The first ceremony related to the abdication of Emperor Akihito took place on March 12th 2019 at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo.
This ceremony was designed by the Emperor himself. He wanted to inform the ancestors of the Imperial Family and the gods of his abdication and the date on which it will take place.
They were around 40 people. Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino and his wife, and Princess Kiko also attended, as well as members of the Imperial Household Agency and the headquarters of the Imperial Guard.
At 10 a.m. in Japan, Emperor Akihito, dressed in the traditional korozen-no-goho garb created for the exclusive use of the monarch, entered Kashikodokoro. It is one of the three shrines of the Imperial Palace, in which it is said that the imperial ancestor Amaterasu-Omikami is consecrated.