Japan’s Imperial succession parade route decided
TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The government’s committee on ceremonies relating to the Imperial succession has settled on the parade route the Emperor and Empress will take on Oct. 22 for the Imperial procession by motorcar after the Ceremony of the Enthronement.
The government’s committee on ceremonies relating to the Imperial succession has settled on the parade route the Emperor and Empress will take on Oct. 22 for the Imperial procession by motorcar after the Ceremony of the Enthronement.
The procession, featuring the Imperial couple in a convertible car, is scheduled to last about 30 minutes and cover an about 4.6-kilometer course from the Imperial Palace to the Akasaka Imperial Palace.
The parade is to be held after the Ceremony of the Enthronement of the Emperor at the State Hall of the Imperial Palace, where the Emperor proclaims his enthronement and receives felicitations from Japanese and foreign representatives. The day will be recognized as a national holiday this year.
The Emperor and Empress are scheduled to ride in Toyota Motor Corp.’s new Century convertible. Crown Prince Akishino, who became koshi (the status for the first in line to the Imperial throne), his wife, Crown Princess Kiko, and the prime minister and chief cabinet secretary, are among others set to take part in the motorcade.
The procession is to leave the Imperial Palace’s main gate, which faces the Palace Plaza, passing the Nijubashimae district and the Sakuradamon crossing, in front of the Metropolitan Police Department, before taking a road that heads directly toward the main gate of the Diet Building.
It then makes a right turn onto Aoyama-dori avenue at the Hirakawacho crossing, and passes the Akasaka-Mitsuke area and the Aoyama-Itchome crossing before arriving at the Akasaka Imperial Palace.
When the previous imperial succession parade was held in 1990, about 117,000 people celebrated the enthronement of the Emperor, lining the streets and waving the Japanese flag.
The committee, chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, chose this route from among two other options — the 1990 parade route that is almost identical to the route taking Aoyama-dori avenue and the 1993 wedding parade route that ran from Shinjuku-dori avenue and Yotsuya Station — by considering visibility of the parade and other factors.
The committee finalized the route because the distance of the path going underneath the elevated Metropolitan Expressway over Aoyama-dori avenue is shorter than the 1990 route.
Banquet filled with arts
The committee also decided details of a cultural event at a banquet to be hosted by the prime minister and his wife on Oct. 23.
Kyogen play actor Nomura Mansai, kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo and bunraku puppeteer Yoshida Tamao have been invited to perform “Sanbaso” an ancient folk dance praying for productiveness of grains.
That is to be followed by a noh performance titled “Shakkyo” (Stone Bridge), performed by Kanze Kiyokazu and his son Saburota. The banquet is for about 900 people attending the Ceremony of the Enthronement, which includes heads of states and ambassadors.