Japan's Emperor Naruhito, centre, walks toward Yukiden, one of two main halls of the shrine for Daijosai at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Photo: Kyodo

Japanese Emperor Naruhito spends night with sun goddess in final accession ritual

  • The Daijosai rite has prompted lawsuits from critics who say it echoes Japan’s militaristic past and violates the separation of church and state
  • Although Daijosai existed more than 1,000 years ago, the current ritual largely took its form in the late 1800s
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Japan's Emperor Naruhito, centre, walks toward Yukiden, one of two main halls of the shrine for Daijosai at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Photo: Kyodo
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