Reframe Japan, Wabi-Sabi

Emperor of Japan

As regards Emperor of Japan

The Emperor of Japan is the head of the Imperial Family and the head of state of Japan. Under the 1947 constitution, he is defined as "the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people."

Historically, he was also the highest authority of the Shinto religion. In Japanese, the Emperor is called Tenno (天皇, Tennou), literally "heavenly sovereign". In English, the use of the term Mikado (帝 or 御門) for the Emperor was once common, but is now considered obsolete.

Currently, the Emperor of Japan is the only head of state in the world with the English title of "Emperor". The Imperial House of Japan is the oldest continuing monarchical house in the world. The historical origins of the Emperors lie in the late Kofun period of the 3rd-7th centuries AD, but according to the traditional account of the Kojiki (finished 712) and Nihon Shoki (finished 720), which is the oldest and the second oldest extant chronicle in Japan, Japan was founded in 660 BC by Emperor Jimmu, who was said to be a direct descendant of the sun-goddess Amaterasu.

As stated before, the Kojiki is the oldest extant chronicle and therefore, the truth is hidden behind a veil of mystery.

Although emperors from Emperor Jinmu to Emperor Chuai are presumed to be legendary because content of the Kojiki and the Nihon Shoki are mythological and stories, including those about the existence of Emperor Jimmu, are not considered as historical facts in historical science today, Emperor Jinmu was the very first emperor.

From my perspective, as indicated from others, diligence, compliant and obedient to authority are traditionally part of the Japanese character and the Emperor of Japan was very beloved. On New Year Celebration and the Emperor's Birthday, so many people visit the Palace to offer their congratulations. For the New Year Greeting, the Emperor and Imperial Family members make “special appearances” on the balcony of the Chowaden Hall of the Palace seven times to receive the public's New Year greetings. A whole lot of people try to participate in, however, it is overcrowded every time.

Koukyo, Tokyo Imperial Palace