Area for "Daijosai" Key Imperial Ceremony to Be Scaled Down

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Tokyo, Dec. 19 (Jiji Press)--The Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday that the size of an area for the "Daijokyu" complex to be used for the "Daijosai" key ceremony related to Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito's enthronement next year will be scaled down by some 20 pct compared with the area for the last such Imperial Family event about 30 years ago.

The decision was made at the third meeting of a government panel for a series of Imperial succession-related ceremonies. The agency plans to reduce costs associated with the 2019 ceremony, in the face of rises in building materials prices and labor expenses, as well as due to decreases in the number of participating Imperial Family members and guests.

Daijosai, in which a new Emperor prays for good harvests and peace for the country and its people, is regarded as one of the most important enthronement-related ceremonies.

The site for the upcoming Daijosai, scheduled for Nov. 14-15, 2019, after Crown Prince Naruhito's accession to the throne on May 1 the same year, will be located within the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. After the start of land preparation planned in May, construction work for the Daijokyu complex will begin in July, with completion slated at the end of October, according to the agency.

The Daijokyu complex of some 30 structures used in the last Daijosai in November 1990, held for incumbent Emperor Akihito, the father of Crown Prince Naruhito, was built on an area of 8,473 square meters.

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