Emperor performs last harvest ritual before abdication

Uploaded by: bobnobilo on 2018-11-25 09:40:22

Emperor Akihito has given thanks to the gods for a bountiful autumn harvest, the last time he will perform one of most important annual palace rites before abdicating next spring. Akihito conducted the Niiname ritual on Friday at an Imperial Palace shrine illuminated by torchlight as ancient music was played.…

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