Crown Prince Akihito of Japan and his Fiance Michiko Shoda left their respective residences about 07.00 hours local time on April the 10th and drove to the Imperial Palace in downtown Tokyo.
SHOWS THREE CAMERA COVERAGE OF EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE WEDDING CEREMONY.
NOTES TO EDITORS
To achieve next night transmission by several national television stations in Europe of this event in Japan, VISNEWS has:
(1) used the S.A.S. Polar flight to Copenhagen.
(2) Processed an syndicated from Copenhagen.
(3) Shipped uncut and, in some cases, undeveloped prints where necessary to catch early flights.
(4) Pre-doped the story as far as possible. The dope includes:
a. the above summary of the event.
b. copies of the cameramen's dope sheet to match the uncut prints.
c. background notes.
d. a late summary of news agency reports if these add any significant points.
If any further editorial material is required, you may find it helpful to refer to our recent stories leading up to the Wedding. They are Production Numbers 11036, 11267, 0385/59, 1828/59, 2237/59, 2449/59.
PRODUCTION NO. 2516 SHOWS THREE CAMERA COVERAGE OF EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE WEDDING CEREMONY.
PRODUCTION NO. 2517 IS A TELE-RECORDING OF THE CEREMONY ITSELF.
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Background: Crown Prince Akihito of Japan and his Fiance Michiko Shoda left their respective residences about 07.00 hours local time on April the 10th and drove to the Imperial Palace in downtown Tokyo. There, both of them changed into traditional Shinto Wedding robes at the Kuretakeryo building in the Palace grounds. At about 10.00 hours they walked a short distance from there under an awning to the Palace Shrine called Kashikodokoro, where Shinto Priests conducted the wedding ceremony which was attended by about 1,000 guests. After the ceremony, which lasted about twenty minutes the couple retired to change back into western clothes and have lunch. After lunch, the couple were received by Emperor Hirohito and then drove through the streets in an open carriage from the Palace to Akihito's mansion, where a second but less important ceremony took place.