Daijokyu Complex Opens To Public

Daijokyu complex opens to public

Japan's Imperial Household Agency has opened the Daijokyu complex to the public, which was built specially for Emperor Naruhito to perform a key thanksgiving ritual marking his enthronement.

About 1,400 people were already waiting when the Sakashita-mon Gate of the Imperial Palace was opened to visitors at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

The Daijokyu complex is comprised of more than 30 structures in a roughly 90-meter by 90-meter area in the East Gardens of the Palace.

The Emperor performed the Daijokyu-no-gi ritual on November 14 and 15 in the complex. He offered newly-harvested rice to the deities and prayed for peace and a bountiful harvest.

The complex cost about one billion yen, or 9 million dollars, to build. But it is set to be demolished over a three-month period from mid-December.

The building with guest seating for the ritual and other structures have been removed to create space for visitors to walk around.

The Agency says more than 7,000 people visited the site as of 11 a.m. Thursday. The Daijokyu complex will be open to the public until December 8th.