THE JAPANESE EMPEROR.
The Emperor of Japan Is rich. He Is allowed £1,000,000 a year for his household department, and hit private fortune fa large and Increasing. He thoroughly understands business matters, and keeps himself well la-formed as to his investments, Some of these ara In the public lands aad roads, and they are, of course, managed, by officials appointed, by him. The household department has to do with all matters relating to the imperial palaoe and to the Mikado, It prescribes the ceremonies, and attends to matters connected with the life of the Emperor and Empress. It han a board of ohamberlalns, a board of ceremonies, a department which takes oare of tbe Emperor's horses, and one whioh has oharge of the Imperial sepulchres. It oontalns a bureau of nine Imperial phyaiolans. Prince Iwakur* is grand master of the Imperial kitchen and the oooklng. His Majesty Is » very studious man. Ho rises early, and breakfast at seven or eight o'olook. He uses the knife and fork In eating when he takes foralgn food, and he adopts the chopsticks at his Japanese dinners; He aata at a table and sits upon chairs. He varies his meals, sometimes taking foreign food and sometimes Japanese* He is fond of moat*, and has a well-trained Japanese cook to serve them for him. It Is not customary for him to eat with the Empress, and he usually eats alone. After breakfast is over he goes to his study, and at nine o'olook he receives snob Ministers of Stats as hare matters to report to him. His audlenoes with them often last until twelve o'clock; He then returns to his own room and takes his lunch, This usually oomists of fish, meats, bread and wines. He Is a good pater and likes good wine; After ianou the Emperor spends some tlmo m reading the newspapers and books. All the leading Japanese newspapers pome to the palaoe, and he watohes olosely the current of publlo opiuon. Many of the newspapers are marked, and In (he cue of the foreign papers, the more pro-r mlnent artloles are translated for him, Articles In the New York, London, and Paris papers whioh have a bearing upon Japan are also translated and handed to him to road, and he is espeolally fond of the Illustrated foreign papers. After reading he takes his exercise, and dinner oomea In the evening. Sometimes the Empreßs dines with him, and at times the little prince who is the heir to the throne has a seat at the table. Both have, however, their separate establishments. Tbo dinner is served m table d' hote style, and with all the European accompaniments. His majesty io especially fond of horseback riding a Ho has 'pbout three hundred horses m the imperial mews, and he elta p horse well. He b.as a big race-track m the grounds of the new palaoe, and he is much interested In horse-breeding as well its m korte-raoing. He attends the races m Tokio and Yokohama, and is fond of watching his nobles play polo. This game is often played iDeide the palace grounds, and the Emperor hunts deer and wild pigs on his preserves. He shoots well, but as a rule he prefers to watch the others hunt. Another favorita pursuit of the iLmpsror is duck-netting, and there will be opportunities for this sport" m the Dew palaoe groupdp. ' As jua other sports he prefers to look on, thpugb, tie sometimes throws ft net bimsalf,
Permanent link to this item
THE JAPANESE EMPEROR., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2104, 10 April 1889
THE JAPANESE EMPEROR. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2104, 10 April 1889
Using This Item
See our copyright guide for information on how you may use this title.