Monday 11 November 2019

World figures gather in Tokyo for emperor's enthronement

 

Japan's Emperor Naruhito (centre L) and Empress Masako (centre R) make their first public appearance after ascending to the throne along with other members of the royal family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Photo: BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP via Getty Images
Japan's Emperor Naruhito (centre L) and Empress Masako (centre R) make their first public appearance after ascending to the throne along with other members of the royal family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Photo: BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP via Getty Images

Julian Ryall

Royalty and political leaders from 194 countries are arriving in Japan for the enthronement ritual for Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo tomorrow, a sumptuous and symbolism-rich ceremony expected to be watched by millions of Japanese.

Naruhito (59) became emperor on May 1, the day after his father, Akihito, abdicated from the Chrysanthemum Throne, with a series of ceremonies scheduled for the following months and culminating in the enthronement.

The ritual to crown the head of the world's longest-lived royal dynasty dates back centuries.

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