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Imperial parade to start at 3:30 p.m. following enthronement ceremony

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Takamikura, left, and Michodai

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe government’s committee on ceremonies relating to the Imperial succession has decided on an outline for the Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi ceremony in which the Emperor will proclaim his enthronement at home and abroad.

At the ceremony, the Emperor will speak from the emperor’s throne, known as the Takamikura, as occurred at the previous ceremony held at the start of the Heisei era, according to details set forth at Thursday’s meeting of the committee, chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Takamikura will be shown to the public in Tokyo and Kyoto from December.

The Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi ceremony will be held in the Matsu-no-Ma state room of the Imperial Palace for about 30 minutes from 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. The Emperor will wear formal court attire called korozen no goho, which has traditionally been worn by emperors.

After the Emperor proclaims his enthronement, the prime minister will deliver a congratulatory message.

The Imperial Regalia — the sacred sword and magatama jewels — the Privy Seal and the State Seal will be placed on the table near the Takamikura, as in the previous ceremony at the start of Heisei.

The Takamikura has been used as the seat of the emperor in enthronement ceremonies and on other occasions since ancient times. The throne will be displayed to the public alongside the Michodai, a similar structure that the Empress will use in the Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi ceremony, in addition to the costumes and items that will used on the occasion.

A similar exhibition was held at the Kyoto Imperial Palace for 10 days after the previous ceremony at the start of the Heisei era, but this time the event will be held for 40 days in total.

In Tokyo, the exhibition will be held at the Tokyo National Museum from Dec. 22 to 25 and from Jan. 2 to 19. It will be held at the Kyoto Imperial Palace from March 1 to 22. Admission is free.

For the Shukuga-Onretsu-no-gi parade that will take place following the ceremony on Oct. 22, the government committee decided that the convertible that will carry the Emperor and the Empress will leave the Imperial Palace at 3:30 p.m. The parade will proceed for about 30 minutes before arriving at the Akasaka Palace. In case of bad weather, it is scheduled to be postponed to Oct. 26.Speech

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