Emperor, Empress Report Abdication at Ise Shrine
Ise, Mie Pref., April 18 (Jiji Press)--Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko reported his abdication planned for April 30 at Ise Jingu, a Shinto shrine complex in Mie Prefecture, central Japan, in a ceremony held on Thursday.
The "Shin'etsu-no-gi" ceremony took place at the Geku outer area of the complex in the morning.
The Imperial couple visited Ise Jingu for the first time since March 2014. This is their fifth visit since the Emperor acceded to the throne in 1989.
For the ceremony, the Emperor brought with him the sword and the jewel from the Imperial Family's Three Sacred Treasures from the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
After arriving at the Shogu shrine in Geku by car around 10:45 a.m. (1:45 a.m. GMT), the Emperor, wearing a morning coat, approached the main building of Shogu with chamberlains who held the sword and the jewel, offered a "tamagushi" Shinto offering and bowed.
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