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THE SUNDAY OKEnOXIAX, PORTLA.VD, XOVE3IRER 7, mi.T
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7"!e coronation of the Japanese
Emperor is said lo be the oldest of
existing ceremonies. All is severe
imposing. Though descended, as the
Emperor is supposed to be, from the
dazzling sun goddess of old, Ama
tersu O-Mikami, his garb is not of
the colors of the sun. It is somber
almost, suggestive of the responsibil
ity) ivhich he had that day assumed.
The Emperor is the descendant of ant
unbroken line of 75 generations of
rulers, and to the faith-thrilled mind
of the peopleof Yamato he is a liv
ing god upon a throne.
NEW, 20th century, democratic
Japan is about to crown its 124th
Mikado. The present inauguration will
airierent in many ways from those
that have grone before, for the reign
ot the great Mutsuhito, whose rule
nearly spans the last 60 years, has
been fraught with great changes for
Japan. A parliament has been created,
two wars have been fought, manufac
ture and commerce have been given a
tremendous Impetus and a vast, mys
terious empire has come out into the
But with the coronation itself the
spirit of the long ago Is over all. This
coronation is thought to be the old
est of existing ceremonies and, to be
appreciated by the Western mind,
should be grasped In its entirety. One
must go back as the Japanese go back,
not merely to 75 generations of rulers,
but farther still, to the very mists of
history and beyond, to the time when
written record and traditions were not
and the world of aeon old gods existed
in glittering, golden sunlight.
For it was in that inconceivably dis
tant time that the magical sun goddess
Amatersu O-Mlkaml placed the son of
her child. Jlmmu Tenno, on the throne
in the land of Yamato. Decreed thus
divinely to rule, the eye that is
lightened by faith can see the long:
line of the Mikados coming down from
tlie tradition enshrouded days of the
past to the secular days of the pres
ent. More even than that the Oriental
heart believes that tho people of Ya
mato themselves have sprung from- di
vine conceptions and that from that
long-gone natal day when the first
generation passed from the living
world to the world invisible each single
soul mingled In ghostly company with
the gods themselves.
So it has gone' on, year after year,
generation after generation, until the
'Banaai!" shout the Japanese after
the coronation, holding high their lan
terns and wishing their new emperor
10.000 years ot glory. "Love" and "de
votion'" it means, and from the hum
blest to the proudest it is on all lins
And on thut night of November 10
The "Kashikodokoro" occupies
the central position in the Imperial
sanctuary in the Palace, Tokyo. It
may be translated as the "Place of
Reverence," and it is ivhere a dupli
cate of the Divine Mirror, one -of the
Three Sacred Treasures, is en
shrined. The Mirror represents the
every house in Japan will hang out a heartbeat.
lantern and bands will play in every It is only a moment that the em
part of the empire and citizens make peror ascends three steps, reaches the
processions wondrously vivid in color.
The night, indeed, wjjl be a miracle of
shooting stars from the Reworks of
fered up in every part of the land.
Since the capital of the empire has
changed from ancient Kyoto to modern
Tokio, the emperor must travel some
300 miles in order that the ceremonies
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ceremony Is the last, an earlier one
preceding it. For within twenty-four
hours of an emperor dying his succes
sor la promptly inaugurated with vari
ous less important ceremonlasi In th.
royal palace at Tokio. So his majesty
Toshihite really became ruler of th
land on July SI. 19ls It mic-ht .! K .
noted that the formal enthronement
w. . ioi year . it
the dowager empress had not died and
everything: had. to ba postponed for a
year. There are three interesting material
badges which the emperor must pos
sess In order that he may rale. They
are . the sacred mirror, ths sacred
sword, and the sacred jewel, and they
have come down to him from his for
bears of the ancient world. All of
those, guarded by a hundred precau
tions, are carried with the emperor '
when he makes his journey to Kyoto.
Kyoto, the spot which has housed the
emperors for nearly a thousand years,
is a beautiful city, lying in a valley
lined on three sides with deep, luxuri
ant woods. The maples will all be in
their scarlet glory and the town
aflame with fluttering: flags.
At The appointed nour on the morn
ing: of the 10th the imperial palace
will be thrown open and the progress
of the emperor and his suite through
Kyoto will be one of magnificence.
While the emperor is dressing the
princes and great officials will don the
ceremonial attire, all in costly robes.
Nov. 6 The Emperor and Em
press leave for Kolo.
Nov. 7 The "Kashikodokoro"
enshrined at Shunko-den Palace.
Nov. 10 Morning, coronation
before " Kashilodokoro" ; afternoon,
coronation ceremony at Shishin-den.
-Nov. II Sacred music and
dance before "Kashikodokoro."
Nov. 12 Imperial messengers
depart for imperial shrine in the
Nov. 13 "Chinkori" service.
Nov I4"Daijo" festival.
Nov. 16 Post-coronation ban
quet, first day.
Nov. 17 Post-coronation ban
quet, second day.
Nov. 17 Post-coronation ban
Nov. 20 The Emperor visits
the great shrine of Ise.
Nov. 24 The Emperor visits
the Mausoleum of Ejnperor Jimmu.
Nov. 25 The Emperor, visits
the Mausoleum of Emperor Meiji.
Nov. 26 The Emperor visits
the Mausolia of Emperors Komei,
Ninko and Kokaku.
Nov. 27 The Emperor leaves
Nov. 28 The "Kashikodok oro ,
returns to Tokyo.
The Barl of the emperor is somber al-
most as the ceremonv ) afis..,- n n
impressive beyond words. Though de
scended from the goddess of the sun.
no reflection of her glory is evident in
the robes of the mikado. The ceremony
is derived from the cult of the dead,
and the spirit of the dead must not be
There is a ceremony in the morning,
and then in the afternoon there is a
real one. It takes place In only one
temple, at the Shlshindon. There are
seats there for some 2000 representa
tives. The great Sokui rife is the
actual culmination of all the ceremo
nies, the moment when a nation of
70,000,000 souls will throb to a slnirla
piatiorm,- ana takes In silence the
scepter from the hand of the chamber
lain. This Is the act, the Sokui, which
makes him the emperor. Then be en
ters the curtained pavilion, sits upon
the throne, and then the hieh officials,
looping back the curtain, reveal him to
tne tnron8T. After the emperor ha
read tna imperial speech the prima
BEFORE THE "KASHIKODOKORO"
rPHE coronation proper consists of
tw eParate ceremonials, one la
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misister takes his place by the flag presence of the member of the impe
. and shouts "Banzai!" The whole as- rial family, high officials end court
"mbly in unit take it up "Bansai!"
"Bansai!" "Banzai!" "Live lord live
iw.ooo years! and the emperor re
mony, at which the Emperor formally
aoQuires the three sacred treasures,
ana prays tor me prosperity of his
reign. In the afternoon the Emperor,
rcigu. in me anernoon tne Emperor,
who had thus solemnised his enthrone:
ment before his ancestors.
dignitaries, as well as the representa-
tives of foreign powers, he formally
announces his reign from the "1
mikura," or imperial throne. The
Prime Minister, representing the entire
people of Japan, respectfully offers
congratulating- and felicitations, as
well as leading the three "Bansai!"
"Long live the Emperor!"
The morning ceremonial is held
he Shunko-den Palace, where the
"KaanHtodokoro" wfu bo enshrined.
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The Kenrei-mon gat. and the Ken-
"Dul i-mun i.i-a mua me mh-
6hu" to the south and to the
about the gates. Outside the gates the
Imperial Bodyguard will be placed.
From early hours Of the morning
Ministers of State, high officials of
the government and officers of the
army and navy, court dignitaries,
peers, foreign envoys and their wives
will begin to assemble in the com
pound of the Shunko-den. The men
will be attired in court dress with
white trousers. In full drees as for
evening", or in' uniform. The women,
will wear special ceremonial robes.
The ritualists and other officials in
charge of the cermorty will wear an
cient court costumes. ,
The Crown Prince, Princes and
Princesses of blood and other members
of the imperial family assemble at
the Giyoden Palace, which is situated
between the Shunko-den Palace and
the 8hlshin-den Palace, and is acces
sible by a corridor from both palaces.
Their Majesties the Emperor and
Empress, followed by their suites, also
"'" wnere they
costumes before going to
arrive at this
palace, where they
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