Emperor, Empress Report Enthronement at Ise Shrine
Ise, Mie Pref., Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)--Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako reported at Ise Jingu, a Shinto shrine complex in Mie Prefecture, central Japan, on Friday that a series of ceremonies for the Emperor's enthronement has been completed.
The Imperial couple's visit to Ise Jingu was their first since July 2014, when they worshipped as Crown Prince and Crown Princess, together with their daughter, Aiko.
Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko visited the shrine complex in April to report the former Emperor's abdication at the end of that month. Emperor Naruhito assumed the throne on May 1.
For the "Shinetsu-no-Gi" ceremony to report his enthronement to Ise Jingu, Emperor Naruhito, clad in the "Korozen-no-Goho" traditional ritual costume for the Emperor, arrived in a horse-drawn covered carriage at the Shogu shrine in the Geku area of the complex in the morning.
After moving on to the shrine's main building with chamberlains holding the sword and the jewel from the Imperial Family's Three Sacred Treasures, the Emperor offered a "tamagushi" Shinto offering and worshipped.
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