Hello, this is TORA.

I think it was in elementary school. What is an emperor?
It is a “symbol” of Japan. Huh…
Even if you say so… Do you remember a moment like this from your childhood?

What is an emperor?

According to the Japanese Constitution, the emperor assumes a “symbolic” position, which is determined by the consensus of the Japanese people.

The Japanese emperor has prestige, but no power.
Although prestige generates from long years of experience and tradition,
the emperor’s prominence originates from Japan’s efforts in “deification” of the emperor, otherwise known as “Zoushin Undou”.

Also, the emperor’s family is responsible for acting as the highest body of oracle in “Shintoism”, which is a religion in Japan.
The myriad of Japanese gods, such as mountain gods, rice field gods, restroom gods, and even gods in smartphone applications are all based on Shintoism.

Besides, according to the first article of the first chapter of the Japanese Constitution:
“the Emperor shall be the symbol of the State and of the unity of the People, deriving his position from the will of the people with whom resides sovereign power”.

Although the word, “emperor” may not mean much to foreigners,
to us Japanese people, it signifies more than just a position, but our Japanese Spirit.

By the way, an emperor is an even greater position than a king.

To summarize,

the emperor is the person who wishes for the happiness of all Japanese people.
In other words, the emperor’s job is to pray for the peace of the country, and for the well-being of the people.

Are you interested in knowing more about the emperor?

I would love for you to know more and think about the Japanese emperor.
That’s all for today.

Otsukaresama deshita.