This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX "THE SENDING AWAY" OF AN EMPRESS Tokyo's two millions and the funeral pageant of the Empress Dowager--Elaborate ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX "THE SENDING AWAY" OF AN EMPRESS Tokyo's two millions and the funeral pageant of the Empress Dowager--Elaborate ceremonial and popular grief--"The foreign visitors"--The silent multitude--Old and new Japan in the great procession--L'envoi of the Emperor. During my first stay in Tokyo, the great city, the whole Empire in fact, was under the cloud of a very recent death of consequence in the imperial family--that of the Empress Dowager, the widow of the late Meiji Emperor, a lady much beloved by the imperial family and the people at large, by none more than by the young Emperor, Yoshihito. His grief indeed was said to be pathetic to witness, for the Empress Dowager had been mother and counsellor and guide to him as to his father. Yet he was not her son, his real mother being a lady of the palace still living near Tokyo, but separated from him since infancy by immutable law and immemorial custom in the case of an heir to the throne. One of the glories of Nippon is that direct thirteen-century-long descent of the Mikadoate in the heir male which has signalized it and the physiological observer may, without offence to the sensitive, state that it would be against all human probabilities to expect the titular Empresses of fifty generations always to provide a son for the throne. At any rate the rule is old and absolute that a son of the Mikado is a Prince of the Blood Imperial, and if he is otherwise bodily and mentally qualified may by the decision of the Emperor be named Crown Prince and so in the sad inevitable takings of time, succeed him. And thus it has been. All court and public functions were suspended: mourning was prescribed, and the Shinto imperial ritual exhausted in ceremonial grief, renaming for the heavenly world, and...Read Less
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