Ceremonies Related To Accession

Ceremonies related to accession

Five ceremonies to mark Emperor Naruhito's accession are carried out as "acts of the Emperor in matters of State" as stipulated by the Constitution.

Two of the ceremonies already happened on the morning of May 1, the day of his enthronement. At 10:30 a.m., a ceremony marked the Emperor's inheritance of the Imperial Regalia as proof of his accession to the throne. Just after 11 a.m., he met the representatives of the people.

Two more events are taking place on October 22. The key ceremony is the "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi." At 1:00 p.m. the Emperor will proclaim his enthronement in front of leaders from various circles and foreign dignitaries.

In the evening, the first of four court banquets will be held at the Imperial Palace. Three more will take place as part of this final ceremony, on October 25, 29 and 31.

An Imperial procession which was originally planned to take place soon after the ceremony has been rescheduled to November 10.

These ceremonies are based on those held for the Emperor Emeritus, but they are being held within a shorter time period.

During the previous Imperial succession, the first two ceremonies were held days apart, while the rest were staged nearly two years later. That's because the country was in a period of mourning following the death of Emperor Showa.

Since Emperor Emeritus Akihito abdicated the throne, there was no need to delay the more joyful ceremonies and all are being held in the same year.