Emperor will visit the “country of heaven”

November 28, 2013

According to The Japan Times:

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, in a rare overseas trip, are scheduled to begin a tour of the Indian cities of New Delhi and Chennai on Nov. 30…

While the Emperor is merely the “symbol of the state” under Japan’s U.S.-imposed postwar Constitution, he retains significant influence, owing to Japanese veneration of the Imperial dynasty…

In traditional Japanese culture, India is Tenjiku (the country of heaven).

…it is expected to be one of the last foreign trips for the 79-year-old Emperor, who has undergone several major surgeries in the past decade.

To read the entire article in The Japan Times, please click here.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan

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