Naruhito is Japan’s Proclaimed Emperor

Naruhito is the proclaimed emperor of Japan on Tuesday and around 2,000 guests from homestretch and one hundred eighty dignitaries from around the world were witnesses.
Photo source: Kyodo

Emperor Naruhito reportedly began his rein in May, after his father, Akihito, stepped down, making him the first emperor to do so in 200 years.

The newly enthroned emperor, 59, announced his proclamation through an elaborate series of rituals called “Sokui No Rei” which took place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, as per CNN World.

Accordingly, Japan’s newest monarch wore the dark orange robe worn by emperors on special occasions. The 59 year old emperor then made the proclamations after climbing to the 6.5 meter high ‘takamikura’ throne. Meanwhile Empress Masako, wore a layered court kimono, took her seat on the adjacent ‘michodai’ throne, as per Japan Times.

“Having previously succeeded to the Imperial Throne in accordance with the Constitution of Japan and the Special Measures Law on the Imperial House Law. I now proclaim my enthronement to those at home and abroad,” the new Japanese Emperor said.

“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.

The new Emperor’s enthronement was watched by the other members of the Imperial family and leading Japanese politicians including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Naruhito’s enthronement was made into a national Japanese holiday and the imperial pair is initially scheduled to appear in a parade but it will be postponed to November 10th since there is a typhoon that happened in the country earlier this month.

Here is a video of the ceremony, courtesy of TIME.



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