Japanese Prince Fumihito has been officially proclaimed heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne, during the “Rikkoshi-Senmei-no-gi” ceremony on 8 November 2020 at the Matsu no Ma State Room of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan.
The “Rikkoshi-Senmei-no-gi” ceremony, part of the “Rikkoshi no rei” rituals, had been postponed for seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The heir to the Imperial throne takes part in formal ceremony. pic.twitter.com/JBGH8F00P0— NHK WORLD News (@NHKWORLD_News) November 9, 2020
During the ceremony, Prince Fumihito said: “I will carry out my duties by deeply acknowledging my responsibilities as Crown Prince”.
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and members of the Imperial Family Princess Akiko, Princess Yoko of Mikasa, Princess Takamako, Princess Tsuguko, Prince Hitachi, Princess Hanako and Princess Tomohito of Mikasa, Princess Mako and Princess Kako of Akishino attended the ceremony.
Imperial family attend “Rikkoshi-Senmei-no-gi” on November 8, 2020. pic.twitter.com/BO2TkFTzdW— Prisma 😷 (@ImperialJPNfan) November 9, 2020
Japanese Emperor Naruhito only has a daughter, Princess Aiko, who is not allowed to be next in line, despite calls to change the law to allow a female heir to the throne.
Prince Fumihito wore a traditional orange robe. His wife Princess Kiko dressed a traditional kimono with “hakama” skirt.
Following the “Rikkoshi no Reimei”ceremony, Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Kiko visited the Three Palace Sanctuaries in the grounds of the Imperial Palace.
In the afternoon, Crown Prince Fumihito, alongside his wife Crown Princess Kiko, thanks Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako in a ceremony called “Choken no gi” at the Matsu no Ma State Room.
Fumihito, Prince Akishino, Crown Prince of Japan was born on 30 November 1965 as the younger son of Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko. He is the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito.
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