Japan Holds 3rd Banquet for Emperor's Accession Proclamation
Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japan held the third of four "Kyoen-no-Gi" court banquets following the proclamation of Emperor Naruhito's accession to the throne at the Imperial Palace on Tuesday.
The buffet-style banquet was attended by some 700 guests, including prefectural governors and members of the Diet, the country's parliament, as well as leading figures from various sectors. Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and other Imperial Family members met with guests at the "Homeiden" state banquet hall and the "Shunju-no-Ma" room at the palace in Tokyo.
In a speech, the Emperor said he wishes people happiness and hopes to see the country develop further. A toast was then given by a guest representative.
Notable attendees to the event include former baseball star and People's Honor Award recipient Sadaharu Oh and the governors of Fukushima and Chiba prefectures.
The "Kyoen-no-Gi" banquets, part of the "Sokui-no-Rei" enthronement events, were conducted seven times for the previous Emperor, now Emperor Emeritus Akihito. While all seven banquets for the former Emperor were seated events, the third and fourth banquets for Emperor Naruhito are standing events.
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