Japanese Emperor Naruhito proclaims enthronement in ritualised ceremony

Japanese Emperor Naruhito on Tuesday proclaimed his enthronement in a highly ritualised, ancient-style ceremony held in the Seiden State Hall at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in front of 2,000 guests from around the world.

In the official coronation ceremony known as “Sokuirei Seiden no gi,” the 59-year-old emperor wearing a dark reddish-brown robe known as a “Korozen no goho” only worn by emperors, made his ascension to the 6.5-meter-high canopied Takamikura imperial throne.

Flanked by the imperial sword and jewel, two of the three items of imperial regalia inherited by the emperor as proof of his ascension, along with the state and privy seals, Emperor Naruhito proceeded to proclaim his enthronement. Empress Masako was seated on the adjacent Michodai throne wearing a layered court kimono, known as a traditional Japanese garment.

“In accordance with the Constitution of Japan and the Special Measures Law on the Imperial House Law, I now perform the Ceremony of Enthronement at the Seiden State Hall and proclaim my enthronement to those at home and abroad,” he said.

 “For more than 30 years on the Throne, His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus (Akihito) constantly prayed for the happiness of the people and world peace, always sharing in the joys and sorrows of the people, and showing compassion through his own bearing.  

“I pledge hereby that I shall act according to the Constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people of Japan, while always wishing for the happiness of the people and the peace of the world, turning my thoughts to the people and standing by them,” Emperor Naruhito continued.

In his final words, the emperor wished for the peace and prosperity of mankind saying:  

“I sincerely hope that our country, through our people’s wisdom and unceasing efforts, achieves further development and contributes to the friendship and peace of the international community and the welfare and prosperity of mankind.”

Following the emperor’s proclamation, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, wearing a black tail coat and white bow tie, paid his formal congratulatory tribute to the emperor from the lower floor of the “Matsu-no-Ma” state room.

 “The people of Japan come together in extending their heartiest congratulations,” said the Japanese leader after confirming the emperor’s ascension to the throne to both representatives at home and abroad. -Xinhua

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