Emperor, Empress Arrive at Ise Shrine to Report Abdication
Ise, Mie Pref., April 17 (Jiji Press)--Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived at Ise Jingu in the central Japan prefecture of Mie on Wednesday to report his planned abdication at the Shinto shrine complex on Thursday.
The visit to Mie is expected to be the final regional trip for the Imperial couple before the Emperor abdicates on April 30.
On Thursday, the Emperor will perform Shin'etsu-no-gi, a ceremony to report his abdication, at the Geku outer area of the grand shrine in the morning and at the Naiku main area in the afternoon.
The Emperor brought with him the sword and the jewel from the Imperial Family's Three Sacred Treasures, which also include the mirror, from the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo.
The Emperor and the Empress arrived at the shrine Wednesday afternoon, greeted by Sayako Kuroda, supreme priestess at the shrine and the only daughter of the couple, and others, according to the Imperial Household Agency.
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