Emperor Naruhito Takes the Throne, and a New Era Arrives in Japan

May 2, 2019

According to The New York Times:

A day after his father became the first monarch to abdicate the imperial throne of Japan in more than two centuries, the new emperor, Naruhito, on Wednesday received the sacred imperial regalia that represents his rightful succession to the world’s oldest monarchy.

In an eye-blinkingly brief ceremony at the Imperial Palace, Naruhito, 59, officially succeeded Akihito, 85, an enormously popular monarch…

[When] Emperor Akihito abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne on Tuesday… palace chamberlains placed an imperial sword, jewels and seals, all wrapped in silk cloth, on cypress benches flanking the stage.

To read the entire article in The New York Times, please click here.

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