- rite of passage
- 通過儀礼（ rite と後出 ceremony は儀式）
- 天皇（後出 His Majesty は陛下、Empress は皇后）
- 退位、譲位（後出 retirement もここでは同意、vacate the throne はここでは退位する）
- on the grounds of ～
- Imperial Palace
- 皇居（後出 Three Palace Sanctuaries は宮中三殿のこと、Imperial Household は皇室、写真説明の Imperial Household Agency は宮内庁）
- clad in ～
- (be) situated at ～
- deliver an address
- bow respectfully
- pay one's respects at ～
- receive in audience ～
- act in a matter of state
Rite of Passage
Emperor Akihito performed a ceremony to report his forthcoming abdication and its date at the Sanctuary of Reverence, or Kashikodokoro in Japanese, on the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on March 12.
Called "Kashikodokoro-ni-Taii-oyobi-sono-Kijitsu-Hokoku-no-gi" in Japanese, the rite is the first of a set of 11 ceremonies associated with the Emperor's retirement scheduled for April 30. The most recent abdication was in 1817.
At around 10 a.m., the Emperor, clad in special attire called "Korozen no goho," entered the Sanctuary of Reverence which is situated at the center of the Three Palace Sanctuaries and enshrines the sun goddess Amaterasu-Omikami. There, the Emperor delivered a special address, called "Otsugebumi," to report his abdication and bowed respectfully.
His Majesty is scheduled to perform a similar ceremony at the Mausoleum of Emperor Jinmu in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, on March 26, at Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture, on April 18, and at the Mausoleum of Emperor Showa in the Tokyo suburban city of Hachioji on April 23. Empress Michiko will accompany the Emperor when he pays his respects at those places.
On the evening of April 30, a ceremony named "Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi" will be held to announce the abdication to the people and for the Emperor to receive in audience the representatives of the people for the last time before he vacates the throne. Of the 11 ceremonies, the government regards Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi as "an act in matters of state" under the Constitution. The other 10 rites are classified as events of the Imperial Household.
In the ceremony on April 30, on the day of the abdication, the Emperor will deliver his final address.
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