Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Year congratulatory palace visit

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The Tokyo Imperial palace in the Chiyoda ku, is a 7.4 square kilometer area of buildings and gardens. Originally built as the Edo castle in 1457 during the Tokunaga shogunate, the castle became the Imperial palace after the Meiji restoration.

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The palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan and is mostly off limits to the public, with the exception of two days: the Emperor birthday and on January 2nd.

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A large number of visitors come on that day to celebrate the New Year and hear the Emperor message.

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Visitors enter by crossing the famous Nijuubashi, passing the main gate, into the kyuden totei plaza.

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The imperial family greets the visitors from the balcony of the chowaden reception hall, where emperor delivers a short New Year message.

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Visitors then leave through the sakashita gate.
Happy New year to all.

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2 comments:

AdelaideBen said...

Great one... but I get the impression that there were a lot of people there. A LOT of people. Still, not something you can do every day of the year.

What was the mood of people? Was it a festive atmosphere or serious?

Thanks for bringing us the pics.

island4jp said...

Thanks, the mood of the people is very festive, you get the feeling that people really love and respect the imperial family, it is great the absolute absence of propaganda, it is a honest demonstration of respect. It is as admittedly a large crowd but it is great to be part of this kind of event.