Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have visited Ise Shrine in central Japan for a traditional ritual to report the completion of the Emperor's enthronement ceremonies.
People in Tokyo got the chance to tour a ceremonial complex inside the Imperial Palace grounds, before it's torn down next month.
Japan's Emperor Naruhito has performed the main rite of the Daijosai, or Great Thanksgiving Ceremony, an enthronement ritual performed once in an Emperor's reign.
Japan's Emperor and Empress made a procession through the heart of Tokyo in an open-top limousine as crowds celebrated Emperor Naruhito's enthronement. The parade started at the Imperial Palace at 3:00 p.m. The Emperor and Empress made their way in a car to their home on the grounds of the Akasaka Estate. The route was 4.6 kilometers long.
The Imperial procession will be starting at 3:00 p.m. Japan time on Sunday. Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will leave the Imperial Palace, and parade through an area near the National Diet building -- the political center home to some of the political parties' headquarters -- and then along Aoyama-dori, famed for its high-end fashion stores and restaurants. The Imperial couple will finally make their way to the Akasaka residence.
Tokyo police are stepping up security for the Imperial procession taking place later on Sunday to mark Emperor Naruhito's accession to the throne. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has set up a "top security division" under the leadership of its chief. About 26,000 officers, including 3,000 from other prefectures, are being mobilized.
A celebration of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement has taken place in front of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The Emperor and Empress appeared for the ceremonial part of the event, which was attended by about 30,000 people. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a congratulatory address. Then an orchestra performed a suite composed especially for the occasion, titled "Ray of Water". The Emperor thanked the well-wishers. He referred to the serious damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis last month and the recent torrential rains. He expressed deep condolences for people who lost lives and for those who have been affected by the disasters.
Japan's Emperor and Empress have held a tea party for royalty visiting Japan from abroad to attend the enthronement ceremony of the Emperor.
"Kyoen-no-gi" is a series of banquets celebrating the imperial enthronement. Today's is the first of four marking the occasion. About 400 guests, including heads of state and government, were in attendance and offered their congratulations to Emperor Naruhito.
The Tokyo Tower is among businesses around the country marking this historic occasion. Visitors to the iconic tourist attraction can buy commemorative tickets, available today only.
Meanwhile, a farmer in an area devastated by Typhoon Hagibis says he appreciates the Imperial procession being postponed so the government can focus on recovery efforts.
Having previously succeeded to the Imperial Throne in accordance with the Constitution of Japan and the Special Measures Law on the Imperial House Law, I now perform the Ceremony of Enthronement at the Seiden State Hall and proclaim my enthronement to those at home and abroad.
I deeply reflect anew that for more than 30 years on the Throne, His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus constantly prayed for the happiness of the people and world peace, always sharing in the joys and sorrows of the people, and showing compassion through his own bearing. I pledge hereby that I shall act according to the Constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people of Japan, while always wishing for the happiness of the people and the peace of the world, turning my thoughts to the people and standing by them.
I sincerely hope that our country, through our people’s wisdom and unceasing efforts, achieves further development and contributes to the friendship and peace of the international community and the welfare and prosperity of humankind.
He made the declaration from the Takamikura throne in the State Hall. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe followed with a congratulatory message on behalf of the public before leading three rounds of banzai, a traditional Japanese exclamation for long life.
78 officials were supposed to line up outside the Imperial Palace courtyard during the "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi". But the Imperial Household Agency decided to reduce this number to 25 at the last minute due to the downpour.
Empress Masako, in an ancient-style kimono and hairstyle, visited the Imperial sanctuaries.
Emperor Naruhito performed a ritual at the Imperial sanctuaries, a group of shrines in the Palace.
The Emperor visited the three Imperial sanctuaries. There, he reported to the Sun Goddess, the souls of his ancestors, and various deities that the enthronement ceremony would be held today.
The Emperor and Empress have arrived at the palace. The Emperor will soon visit the three Imperial sanctuaries.
Final preparations are underway at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo for Tuesday's enthronement ceremony of Japan's emperor. Backstories has the details of the ceremony.
What to watch at the Emperor's enthronement ceremonies
The latest NHK opinion poll shows that a large majority of people feel familiarity with Japan's imperial family. Asked about their feelings toward the imperial family, 71 percent said they feel very close to the family or feel more or less close. And 27 percent said they either don't feel very close to the family or don't feel close at all.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to meet key world figures who have been invited to attend Tuesday's enthronement ceremony for Emperor Naruhito. Guests from more than 170 countries, territories and international organizations are scheduled to take part in Tuesday's ceremony.
Japan's government say they are postponing a procession to mark the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito. They say they need to focus on dealing with the extensive damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis.
The parade was scheduled for October 22, after a ceremony in which the Emperor proclaims his enthronement. It will now take place on November 10.
Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have taken part in a rehearsal for their enthronement ceremony next week.
The Imperial Household Agency says the couple then confirmed procedures for the ceremony in the palace's State Room.
The media has been invited to see an open-top car that will carry Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako in a procession in Tokyo later this month to celebrate the Emperor's enthronement.
Emperor Naruhito takes his sickle to the rice stalks at the Imperial Palace to mark the first harvest season of his era.
After the Emperor's visit to the three Imperial sanctuaries, Empress Masako, in an ancient-style kimono and hairstyle, bowed to the Imperial ancestors.
Emperor Naruhito has performed his first ritual at the Imperial Palace since his accession to the throne.
Hope from the Ancient Capital for the new Imperial couple
Japanese Emperor Naruhito has addressed the public at the Imperial Palace for the first time since ascending the throne on Wednesday.
Tens of thousands of people gathered to celebrate the Imperial succession.
Emperor Naruhito makes first speech to public
Sumo wrestlers gathered at the Kokugi-kan Arena in Tokyo's Ryoh-goku district. The wrestlers formed the word "Reiwa" to express their hopes for the new era.
Emperor Naruhito said, "I swear that I will act according to the Constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people of Japan, while always turning my thoughts to the people and standing with them."
New emperor swears to fulfill responsibility as symbol of the state
A ceremony marking the new Emperor's succession of the sacred sword and jewel has ended in Japan.
Some wanted to make sure the first day of Reiwa will be an unforgettable memory.
Celebrating the new era across Japan
Emperor Akihito gave his last speech to the people in his current role. The Emperor said, "Since ascending the throne 30 years ago, I have performed my duties as the Emperor with a deep sense of trust in and respect for the people, and I consider myself most fortunate to have been able to do so."
Emperor gives final speech before abdication
Emperor Akihito went to the Imperial Palace Sanctuaries to pay respects to the Sun Goddess, the souls of his ancestors, and various deities.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have visited the Mausoleum of Emperor Showa in western Tokyo to report his abdication on April 30.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have worshipped at Ise Shrine as part of a series of rituals leading up to the Emperor's abdication. This is their last regional trip as Emperor and Empress.
The travels of the Imperial couple
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited a department store in Tokyo to see an exhibition that commemorates the Emperor's 30 years on the throne and the couple's 60th wedding anniversary.
Japan's Imperial couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary by visiting a children's park built with monetary gifts that they received when they got married.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple were congratulated by members of the Imperial family at the Imperial Palace.
30 years as Emperor
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso announced that Japanese banknotes will be getting a redesign. The new notes are expected to enter circulation around 2024, the first change since 2004.
Japanese banknotes get a makeover
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko went for a walk outside the Imperial Palace to take in the cherry blossoms. They were spotted by joggers, who looked on in surprise.
A crane in Tokyo helped to ring in the new era by painting the characters for 'Reiwa'. The machine's delicate touch and subtle strokes wowed spectators.
Hours after the announcement, retailers from cupcake bakeries to stamp makers started putting out products with the new name.
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The Japanese government has announced that the name of the new era will be "Reiwa." It will begin with the new Emperor's accession on May 1.
The name was taken from the Manyoshu, the oldest existing anthology of Japanese poetry. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "Culture is nurtured when people bring their hearts together in a beautiful way. 'Reiwa' has such meaning."
Japan prepares to enter new "Reiwa" era