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Japan's Emperor plants rice seeds at Imperial Palace, rice to be harvested in fall

Emperor Naruhito sprinkles rice seeds on a seedling bed at the Imperial Palace on April 6, 2021. (Photo courtesy of the Imperial Household Agency)

TOKYO -- Emperor Naruhito on April 6 planted rice at the Imperial Palace that is scheduled to be transplanted in May and harvested in the fall for use in court rituals and other purposes.

    Dressed in a jacket and dark blue pants, the Emperor crouched in front of a seedling bed near the Imperial Palace's Biological Laboratory and planted "Nihonmasari" rice and "Mangetsumochi" glutenous rice seeds from a small basket.

    Rice cultivation at the Imperial Palace was started by Emperor Hirohito (posthumously known as Emperor Showa) to encourage agriculture, and was handed down to the present Emperor through Emperor Emeritus Akihito.

    (Japanese original by Takeshi Wada, City News Department)

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