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Introduction
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The Crown Prince and Regent, Hirohito, became the 124th emperor of Japan at the age of twenty-five, upon the death of his father, the Taish) Emperor, at 1:25 a.m. on 25 December 1926. This historical transition occurred not in Tokyo but at the Hayama detached palace, located on Sagami Bay south of the capital, where Taish) had spent his last days attended by the Crown Prince, other members of the imperial family, and court officials. In a brief accession ceremony (kenji togyo no gi) performed at 3:15 a.m., the new sovereign received the imperial seal and replicas of two of the three imperial regalia which always accompanied the Emperor, the sacred sword and jewel.1