Emperor Reports Abdication at His Father's Mausoleum


Tokyo, April 23 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Emperor Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, visited Musashino Mausoleum, or the mausoleum of Emperor Hirohito, in Tokyo's Hachioji on Tuesday morning to report his April 30 abdication.

The visit to the mausoleum of his father, known posthumously as Emperor Showa, was part of an abdication-related ritual called "Shin'etsu-no-Gi."

Also to report his abdication together with his wife, Emperor Akihito visited the mausoleum of Emperor Jinmu, his mythical earliest predecessor, in Nara Prefecture, western Japan, on March 26, and Ise Jingu, a Shinto shrine complex in Mie Prefecture, central Japan, on Thursday.

The visit to his father's mausoleum became Emperor Akihito's last visit to an Imperial mausoleum before he abdicates. His eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will assume the throne on May 1.

The Emperor, dressed in a morning coat and carrying a silk hat in his hand, approached the mausoleum at an easy pace, offered a "tamagushi" Shinto offering and bowed deeply. The Empress, in a gray dress for worship, followed suit.

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