Emperor Akihito Performs Abdication-Related Ceremonies
Tokyo, April 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Emperor Akihito performed on Tuesday morning a series of sacred ceremonies related to his abdication later in the day, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
The ceremonies were participated by some 50 people, including Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino, his wife, Princess Kiko, and employees at the Imperial Household Agency and Imperial Palace police guards. Prince Akishino is the second son of the Emperor.
The ceremonies included the "Taiirei-Tojitsu-Kashikodokoro-Omae-no-Gi" ritual to proclaim the implementation of the "Taiirei-Seiden-no-Gi" abdication ceremony, which will be held at the palace's "Matsu-no-Ma" state room from 5 p.m. Tuesday (8 a.m. GMT).
The 85-year-old Emperor and his wife, Empress Michiko, will participate in the Taiirei-Seiden-no-Gi ceremony, the last of 11 abdication-related ceremonies that started on March 12.
His abdication will bring to an end the current Heisei era, which has lasted for about 30 years and three months.
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