Japan Holds 4th Banquet to Celebrate Emperor's Enthronement
Tokyo, Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)--Japan held the fourth "Kyoen-no-Gi" banquet to celebrate at Emperor Naruhito's enthronement at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday, following last week's ceremony to proclaim his accession to the throne.
The final banquet was attended by 691 guests, including 249 ambassadors to Japan and their spouses from 153 countries and international organizations as well as leading figures from various fields.
Together with other Imperial Family members, the Emperor and Empress Masako talked with guests at the "Shunju-no-Ma" room first and then with guests at the "Homeiden" state banquet hall.
The Emperor said in a speech at each party venue that he was pleased to be attending the banquet with the guests after completing the "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi" proclamation ceremony on Oct. 22.
Representing guests offered congratulatory remarks and proposed toasts.
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