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Most arcane enthronement ritual continues in utter secrecy

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14.11.2019

Daijosai (Great Thanksgiving Festival) was last held in November 1990 after Emperor Akihito ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

All I remember was the emperor, clad in all-white ceremonial garb and illuminated by torchlight, walking solemnly in Daijokyu hall.

That was all the public got to see. Daijokyu-no-Gi, the main ritual of Daijosai, was not televised.

Emperor Naruhito will conduct the ritual from the evening of Nov. 14 through the early morning of Nov. 15 in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace.

Newspaper reports from 29 years ago underscored the secretiveness of the ritual.

One article noted, “It........

© The Asahi Shimbun