JAPAN: Obeisance

Bronze gongs throbbed softly and with stiff rustling of robes the Shinto priests bowed low to the ground, for in the confines of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tsugu-no-Miya Akihito, Crown Prince of Japan, last week was worshipping his illustrious ancestors. Utterly oblivious to the solemnity of the occasion was Tsugu-no-Miya Akihito, for His Celestial Highness last week was just three months old, a little round buttonhead of a baby, swaddled and lying on a brocaded pillow in the arms of his nurse. In solemn procession, Prince, pillow and nurse went first...

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