Key ceremonies in Japan's imperial succession

By Kiyoshi Takenaka

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Naruhito will wear a Western tailcoat. Akihito wore a Western morning coat when he became emperor in January 1989.

Further evidence that Japanese culture is eroding before our very eyes.

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It "eroded" back in 1871.

"After the Emperor appeared in Western dress, government officials and the educated elite began wearing Western-style clothing in public. In 1871, the Emperor issued a mandate requiring high officials to wear Western clothes during business hours or when at official functions."

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Moving the thrones from the Kyoto Imperial Palace to Tokyo including some restoration cost ¥100 million and will be moved back after the enthronement.

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2.7 billion yen.

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Great find, OssanAmerica. It always bugged me a bit that Japanese royalty don't wear traditional Japanese garb; now at least I have a context.

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Forget the outfits...point is how dignified and deeply rooted in culture is the succession. Japanese royalty have taken their rightful place as beacons of world peace.

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