Japan’s Imperial Household has released an almost hour long video to mark one year of the new Reiwa era in the country.
The video, titled “Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress – Reiwa,” was released on 22 June and is available on the Japanese government internet tv.
“This video introduces various activities of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress in the first year of the new Era of Reiwa. The video shows Ceremonies and Rites related to the Accession to the Throne,” the Japanese government said.
The 56-minute video is narrated in English for those outside Japan. Speeches and press conferences given by Emperor Naruhito are also shown with English subtitles along with explanations of different ceremonies like the presentation of credentials by foreign ambassadors to the Emperor.
The narrator also explained the meaning behind the Reiwa era: “Beautiful harmony towards a world of peace.”
He also shared how the Emperor and Empress Masako have “long stood with the people and prayed for the happiness of the people.”
The ceremonies surrounding the enthronement are featured heavily with appearances by foreign royals like the King and Queen of Bhutan at banquets in October of last year. The delayed Enthronement Parade through Tokyo to celebrate the enthronement is also shown; it was postponed from October to November of 2019 due to the devastation and deaths caused by Typhoon Hagibis.
The video can be viewed here.