Emperor Naruhito plants rice seedlings at Imperial Palace
Emperor Naruhito planted rice seedlings at the Imperial Palace on May 26. This annual event was started by Emperor Showa, the current monarch's grandfather. Emperor Naruhito took part in the event for the third time since he ascended the Chrysanthemum throne in May 2019. According to his close aides, the Emperor cherishes rice cultivation, which is at the heart of agricultural culture. He takes part in the event, hoping that no big disaster will occur. The rice will be harvested in September, and will be used for various imperial rituals.