What Is The 'kyoen - No - Gi'?

What is the 'Kyoen-no-gi'?

"Kyoen-no-gi" is a series of court banquets to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's enthronement and receive congratulations from guests.

The first one will take place on October 22, following the "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi" enthronement ceremony.

Guests include the chiefs of administrative, legislative and judicial branches of the government, as well as foreign heads of state and other dignitaries who have also attended the "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi."

Four hundred guests are asked to wear formal attire such as tailcoats and long dresses.

The Emperor and Empress will enter the Take-no-Ma Audience Room at 7:20 p.m. to receive greetings from the guests.

The guests will move to the Matsu-no-Ma State Room to see the Emperor's throne, called Takamikura, and the Empress' seat, called Michodai.

Then they will move to the Shunju-no-Ma Grand Hall to greet Crown Prince and Princess Akishino and other members of the Imperial family.

Aperitifs and refreshments will be served, while members of the Imperial Household Agency's music department will perform traditional Japanese dance and music.

Cuisine will be served during the banquet at the Homeiden State Banquet Hall.

After dinner, the attendees will go back to Shunju-no-Ma to enjoy conversation over coffee and digestif.

The Emperor and Empress will bid farewell to foreign dignitaries at the Matsukaze-no-Ma Drawing Room. The banquet is scheduled to end at around 10:50 p.m.

When Emperor Emeritus Akihito ascended the throne, "Kyoen-no-gi" was held seven times over four straight days beginning on November 12, 1990 -- the day "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi" was held. About 3,400 people were invited.

This time, the banquets will be held four times over four days with intervals, to help ease the burden on the Emperor and Empress. The second banquet will be held on October 25, the third on October 29 and the fourth on October 31. The number of guests will be reduced to 2,600, and the last two banquets will be buffet-style parties.