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    Top Hats, headgear of London Gentlemen for over a century, now take pride of place in Japanese wedding protocol, as the old established firm of Christy hurries through an order for 54 for the wedding of Crown Prince Akihito of Japan in April.

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    Top Hats, headgear of London Gentlemen for over a century, now take pride of place in Japanese wedding protocol, as the old established firm of Christy hurries through an order for 54 for the wedding of Crown Prince Akihito of Japan in April.

    The Japanese Ministry of Trade has allocated ?1500 for the 'emergency import' of top hats, to be made in France and in Gt. Britain.

    Crown Prince Akihito will marry a commoner, Miss Michiko Skoda, at a ceremony in the Imperial Palace.

    Usually an Imperial wedding consists of three parts:- the Kekkon-no-Gi (the wedding ceremony), the Choken-no-Gi (the meeting of the wedded couple and the Emperor and the Empress) and the Shukuen-no-Gi (the Imperial banquet).

    Besides the above three, which will be observed as state ceremonies, the following seven events are scheduled as traditional Imperial Household rituals:
    1. The Nosai-no-Gi (completed January 14).

    2. The Kokki-no-Gi - The date of the wedding ceremony is officially announced to the bride's family by an Imperial emissary.

    3. Reports to the Three Shrines - A proxy of the Crown. Prince reports the wedding before the three shrines (Kashi-ko-dokoro, Koreiden and Shinden) in the Imperial Palace on the morning of the wedding day.

    4. Worship of Two Shrines - The wedded couple offers worship to Koreiden and Shinden after the wedding ceremony is completed at Kashiko-dokoro.

    5. The Kuzen-no-Gi - The wedded couple takes their first dinner together at the Togu Palace.

    6. The Mikayo-no-Mochi-no-Gi - Mochi (rice cakes) are resented before the shrines to celebrate the occasion on wedding evening.

    7. Worship of Ise Shrine and Imperial mausolea - The couple offers worship to Ise Shrine and three Imperial mausolea, including those of Emperor Jimmu, Emperor Taisho and Empress Teimei.

    All the ceremonies will be observed under Shinto rites.

    A total expenditure of 20 million yen is already appropriated in the national budget.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADBT40OF9ADNPL1MAYKYYZKBMK
    Media URN:
    VLVADBT40OF9ADNPL1MAYKYYZKBMK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/03/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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