Tour Report on Nov.16th (tour of The East Garden of the Imperial Palace)
Thank you for joining our tour of The East Garden of the Imperial Palace on Nov.16th. We had 24 guests. They were from Argentine (1), Australia (2), Brazil (2), Colombia (3), Indonesia (1), Philippine (1), Singapore (3), Taiwan (2) and U.S.A. (10) .
It was a sunny and warm day. Our guests enjoyed walking and taking pictures of historic sites in the autumnal garden.
From Nov.14th evening to 15th dawn, the Great Thanksgiving festival called “Daijo-sai” was taken place at the Honmaru site in The East Garden of the Imperial Palace.
This was a ritual of the first offering of rice by the newly-enthrone Emperor. The ceremony is performed once in his reign based on the traditional form of the imperial family since late 7th century.
The ritual was exclusively performed by the Emperor with few maidens at the newly built shrine in the garden. The Emperor offered rice and foods to his ancestors, and also prayed for the peace of the nation and thanked Gods for the rich harvest.
The Imperial Household Agency is announcing that this shrine will be opened to the public from Nov.21st to Dec. 8th .
Why not coming to The East Garden of the Imperial Palace and see the shrine that the traditional ceremony was performed !