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‘Extremely Evil Misconduct’: Thailand’s Palace Intrigue Spills Into View – The New York Times

Six months after King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s coronation, aide after aide has been ousted and denounced, even as he moves to bolster his authority. BANGKOK — The denunciations have swirled through Thailand’s gilded palaces with the rhetorical extravagance of a Shakespearean history. The official consort to the king was accused of trying …

Gold, silk, lacquer: the kit and garb of Japan’s imperial ceremony

RARELY seen outfits, elaborate thrones and ancient paraphernalia adorn Tuesday’s sacred and sumptuous ceremony marking the formal ascension of Emperor Naruhito to Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne. The new emperor took the throne earlier this year after his father Akihito’s abdication, but the proclamation ceremony cements the transition in stunning style. Here …