A committee at Japan's Imperial Household Agency has decided on a plan to scale down buildings where one of the rituals related to the Imperial succession will be held next year.
The committee on Wednesday discussed buildings for the main ceremony of the Daijosai ritual. It will be held at the Imperial Palace in November following the enthronement of Crown Prince Naruhito in May.
KYOTO--Diners took advantage of balmy weather here May 1 for the centuries-old tradition of eating on open-air terraces along the Kamogawa river while geisha mingled among them.
Customers took in waterfront views as they relaxed on the first day of Kamogawa Noryoyuka (Cool floor along the Kamogawa river), when the daytime high hit 29.5 degrees, the average temperature for early July in the city.