Japan Emperor Reports Enthronement at Mausoleum of Emperor Jinmu

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Kashihara, Nara Pref., Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Emperor Naruhito on Wednesday visited the mausoleum of Emperor Jinmu, believed to be the country's mythical first Emperor, for the "Shinetsu-no-Gi" ceremony to report the completion of a series of "Sokui-no-Rei" enthronement-related events and "Daijosai" thanksgiving ritual.

Clad in morning dress and carrying a silk hat, Emperor Naruhito slowly walked along the pebbled path to the mausoleum located in the city of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, western Japan. He then made a "tamagushi" Shinto ritual offering at the altar and performed a prayer around 10:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. GMT).

Empress Masako, accompanying her husband to the mausoleum, also offered a prayer, around 10:50 a.m.

Following his accession to the throne on May 1, Emperor Naruhito attended the "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi" ceremony on Oct. 22 to proclaim his enthronement both at home and abroad, and performed Daijosai Nov. 14-15.

The couple will visit the mausoleum of Emperor Meiji, the paternal great-great-grandfather of Emperor Naruhito, in the western city of Kyoto on the morning of Thursday and the mausoleums in Hachioji, Tokyo, of Emperor Taisho and Emperor Showa, the great-grandfather and grandfather of the current Emperor, respectively, on Tuesday.

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