2014年12月16日

The late two emperors, born in Tokyo after the relocation of a capital to Tokyo from Kyoto, sleep in the ‘Musashiryo’ Imperial Mausoleum in Hachioji City, Tokyo.

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From the Emperor Jinmu who died in B.C.660 to the Emperor Showa in 1989, there are some 124 ex-emperors, and their mausoleums stand mainly in Kyoto and Nara as they were old capitals in Japan. The size and shape of the mounds were different from time to time, in the ancient times when emperors’ power was strong, the mounds were relatively big. On the other hand, after the Kamakura period in the 13th century when ‘samurai’ began to control Japan, the imperial mausoleum had gradually become modest. When Japan’s modernization started in the middle of the 19th century, which meant the construction of a new country following the Western countries under the banner of the Imperial Family, the Emperor Meiji, the great grand father of the present Emperor, moved to Tokyo from Kyoto. After him, the Emperors were buried in Tokyo.
The first picture shows the mound of the Emperor Showa, the father of the present Emperor, the second one is for the Empress Kojun, his Consort.

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Masahisa Takaki

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