Imperial Couple To Take Part In A Number Of Events

Imperial couple to take part in a number of events

The Imperial couple will take part in a number of events related to the Emperor's enthronement in the coming weeks.

The ritual taking place from November 14 to 15 is the "Daijokyu-no-gi." This Imperial family event constitutes the main part of the "Daijosai," or the Great Thanksgiving Ceremony, which is held only once in the Emperor's reign, following his accession.

During the "Daijokyu-no-gi," Emperor Naruhito will make an offering of freshly harvested rice to give thanks and pray for peace and abundance throughout the country.

A series of grand banquets will take place in the Imperial Palace on November 16 and 18, for guests who attended the "Daijokyu-no-gi."

Later in the month, the Emperor and the Empress will start a series of trips to report the completion of the enthronement ceremony and the "Daijosai."

They will travel to Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture, the mausoleum of Emperor Jinmu in Nara Prefecture, as well as the mausoleum of Emperor Komei and Emperor Meiji, both in Kyoto Prefecture.

The Imperial couple will also visit the mausoleums of Emperor's grandfather, Emperor Showa, and great-grandfather, Emperor Taisho. They are in Hachioji City in Tokyo.

The final ritual relating to the Emperor's enthronement takes place on December 4, when he pays respects at the Imperial Palace sanctuaries.