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Foreign visitors fascinated by emperor's enthronement ceremony

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although people were not allowed to enter the palace for security reasons.

Come on now, making this comment for the "foreigners" is unnecessary.

Japanese weren't allowed in either, and guess what, for security reasons too!

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I managed not to watch it ...at all.

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This is a great propaganda piece for Japan. Well played,, Kyodo.

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8 out of 10 foreigners are always fascinated by Japan thing. Lots of proof that Japan has the most travel videos on Youtube and most comments are 'i really wanna go Japan someday' and 'i want to go Japan again, missed so much'.

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And not a single one of the tourists mentioned the outrageous cost

They possibly understand that the cost is not outrageous relative to the size of the Japanese economy.

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They possibly understand that the cost is not outrageous relative to the size of the Japanese economy.

put it that way I suppose and when you compare it to another head of state that spends about $40million

on taxpayer funded golf trips well it doesn't seem so extreme now.

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We had the old emperor and his wife drive past us in kyoto last year, it was fantasic to see people genuinely excited to see them, good luck to his son.

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 how did you manage to do that??

Easy, I am the same as him! Vegged out on Netflix!

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Easy, I am the same as him! Vegged out on Netflix!

ah Netflix even the worst shows are better than Japan TV, without the internet or Netflix Id probably be in a mental asylum about now.

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On the night of November 14, the Raiwa emperor will perform a secret overnight ritual known as the daijosai.

In part of the ceremony, the emperor enters an inner sanctuary accompanied only by two ladies-in-waiting. Analysts and Shinto ritualists have offered different speculation about what, exactly, Naruhito will do in there while 1,000 guests wait outside.

There is a bed inside, so some say the emperor lies down with his ancestors and enters into spiritual communion with the gods. Others say he actually becomes a god (though the emperor’s godlike status was annulled by the Americans after World War II). Another theory holds that he has a conjugal visit with the sun goddess.

What bothers some critics is that about 2.1 billion yen —

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Nihon Sugoi!

And not a single one of the tourists mentioned the outrageous cost or the typhoon victims living in shelters!

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Foreign visitors fascinated 

Eternally fascinated.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2019/03/17/voices/non-japanese-people-poorly-represented-japanese-media-needs-change/#.Xa-dm9WLQ1c

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I didn't go in person but watched it on TV, although very few Japanese people of my age seemed interested in it. I suppose as a foreigner I feel like it'd be a waste to not watch these huge historical and cultural events while I'm in the country, even if the events are not that interesting to me personally I still want to experience the history myself.

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@kurisupisu how did you manage to do that??

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@Satedaya

It was a struggle and I almost gave in but summoning every last ounce of willpower, I went for a walk...

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The ritual itself originated in Tang China (600 to 900 CE) so I am not sure if it can be described as representing Japanese "culture and history." The floppy paddle (shaku 笏) is also of Chinese origin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaku_(ritual_baton)

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I was fascinated by the emperor's black hat.

That long floppy paddle thing looks really cute!

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