Emperor's Daijosai Ceremony Begins at Imperial Palace
Tokyo, Nov. 14 (Jiji Press)--The "Daijokyu-no-Gi," the centerpiece of the "Daijosai" grand thanksgiving ceremony related to the enthronement of Japanese Emperor Naruhito, started on Thursday afternoon in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
The Daijokyu-no-Gi ceremony will be conducted through the small hours of Friday.
In the ceremony, Emperor Naruhito will offer newly harvested grain to the gods to pray for bountiful crops and peace in the country in the "Daijokyu," a set of nearly 40 buildings built for the ceremony on a some 90-meter-square site.
After cleansing himself at the "Kairyuden" building in the Daijokyu, Emperor Naruhito, clad in the "Gosaifuku" ritual costume made of white silk, entered the "Yukiden" hall at around 6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. GMT) to start the "Yukiden-Kyosen-no-Gi" rite.
In the rite, he will give offerings of rice from the eastern prefecture of Tochigi harvested this year, as well as millet, sake and marine products, to Imperial ancestors and the gods.
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