President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Tokyo on October 21 to attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito, to be held on October 22, and in addition visited a Buddhist temple in Tokyo the place he planted a Bodhi sapling, which he carried from India.
That is the primary presidential go to to Japan from India after a spot of 19 years. The final presidential go to was in 1990 when the then president, Ramaswamy Venkatraman, attended the enthronement ceremonies of Emperor Emeritus Akihoto who stepped down final 12 months.
The president arrived in Tokyo within the morning after concluding his five-day state go to to the Philippines.
He will probably be attending the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito on October 22, the Rashtrapati Bhawan tweeted.
Mr. Kovind later visited the Tsukiji Hongwanji Buddhist temple, which can also be a well-liked pilgrimage vacation spot.
“Delighted to visit and pay respects at the Tsukiji Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Tokyo. At the Temple, planted a Bodhi sapling that I carried from India. This sapling would grow in its new august surroundings and symbolise the Indo-Japan civilisational ties and our common heritage,” the president tweeted in each English and Japanese.
The enthronement ceremony of 59-year-old Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne marks the excessive level of succession rituals that started in Could and can final via the spring.
Tuesday’s ceremony permits Mr. Naruhito to proclaim himself Japan’s 126th emperor in a ritual courting again to the seventh century.
Mr. Naruhito has been a full-fledged emperor since succeeding in Could after the abdication of his father, Akihito.
Throughout his three-day go to, Mr. Kovind may even work together with the Indian group within the Japanese capital.
On the afternoon in October 23, he’ll journey in a superfast practice to Kakegawa metropolis, which homes a lot of Japanese corporations.
There he’ll take part within the basis ceremony of Sino Soto, a spot which will probably be developed as a temple with house for meditation, yoga and as a centre to focus on Indian custom and tradition, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs mentioned in a press release forward of his go to.