Former Imperial Couple Visit Emperor Komei's Mausoleum


Kyoto, June 12 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Emperor Emeritus Akihito, accompanied by Empress Emerita Michiko, visited the mausoleum of Emperor Komei in the western Japan city of Kyoto on Wednesday to report his abdication on April 30.

The visit was the latest in a series of "Shin'etsu-no-Gi" abdication-linked rituals that began on March 12.

It was the former Imperial couple's first visit to the mausoleum since November 1999.

Later on Wednesday, the couple will visit the mausoleum of Emperor Meiji, also in Kyoto, concluding the abdication rituals. The trip to Emperor Meiji's mausoleum marks the couple's first since December 2012.

Emperor Emeritus Akihito, dressed in a morning coat and with a silk hat in hand, entered the gates of Emperor Komei's mausoleum shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday (2 a.m. GMT). After walking up the 123-meter sloped path to the mausoleum, he offered a "tamagushi" ritual Shinto offering and prayed.

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