"Daijokyu," Site of Key Enthronement Rites, Open to Public


Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--The "Daijokyu" halls, where traditional Imperial enthronement-related rites were performed last week, were opened to the public in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday.

The general public is allowed to view the Daijokyu complex in the palace's East Gardens until Dec. 8. From Nov. 30, Inui Street outside the East Gardens will be open to the public also until Dec. 8.

Emperor Naruhito performed the "Daijosai" grand thanksgiving rites, considered the most important enthronement-related ceremony, at the complex from the evening of Nov. 14 to the small hours of the next day.

Daijokyu, made up of nearly 40 buildings, will be demolished in accordance with the tradition. The Imperial Household Agency plans to reuse the building materials as much as possible.

Entry is allowed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are not required.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press