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Emperor Naruhito attends rite ahead of proclamation ceremonies for Japan's crown prince

Emperor Naruhito takes part in a ceremony to send Imperial Envoys to Ise Jingu shrine and other places to report that the Ceremonies for Proclamation of Crown Prince will be held, in the Take-no-Ma room of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 5, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the Imperial Household Agency)

TOKYO -- Emperor Naruhito took part in a rite on Nov. 5 to send Imperial Envoys to Ise Jingu shrine and other places to report that a ceremony to proclaim Crown Prince Fumihito becoming the first in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne will be held on Nov. 8.

    The ritual, held in the Take-no-Ma audience room of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, marked the first of a series of events related to the Ceremonies for Proclamation of Crown Prince, which will declare to people in Japan and aborad that Crown Prince Fumihito has become heir to the throne.

    Emperor Naruhito, left, takes part in a ceremony to send Imperial Envoys to Ise Jingu shrine and other places to report that the Ceremonies for Proclamation of Crown Prince will be held, in the Take-no-Ma room of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 5, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the Imperial Household Agency)

    Clad in traditional attire, Emperor Naruhito entrusted envoys with a message to be read aloud at Ise Jingu shrine in the central Japan city of Ise, Mie Prefecture, and other locations.

    Apart from Ise Jingu, the envoys will also be dispatched to the Mausoleum of Emperor Jinmu, said to be the nation's first emperor, in the city of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, in western Japan; and the Mausoleum of Emperor Showa in the city of Hachioji in western Tokyo.

    (Japanese original by Takeshi Wada, City News Department)

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