In Japan, the Emperor Akihito began a series of ceremonies that would lead to his abdication from the throne. The first part of the rituals was held in Tokyo on the territory of the emperor’s palace. Akihito, in formal court dress traditionally worn by emperors, visited the main imperial sanctuary of Kashikodokoro. The emperor told his distant ancestor, the goddess of the sun Amaterasu Omikami, about his future abdication and its date, reports Novoe Vremia.
Subsequently Akihito performed a similar ceremony in two other sanctuaries – Koreiden and Shinden, where they honor other Imperial ancestors and various deities. Later, the emperor proclaimed his desire to renounce in Nara in front of the mausoleum of the first emperor Jimmu.
Also, the Emperor will visit the sanctuary of Isa – the main Shinto shrine and mausoleum of his father Emperor Hirohito, located in Tokyo. The ceremony of renunciation will take place on April 30 in the imperial palace.
It should be reminded that in the summer of 2016, Akihito expressed readiness to renounce the throne in terms of health problems.
In this regard, the parliament of Japan adopted a special law that allowed Akihito to abdicate from the throne.
Akihito occupied the imperial throne during 27 years – in 1989 he became the heir to the emperor Hirohito, in which Japan fought in the Second World War. Officially, Akihito is considered the 125th emperor of the dynasty, which has been continuously ruling Japan since 660 BC when Jimmu became the first Japanese monarch. To date, Akihito is considered the only ruling emperor in the world.