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The Imperial Palace is located on the former site of Edo Castle in the Edo Period.
Edo Castle used to be the residence of the Tokugawa shoguns who ruled Japan from the16th century until the mid-18th century.
In 1868, the shogunate was overthrown, and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved here from Kyoto which had been the imperial capital for more than a thousand years.
The palace was once destroyed during World War Two, and rebuilt in the same style, afterwards.
The Imperial Palace is surrounded by moats and massive stone walls and the various ceremonies are held in the inner grounds of the palace
From Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, visitors can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. The next bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels, from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived.
The inner grounds of the palace are generally not open to the public. Only on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor's Birthday), visitors are able to enter the inner palace grounds and see the members of the Imperial Family, who make several public appearances on a balcony.
by ys1042734 | 2014-09-25 06:11
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