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Seeing the emperor of Japan

by Catalin Rolea - 3 years, 6 months ago

So in Japan if you want to see the emperor in person you can only do it on 2 occasions. He will make a public appearance at the royal palace once on on the 23rd of December , his birthday, and once on the second of January to give a speech for the beginning of the upcoming year. As I missed his birthday, I decided not to miss this opportunity while I was here , so I just went along at the palace on the second. I was pretty surprised to see how Japanese people greet their emperor. At the entry we would receive a small Japanese flag and when the emperor made its appearance you didn’t hear any cheers , any noise made , or any songs sang(like you do for example in England). No, instead people just waved the flag several times. They did not even clap. And that was it. All in a civilized organized respectful and calm way.


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