Photo/IllutrationEmperor Naruhito on Sept. 19 harvests rice that he had planted in May. (Provided by the Imperial Household Agency)

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Wearing boots, Emperor Naruhito on Sept. 19 reaped 100 loads of rice stalks from a small paddy in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, the first harvest since his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne in May.

Naruhito’s grandfather, Emperor Hirohito (1901-1989), posthumously known as Emperor Showa, started rice farming on the premises of the palace to reflect upon farmers’ hard work in growing their crops.

Naruhito’s father, now Emperor Emeritus Akihito, later took over the practice.

In May, Naruhito planted Nihonmasari, an ordinary grain, and Mangetsumochi, a glutinous variety, in the paddy.

The crops are said to be up to average.