TOKYO -- Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako paid their respects at Meiji Jingu shrine in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Oct. 28.
The Imperial Couple's visit came as the shrine marks the 100th anniversary since its foundation. It was their first visit together to the shrine since 2002, when the couple -- then Crown Prince and Crown Princess -- visited there on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the demise of Emperor Meiji (1852-1912).
Clad in a morning coat, Emperor Naruhito made a bow in front of the main hall with a sacred tree branch in his hands. Empress Masako followed, bowing deeply before the hall. Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, it was their first appearance in an event outside the Imperial Household since their attendance at the National Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead held in Tokyo on Aug. 15.
Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko, as well as Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko, also paid their respects at the shrine the same day, respectively.
Following the visit, the Emperor Emeritus and Empress Emerita visited the Meiji Jingu Museum on the shrine's premises and viewed a ceremonial robe worn by Empress Shoken (1849-1914), the wife of Emperor Meiji. The attire is currently undergoing repair work.
(Japanese original by Takeshi Wada, City News Department)