Japan has a new emperor…and a new era (the “Reiwa” era, meaning either “fortunate” or “auspicious” and “peace” or “harmony”) has begun. There was certainly alot of media coverage of the event and attended by VIPs from all around the world.
The ascension ceremony itself was very elaborate and adhered to Japan’s century-old traditions. You can watch the full ceremony here:
I can probably imagine the ascension ceremony for Emporer Meiji being just as formal…but without the media and foreign guests. As a matter of fact, his ascension ceremony was short.
The story of how Mutsuhito became Emporer Meiji (at the age of fourteen) is something to be shared. He was the architect of the Meiji restoration after the last shogun lost power in 1868. As you will read, Emporer Meiji, made dramatic changes to Japan…carried on to this day.
An incredible and inspiring young man. He is a credit to his family and village! If there is anything to take away from this, it’s that you should never hold back or give up on helping your fellow man, no matter how big or small you can contribute.
Also, I hope this act of love will be a wake-up call to those who can reach out to under-developed areas…such as musician Akon has done, and help where they can.
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