Even though it is a very rainy day in Tokyo, Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement activities continue despite the weather.
This morning, the Emperor and his wife, Empress Masako visited one of the three imperial sanctuaries where Naruhito reported his enthronement to his ancestors. Both were dressed in ancient-style kimonos. The Empress also had her hair styled in an ancient style.
Other members of the Imperial Family were in attendance, as was Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The imperial couple arrived at the Imperial Palace this morning where, despite the pouring rain, members of the Japanese public lined up outside waving the Japanese flag to greet their Emperor and Empress. The Emperor rolled his window down and waved to those awaiting his arrival.
The Enthronement Ceremony will begin at 1.00 pm Japanese time today (5.00 am UK time).