Emperor Performs "Daijosai" Grand Thanksgiving Ceremony

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Tokyo, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)--"Daijokyu-no-Gi," the centerpiece of the "Daijosai" grand thanksgiving ceremony related to the enthronement of Japanese Emperor Naruhito, took place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo from Thursday evening through early Friday.

Emperor Naruhito, who assumed the throne on May 1, offered newly harvested grain to the gods to pray for bountiful crops and peace in the country. Daijokyu-no-Gi was held at "Daijokyu," a set of nearly 40 temporary buildings constructed on a some 90-meter-square site in the East Gardens at the palace in Chiyoda Ward.

Daijosai, a Shinto-linked ceremony held by an Emperor only once during his reign, is regarded as the most important enthronement-related ceremony he performs.

After cleansing himself at the "Kairyuden" building at 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, the Emperor, sitting on a "goza" mat and looking in the direction of Ise Jingu, a grand Shinto shrine in the city of Ise in Mie Prefecture, central Japan, gave offerings of rice from the eastern prefecture of Tochigi harvested this year, millet, sake and marine products, to Imperial ancestors and the gods, according to the Imperial Household Agency. The inside of Yukiden was illuminated by a lantern.

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