, is female and as such cannot inherit the throne under current law. Unless the law is revised, the future of the imperial family for future generations is instead on the shoulders of his cousin, 13-year-old Hisahito, who is second in line before the throne after his father, Crown Prince Akishino.
The Japanese crown princess Kiko arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo prior to the Ascension ceremony on Tuesday
Defense Minister Taro Kono, guest, Hitomi Noda and former Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihiko Noda attend the Enthronement Ceremony of Emperor Naruhito
Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Carrie Lam arrives at the Imperial Palace to attend the Japanese Emperor Naruhito's Proclamation Ceremony in Tokyo
Mongolia's president Khaltmaagiin Battulga arrives at the imperial palace to attend the coronation ceremony
The Cambodian king Norodom Sihamoni arrives before the ceremony in the Imperial Palace
Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah arrive at the Imperial Palace to attend the succession to the throne
State Adviser Myanmar Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was one of the foreign dignitaries to attend the event
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrive in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
The US transport secretary Elaine Chao arrives at the imperial palace to attend the proclamation ceremony
Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan arrives at the Imperial Palace to attend the proclamation ceremony of Emperor Naruhito
Vatican Cardinal Francesco Monterisi arrives in the Imperial Palace
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and his wife Doris Schmidauer arrive in the imperial palace
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and wife Savita represent their country under dignitaries from 180 countries
Turkmenistan & # 39; s president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow arrives to attend the coronation ceremony of emperor Naruhito
Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf (right) and Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (second right) attend the throne ceremony where emperor officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne
Naruhito's grandfather, Hirohito, in whose name Japanese troops fought World War II, was treated like a god, but renounced his divine status after the defeat of Japan in 1945. Emperors now have no political authority.
Although many Japanese people welcomed the coronation ceremony, some took it away as a nuisance. There was at least one protest in which about two dozen people participated, a minor objection compared to the sometimes violent protests when Akihito was crowned.
& # 39; There is no need for such an extensive ceremony. Traffic is limited and it causes nuisance to ordinary people, & said Yoshikazu Arai, 74, a retired surgeon.
& # 39; The emperor is now necessary as a symbol of the people, but at some point the emperor will no longer be needed. It'll be fine without an emperor. & # 39;
Druk Gyalpo from Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife, Jetsun Pema, arrive at the Imperial Palace to attend the succession to the throne
President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi and his wife Samina Alvi leave the imperial palace after attending the ceremony
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his wife Rula Ghani are leaving the Pine Room in the Tokyo Imperial Palace
Attendees sing & # 39; Banzai & # 39; during the throne ceremony after the Japanese emperor Naruhito has proclaimed his throne in the imperial palace in Tokyo
Despite heavy rain on the morning of the ceremony, the sky was cleared when the rituals began and by the time the royal car parade had gathered crowds on the street.
An official parade to mark the ascension has been delayed by a month due to Typhoon Higibis, but that did not stop hundreds of benefactors gathering on the street
An eight-tonne throne, a 24-inch long hat and secret treasures that the emperor cannot look at: Pump and ceremony of the ascension ritual of Japan
Rarely seen outfits, elaborate thrones and ancient paraphernalia decorate the sacred and lush ceremony on Tuesday on the occasion of the formal climb of Emperor Naruhito to the Japanese chrysanthemum throne.
The new emperor took the throne earlier this year after the abdication of his father Akihito, but the proclamation ceremony confirms the transition in astonishing style.
Here are some of the elements that could be seen:
– Imperial thrones –
The emperor and empress each receive an enormous throne, consisting of a relatively subdued seat in an extensive canopy on top of a fenced platform.
The emperor's eight-ton throne becomes & # 39; Takamikura & # 39; while the smaller & # 39; August seat & # 39; of the Empress & # 39; Michodai & # 39; is called.
The structures are made of varnished cypress wood and were dismantled for transport from the ancient capital of Kyoto to Tokyo for the ceremony.
Naruhito in the Takamikura, his royal throne, while wife Masako is in the Michodai. Naruhito & # 39; s brother, Akishino, looks orange dressed while Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, a & # 39; banzai & # 39; or & # 39; long live the king & # 39; cheers
De stoel van de keizer zit in een baldakijn met rijke paarse gordijnen die hangen aan een dak versierd met gouden krullen en 16-bloembladen chrysanthemum toppen.
Daaronder is een rechthoekig podium met lage rode schermen en zijpanelen beschilderd met legendarische dieren.
Op de punten van het achthoekige dak zitten gouden feniks, met een andere grotere versie van de vogel bovenop de top van het dak.
Aan weerszijden van de stoel van de keizer staan bureaus waar een heilig zwaard en juweel, een deel van de keizerlijke regalia, en zegels zullen worden geplaatst.
Maar de keizer zal tijdens de ceremonie niet echt op de troon zitten en blijft overal staan.
– De kleren van de nieuwe keizer –
Voor de ceremonie zal de keizer een zijden outfit dragen in de 'sokutai' of ceremoniële stijl. De outfit wordt nu zelden gezien en wordt gedomineerd door een volumineuze gedrapeerde bruin-gouden buitenjas met lange, wijde mouwen en een cinched taille.
Koninklijke kledij bevat vaak motieven van vogels, omdat ze in de oudheid als goddelijke gezanten werden beschouwd en het buitenkleed van de keizer is versierd met een mythische Chinese feniks, waarvan wordt aangenomen dat deze de komst van vrede symboliseert.
Keizer Naruhito draagt een sokutai-gewaad versierd met afbeeldingen van een Chinese feniks, waarvan wordt aangenomen dat het de komst van vrede aangeeft. Zijn hoed wordt een kanmuri genoemd en heeft een eenvoudige zwarte basis met een zwarte staart die zich tot 24 inch in de lucht uitstrekt
Tijdens de ceremonie zullen de keizer en andere mannelijke vorsten een 'shaku' of scepter dragen – een smalle, eenvoudige houten plaat, in tegenstelling tot een grote schoenlepel.
In het verleden hechtten royals soms 'spiekbriefjes' aan de achterkant van de shaku om hen door complexe rituelen te helpen.
Maar de kroon op de uitrusting van de keizer is de kanmuri-hoed, die bestaat uit een eenvoudige platte zwarte basis en een torenhoge zwarte staart aan de achterkant die rechtop 60 centimeter (ongeveer 24 inch) uitstrekt.
– Geschikt voor een keizerin –
Keizerin Masako zal een uitgebreide outfit dragen die algemeen bekend staat als 'junihitoe' of een veellagige mantel.
Er wordt verwacht dat Masako outfits draagt met een deel van de rijke rode mouwen en onderkant zichtbaar onder meerdere lagen van verschillende lengtes. De bovenste lagen zijn lichte lila en groene tinten met lichtpaarse revers.
Empress Masako dressed in the junihitoe, or many-layered robe, which is heavy, difficult to walk in, and rarely seen outside ceremonies
Masako's hair will be sculpted into a style that sweeps up and out to the sides with a long ponytail extending from the back and a large golden hairpiece pinned above her forehead.
The elaborate traditional outfit, which can be hard to walk in because of its weight, is rarely seen outside imperial rituals and weddings.
– The sacred treasures –
The ceremony would not be complete without the presence of the 'sacred treasures'. Japanese mythology has it that the sun goddess Amaterasu bequeathed the regalia to the imperial line two millennia ago.
The treasures are the 'Yata no Kagami', a mirror, 'Kusanagi no Tsurugi', a sword, and the 'Yasakani no Magatama', an unspecified jewel.
The possession of the 'three sacred treasures' is considered crucial evidence of an emperor's legitimacy, but there are no photos of them and even the emperor cannot see them.
The treasures were handed to the new emperor in the initial enthronement ceremony held on May 1.
During the upcoming proclamation ceremony, a replica sword and the original jewel will be brought in wrapped in cloth. Both are kept at the palace, along with a replica mirror that is not brought out for ceremonies.