Golden phoenixes and 16-petal crests: Japan’s Emperor Naruhito to take seat on Chrysanthemum Throne

22-Oct-2019 Intellasia | Telegraph | 6:02 AM Print This Post

About a year ago, a convoy of eight trucks drove from the Japanese city of Kyoto to the capital Tokyo. The route may sound commonplace but what they were carrying was definitely not.

Inside, were the dismantled components of perhaps the nation’s most precious cargo: the Chrysanthemum Throne, a vast, regal canopied structure standing 21 feet tall, adorned with ornate laquerware and mythical phoenix statues.

On Tuesday, this impressive throne known as Takamikura will be centre stage as Emperor Naruhito takes part in a centuries-old enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo before the eyes of the nation, as well as hundreds of gathered foreign dignitaries.

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