International: Spreading the Word

Japan's royal family had a busy week, informing ancestral ghosts of what the Nippon Times delicately referred to as "the termination of the war of Greater East Asia."

First the Emperor himself formally notified the spirits enshrined in the three sanctuaries of the Imperial palace. Then Prince Kimiteru Sanjo, court ritualist, took a full day at the Ise shrine, notifying the spirits of the outer shrine in the morning, the inner shrine in the afternoon. Count Kinto Muromachi passed the word to Hirohito's first Imperial ancestor, Jimmu, great-great-grandfather Ninko, greatgrandfather Komei and grandfather...

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