Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, foreign dignitaries and government representatives attend the court banquet at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Tuesday night. Photo: Imperial Household Agency via REUTERS
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'Washoku' delicacies served at banquet after emperor's ceremony

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And at about ¥25,000 to ¥30,000 a head that's a hell of a lot of money!

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It is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so let them splurge. I am more concerned about the ongoing and open-ended waste of taxpayers money by megalomaniac politicians for braindead schemes, like subsidizing "green energy".

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@yubaru: I think your estimated cost per person is way to low, perhaps by an order of magnitude. The average price of one bottle of 2011 Corton-Charlemagne (A Grand Cru from Cote de Beaune in France) is 400,000 Yen. Yes 400,000¥ for one (1) bottle.

Great wine choice.....wish I could try that.....

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By the way the 2007 Chateau Margaux averages only about 80,000¥ per bottle. I’ll take the Grand Cru

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A supporter of Japan was saying the cost of the ceremony, while an obscene amount, works out to be the cost of a rice ball per Japanese citizen.

Hope the visitors enjoyed their expensive meals, as I'm sure the Japanese public are more than happy to forego their rice ball for the aristocracy to enjoy their washoku, washed down with the excellent 2007 vintage Chateau Margaux.

What is that wine you say?

Just some fermented grape juice, only costs about ¥‎ 100,000 per bottle, three months worth of groceries for some families.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/margaux+medoc+bordeaux+france/2007

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Now we all know where the 2% tax increase has gone!

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I think your estimated cost per person is way to low, perhaps by an order of magnitude. The average price of one bottle of 2011 Corton-Charlemagne (A Grand Cru from Cote de Beaune in France) is 400,000 Yen. Yes 400,000¥ for one (1) bottle.

Great wine choice.....wish I could try that.....

Wow sorry it looks like I actually quoted the price of the much cheaper bottle..!

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Satisfying, as simple as that. The foods are so ..., OMG, no English available to describe it. Everyone is smart, and so diplomatic.

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wow - a room full of some of humanity's biggest and least productive people

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I paid so I want my bento as well.

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yes, happy tax increase ceremony.

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Doesn't look like fun, though, does it? Kind of like going to a wedding and sitting at a table where you don't know anybody. I'd rather go down the pub, have a few beers and try some of those 5 Scary Foods from the JT article the other day.

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I was all for it until I read the bit about French wine. It would have been more appropriate to serve Japanese wines and sake. I much prefer the taste of Japanese sparkling sake with Japanese food than french wines of any sort. Poor old Japanese producers, first trade deal gave them a wack, now their product is shunned, even for an imperial ceremony.

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Sh1mon.....I do have similar feelings....but those are darn good choices for wine; especially the Cote de Beaune with washoku

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So nice to have a gathering of super rich people congratulate each other about being super rich as tax payers wallow in ankle deep water with no power. Hope they enjoyed the Australian grown beef it is tradition after all.

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Why does the saying "Let them eat cake!" come to mind when I see this picture and think of the average Japanese who will never, in their life, enjoy anything like this.

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This is a classic example of let em eat cake. Literally. People are still recovering from the typhoon and these wastes spend 16 billion. Where's the opposition on Japan? Seriously!!

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I agree the ceremony is important and an important part of the culture however it can be held with much less opulance (as can such ceremonies in other countries too). This (and such ceremonies in other countries) do in fact extoll the let them eat cake attitude.

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For guests unfamiliar with Japanese cuisine, Western dishes such as beef and asparagus rolls were also prepared.

Otherwise known as the Condescension Course.

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I can understand that they had to do the ceremony,is their culture and their monarchy.

But with the people struggling in a stagnant economy,tax increase and natural disasters I frankly expected they would care more about the cost of the whole event.

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Who got to sit at the top table, and why? I recognize the Sultan of Brunei.

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2011 Corton-Charlemagne? I'll keep that in mind. Next year, when I retire, I'll have a sip of that under the moonlight. For the mean time, I 'll start saving ¥1,000 a day. Au revoir!

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No BusinessToday  09:06 am JST

“Who got to sit at the top table, and why? I recognize the Sultan of Brunei.”

I think the TV commentary mentioned the Sultan is the longest-reigning of the guests. I’m no expert on the details of the protocol if such occasions but I believe that would be a deciding factor.

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Sh1mon M4sadaToday  08:07 am JST

“I was all for it until I read the bit about French wine. It would have been more appropriate to serve Japanese wines and sake.”

Miss this part? “The wine list comprised 2011 Corton-Charlemagne and 2007 Chateau Margaux as well as Japanese sake,”

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Who got to sit at the top table, and why? I recognize the Sultan of Brunei.

I asked the same thing yesterday.

From Wiki:

Crude oil and natural gas production account for about 90% of its GDP.[61] About 167,000 barrels (26,600 m3) of oil are produced every day, making Brunei the fourth-largest producer of oil in Southeast Asia.[61] It also produces approximately 25.3 million cubic metres (890×106 cu ft) of liquified natural gas per day, making Brunei the ninth-largest exporter of the substance in the world.[61]

Also from Wiki:

Brunei's revised penal code came into force in phases, commencing on 22 April 2014 with offences punishable by fines or imprisonment.[110][111] The complete code, due for final implementation later, stipulated the death penalty for numerous offenses (both violent and non-violent), such as insult or defamation of Muhammad, insulting any verses of the Quran and Hadith, blasphemy, declaring oneself a prophet or non-Muslim, robbery, rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims, and murder. Stoning to death was the specified "method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature".

Again, what limited respect I had for the new Emperor has just about been depleted.

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For guests unfamiliar with Japanese cuisine, Western dishes such as beef and asparagus rolls were also prepared.

Come on! You're in Japan. Try some of the delicious local food.

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So they had Washoku with French wine? This combination doesn't look very Japanese traditional.

But if they really wanted to serve wine, why not one from Yamanashi?

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I think the TV commentary mentioned the Sultan is the longest-reigning of the guests. I’m no expert on the details of the protocol if such occasions but I believe that would be a deciding factor.

You're correct. From NHK:

The order of the seating is decided according to length of reign or term. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Burnei will sit on right side of the Emperor, and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will sit on left side of the Empress.

But somehow you got a downvote for being correct.

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french wine ? no support for the local Japanese drinks?

is it part of the tradition or the collaboration?

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$$$$$Another reason for this whole archaic monarchy business to be tossed out.

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wow - a room full of some of humanity's biggest and least productive people

still respect them (royals), but not as much as a doctor, a scientist or a firefighter. being born in the right bed doesn,t impress me.

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“Again, what limited respect I had for the new Emperor has just about been depleted.“

I don’t think the emperor decides the guest lists for such occasions.

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I don’t think the emperor decides the guest lists for such occasions.

You're probably correct. However, if true, then the Emperor is merely a puppet with no agency, incapable of garnering respect.

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JoeinTokyo, “However, if true, then the Emperor is merely a puppet with no agency, incapable of garnering respect.”

Do you mean you only respect those who have and wield power?

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where the heck are you guys getting your prices at? just googled "2011 Corton-Charlemagne" and you can get a bottle for between $100-150. or am i missing something?

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I am wondering why there isn’t any representative food from Fukushima mentioned?

Maybe, hereditary royals know something the masses aren’t privy to?

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It seems to me most of guests love rather hamburger steak contained lots of transfat than washoku. If Trump came, he would not eat washoku and he would order cheaper delicious hamburger and coke for dinner.

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So nice to have a gathering of super rich people congratulate each other about being super rich as tax payers wallow in ankle deep water with no power. 

Even better, most of them are super rich by taking money out of the pockets of those very same taxpayers. Nothing so gauche as earning the money themselves. Virtually every person in that room was a parasite of grand scale.

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Nero fiddled while Rome burned. This wanton extravagance contradicts Abe’s statement of doing everything he can to help those left homeless by the typhoon and floods. Most of them couldn’t even watch the ceremony.

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Just binged 2011 Corton-Charlemagne $80-$130.

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Correction -

2011  Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, COTE DE BEAUNE, FRANCE 

Average Price $ 110 / 750ml 

Aggregated Critic Score 92/100

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Can of chuhi ¥100 about. One cop noddle as Aso recommend about the same. But imported French wine and Australian beef is on the menus? Something doesn't seem fair by a longer streach of my arms. Ankle deep in mud so arms is all I have and one cup noodles.

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Do you mean you only respect those who have and wield power?

Hehe, of course not. As much as a fairly decent pampered individual born with a super silver spoon in his mouth can be respected, sure, I guess he has some respect from me (for not being a total douche). But it's hard to give any respect to his role as ineffective figurehead, one who can't even decide to not invite a barbaric jerk who wants to stone gay folks to death.

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They should have postponed it in the wake of recent events but it was probably difficult given the number of dignitaries that were invited. It's just bad luck and bad timing.

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I wouldn't know if was so great, paid my taxes but got no invite. I noticed all the mega rich did but where are the tax payers? The construction workers, laborers, clerks, dishwashers, welders, all the trades. hmmmm. And the courts rule that public tax can be used because it is a social event for the public. Not even close.

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Abigail:

A lottery for regular Japanese to attend would be a great idea.

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And a televised call for donations from the dignitaries to go towards victims of the recent disasters, with cameras following each dignitary on their pledge.

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Quertecum and Maria

The price I have is for Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru and I am using Yen as the wine is being imported to Japan (this is what my search revealed).

if the wine is Louie Latour the price (in yen) will be quite cheaper.

we would need to know which wine is being consumed but I will agree if it’s Latour it’s about 25,000 in Japan much much cheaper

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So sounds like show casing and supporting Japanese fair is not the order of the day then.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

where is my home delivery?

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Cool. The good life. Enjoy.

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