- Title: Japanese emperor to proclaim his enthronement to the world in ancient ceremony
- Date: 22nd October 2019
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (OCTOBER 22, 2019) (REUTERS) JAPANESE EMPEROR NARUHITO ARRIVING FOR THE IMPERIAL PALACE VARIOUS OF IMPERIAL PALACE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WAITING OUTSIDE THE PALACE (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 25-YEAR-OLD JAPANESE, RYOYA SUZUKI, SAYING: "It'll be nice if the new emperor will be as kindhearted as the former emperor and stay close to the people." (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 51-YEAR-OLD JAPANESE, TOMOKO SHIRAKAWA, SAYING: "As he is young and energetic with outstanding leadership, I hope he'll stay to support the people of Japan, which has faced continuous disasters and typhoons." IMPERIAL PALACE VARIOUS OF POLICE OFFICERS OUTSIDE THE PALACE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE PALACE
- Embargoed: 5th November 2019 01:00
- Keywords: Emperor Naruhito Empress Masako enthronement Imperial Palace Tokyo Japan
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Royals
- Reuters ID: LVA001B26FVPJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Japanese Emperor Naruhito is poised to officially proclaim his enthronement on Tuesday (October 22) in a centuries-old ceremony attended by dignitaries, including heads of state and other royals, from more than 180 countries.
Naruhito, 59, and Empress Masako, a 55-year-old Harvard-educated former diplomat, took over in May in a brief, tradition-filled ceremony but Tuesday's "Sokui no Rei" is a more elaborate ritual in which he officially announces his change in status to the world.
Small groups of people waited at the Imperial Palace gate despite pouring rain and waved Japanese flags and cheered Naruhito as he entered by car in the morning, waving and smiling at them from an open window.
The celebratory mood for what has been proclaimed a special holiday has been tempered by Typhoon Hagibis, which tore through Japan 10 days ago. The typhoon killed at least 80 people and prompted the postponement of a planned celebratory parade.
(Production: Akira Tomoshige, Kwiyeon Ha)
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