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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 07, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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place November 10 in Kyoto, the an
cient capital, will be more impressive
than the coronation of the czar of
i It will be more gorgeous that the
great durbar in India.
It will, in facVbe-lhe most wonder
ful ceremony in the world but it will
also be the funniest to the eyes of
t' 3 western world.
All the ancient rites and customs
will be observed. Already on the tops
of the highest mountains throughout
Japan, including the famous sacred
mountain Fuji-yama, fires have been
lighted. That is one of the century
old ways of announcing to the people
that the coronation of their emperor
is approaching.
The coronation will be conducted
an a grander, vaster scale than was
the great funeral of the old emperor
Mutshito, two years ago.
Another funny thing about it is
that there is no state reason for a
coronation. ceremony. According to
custom dating from the reign of the
first heaven-born mikado, Yoshihito
became emperor, when breath left his
venerable father's body.
The old emperor did not have a
coronation because he was sacred
from birth, but Yoshihito, who was
the son of his father's favorite concu
bine, did not become a "direct de
scendant of heaven'r until his father's
death made him emperor. Hence the
coming elaborate ceremony to im
press his people.
It has been delayed two years, dur
ing which time Yoshihito has sat on
the throne, because the gods that
guard Japan would have been greatly
offended had the coronation cere
mony been held during the year of
mourning that followed the death of
old Mutshito.
It was delayed still another year
because of the ill health of Emperor
Yoshihito, who has never been
strong. Now, however, Tokyo and
Kyoto in fact, the whole country are
busy preparing for the great event
Only a favored few will see the
t actual ceremony, but afterward In
the Taka-Mikura, or great throne pa
vilion, the emperor will receive the
envoys of all the world in a pageant
that will dazzle the eyes.
He will be dressed in kimonos that
are priceless and have been treas
ured for years. The outer robe is
yellow silk, but as one loots closely
it can be seen that the robe is covered
with delicate embroidery of flowers,
worked in gold thread. Mf
The cap is black with a funny wav
ing plume which really is a sacred
emblem and plays an important part
in the shinto, rites. In his hand the
emperor holds a piece of wood called
a shaka, which also' figures in the
shinto rites. On his feet are clogs of
red and black lacquer which have
formed part of the coronation cos
tume from the time when Japanese
history merged into mythology.
The empress will occupy a smaller
throne at the left of her lord and
master. She will wear more than a
dozen kimonos for that is a sign of
a high-born woman. Like the em
peror her outer kimond will be of yel
low silk and gold, but t!he under ones
will be of green and purple. Her hair
will be dressed in the ancient style
with two long silk tassels hanging
from a priceless jewel piece on her
The throne room in which they will
receive after the crowning ceremony
is in the center of the shishin-den or
great hall of the wonderful palace in
Kyoto, the ancient capital.
Japan, in spite of the burden of war
debts, is hailing the expensive coro
nation ceremony with delight, for
there has been no such event since:
1868, more than a dozen years after
Commodore Perry had opened the
doors of Japan to the world.
o o .-
Teacher Now, Johnny, correct)
this sentence: "I didn't have no fun at;
the, s,easidp."
Johnny You should have gotten ;
ft sweetheart .?
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