Japanese Celebrate Emperor Naruhito's Enthronement

Society

Tokyo, Oct. 22 (Jiji Press)--Many people Tuesday gathered around the Imperial Palace and the Akasaka Estate to have a look at Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako on the day of the Emperor's enthronement proclamation ceremony.

In the morning, the Emperor and Empress separately traveled by car from their residence in the Akasaka Estate to the palace to attend the "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi" ceremony, as citizens waited for them on the roadside amid rain. From their cars, the Emperor and Empress smiled and waved to the crowd.

"His Majesty was wonderful," a woman in her 70s from Chiba Prefecture said excitedly. "I look forward to seeing Princess Aiko grow up. She'll come of age soon." The 17-year-old princess is the couple's daughter.

"Empress Masako looked fine and was beautiful," a homemaker in her 50s from Fukushima Prefecture said in an emotional tone. "I was encouraged by the couple," who stands by people affected by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, she said.

After the ceremony, the Emperor's car left the palace through its main gate around 3 p.m. (6 a.m. GMT), followed by the Empress' car about 30 minutes later.

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