Sokutai

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Emperor Akihito, then Crown Prince, newly-wed wearing a sokutai and holding a shaku.

The sokutai (束帯?) is a complex attire worn only by courtiers, aristocrats and the Emperor at the Japanese imperial court. Parts of a sokutai are the shaku (?), a flat ritual baton or sceptre, and a hat called kanmuri (?).

No longer in normal use, the sokutai is however still worn by imperial court members, including the Imperial family and government officials such as the Prime Minister on rare occasions, such as weddings and enthronement ceremonies.

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