Embassy of Japan: Celebrating the coronation of Japanese Emperor Naruhito

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IO – Only a day after taking an oath to serve as vice president for the next five years, Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin and his wife, Wury Ma’ruf Amin, flew to Japan to attend the coronation of the Em­peror Naruhito at The Seiden (State Hall), Imperial Palace. He was pres­ent carrying out the duties of the President representing the Indone­sian government. “I and a limited group will soon leave for Japan to represent the Indonesian Govern­ment present at the coronation ceremony of the Emperor of Japan, Naruhito,” said Ma’ruf in a written statement received by an Indepen­dent Observer reporter, Monday (10/21/2019).

Vice President Ma’ruf and his entourage flew to Japan using the BBJ-2 Presidential Aircraft from Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in East Jakarta. They departed at 10:00 a.m. and are scheduled to arrive at Narita International Air­port, Tokyo at 19.30 Japanese time. They were welcomed by Ambassa­dor Koji Inomata, former Japanese Ambassador in the Netherlands and LBBP Indonesian Ambassador in Tokyo Arifin Tasrif. After the in­auguration of the emperor, Ma’ruf is scheduled to return on Tuesday (10/22/2019). “After the corona­tion ceremony, my group and I will immediately return to Jakarta and arrive in Jakarta, God willing, Tues­day night,” said Ma’ruf.

At Halim Perdana Kusuma Air­port, the Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Masafumi Ishii saluted the Vice President’s departure with gratitude because he was able to attend the event amidst his busy schedule. Japan is the first coun­try that the vice president visits in his state visit. Ambassador Ishii has also requested the support of Vice President Ma’ruf Amin so that in the next 5 years Japan and Indo­nesia can “Work Together, Progress Together”.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, in Tokyo the coronation ceremony for the Emperor of Japan was held, at­tended by officials from more than 180 countries. Emperor Naruhito (59) and his wife, Empress Masako (55) took the throne last May in a brief traditional ceremony, but the ceremony on Tuesday (10/22) was a more complex ritual in which he officially announced changes in his status to the world.

Wearing ceremonial robes domi­nated by copper-coated outer robes, Naruhito announced: “I hereby de­clare my coronation at home and abroad.”

The ceremony, named Sokuirei- Seiden-no-gi, was carried out most­ly in silence at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, with only the sound of drums and gongs being heard. Around 2,000 guests, including for­eign officials and aristocrats, stood with a drum beat before the corona­tion announcement began.

As soon as the ceremony was over, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shouted, “Banzai!” (“Emperor’s long life”) three times.

Naruhito officially carried out his duties as Emperor on 1 May, the day after his father became the first Japanese emperor to abdicate in the last two centuries. However, the transition is not complete until his new role is officially proclaimed today. (OHW)