Ceremonial Carriage Transported to Mie for Imperial Visit to Ise Shrine

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In the morning on November 19 a ceremonial carriage left the grounds of the Imperial Palace on a truck bound for Mie Prefecture. Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will use this historic carriage for their upcoming visit to Ise Grand Shrine, or simply “Jingū” in Japanese.

The carriage, which bears the imperial chrysanthemum crest, was built in 1928, and it is the most formal of the ceremonial carriages now in use by the Imperial Household Agency.

On the evening of the same day, after an eight-hour trip by truck, the horses that will draw the carriage also arrived at the shrine.

It is customary for a new emperor to visit Ise Grand Shrine for a ceremony called the Rite of Worship at the Jingū after the Enthronement and Daijōsai. The imperial couple, who will arrive in Ise on November 21, will visit the Outer Shrine (Gekū) on the 22nd and the Inner Shrine (Naikū) on the 23rd.

(Originally published in Japanese on FNN’s Prime Online on November 19, 2019. Translated and edited by Nippon.com.)

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