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The Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako parade through Tokyo to his throne

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako waved and smiled from an open car in a motorcade that marked his throne on Sunday before hundreds of thousands of elated benevolent people who cheered, waved small flags and took photos of both sides of crowded sidewalks.

Security was extremely tight: the police set up 40 checkpoints that led to the area. Selfie sticks, bottles and banners – and even shouting – were not allowed in the restricted zone. Residents in high-rise apartments along the road were advised not to look down from their windows or balconies.

The parade was postponed from its original date in October due to the recent typhoon that flooded or damaged tens of thousands of homes.

Emperor Naruhito, pictured with a tailcoat decorated with medals and a hat with brim, and Empress Masako, in an off-white long dress and a tiara, waved and smiled from their car while parading in Tokyo, Japan, on November 10

Emperor Naruhito, pictured with a tailcoat decorated with medals and a hat with brim, and Empress Masako, in an off-white long dress and a tiara, waved and smiled from their car while parading in Tokyo, Japan, on November 10

The royal motorcade drove down a street in Tokyo under strict security to mark the throne of Naruhito, with police leading 40 checkpoints leading to the area on November 10

The royal motorcade drove down a street in Tokyo under strict security to mark the throne of Naruhito, with police leading 40 checkpoints leading to the area on November 10

The royal motorcade drove down a street in Tokyo under strict security to mark the throne of Naruhito, with police leading 40 checkpoints leading to the area on November 10

People were shown smiling and waving Japanese national flags near the imperial palace for the royal parade. In the meantime, the national anthem by Kimigayo was played by the brass band on Sunday

People were shown smiling and waving Japanese national flags near the imperial palace for the royal parade. In the meantime, the national anthem by Kimigayo was played by the brass band on Sunday

People were shown smiling and waving Japanese national flags near the imperial palace for the royal parade. In the meantime, the national anthem by Kimigayo was played by the brass band on Sunday

The parade marks its throne, a day after people showed their congratulations on music and dance performances, including the song & # 39; Ray of Water & # 39; performed by the hugely popular Japanese male pop group Arashi, in Tokyo

The parade marks its throne, a day after people showed their congratulations on music and dance performances, including the song & # 39; Ray of Water & # 39; performed by the hugely popular Japanese male pop group Arashi, in Tokyo

The parade marks its throne, a day after people showed their congratulations on music and dance performances, including the song & # 39; Ray of Water & # 39; performed by the hugely popular Japanese male pop group Arashi, in Tokyo

Spirits seemed high, despite the fact that the event was postponed from October due to a deadly typhoon, while the royal couple was shown smiling in the middle of the conversation on November 10

Spirits seemed high, despite the fact that the event was postponed from October due to a deadly typhoon, while the royal couple was shown smiling in the middle of the conversation on November 10

Spirits seemed high, despite the fact that the event was postponed from October due to a deadly typhoon, while the royal couple was shown smiling in the middle of the conversation on November 10

Well-wishers wave their national flag enthusiastically while celebrating the new emperor of Japan, who was named on October 22

Well-wishers wave their national flag enthusiastically while celebrating the new emperor of Japan, who was named on October 22

Well-wishers wave their national flag enthusiastically while celebrating the new emperor of Japan, who was named on October 22

Naruhito succeeded his father Akihito on 1 May after his abdication and formally rose the Chrysanthemum throne during a palace ceremony last month.

The parade started from the imperial palace with the national anthem Kimigayo played by the brass band.

Naruhito, dressed in a tailcoat decorated with medals and with a hat with brim, and Masako, in an off-white long dress and a tiara, continued to wave from a Toyota Century cabriolet. The car was decorated with the chrysanthemum emblems and the emperor's flag during the half-hour motorcade on the 4.6-kilometer route from the palace to the imperial residence Akasaka in the soft afternoon sun.

Naruhito, sitting on the right in the slightly raised rear seat, constantly turned his head to the right and left and responded to the people cheering from across the street as the motorcade moved slowly at a jogging speed led by a fleet of police motorbikes.

Thousands of people had arrived at the checkpoints hours before the parade and tried to take their place to get the best possible view of the royal couple.

People sit patiently, wearing sun hats, behind the railings while waiting for Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, on November 10

People sit patiently, wearing sun hats, behind the railings while waiting for Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, on November 10

People sit patiently, wearing sun hats, behind the railings while waiting for Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, on November 10

More people are being photographed while they chat with each other while they are on full side walks. One of the men, close to the railings, hugs his knees to his chest and seems to rest his eyes

More people are being photographed while they chat with each other while they are on full side walks. One of the men, close to the railings, hugs his knees to his chest and seems to rest his eyes

More people are being photographed while they chat with each other while they are on full side walks. One of the men, close to the railings, hugs his knees to his chest and seems to rest his eyes

A police dog stands guard along the three-mile stretch of the parade to keep an eye on the excited benefactors. Some camped overnight to get a good spot in full view of the emperor

A police dog stands guard along the three-mile stretch of the parade to keep an eye on the excited benefactors. Some camped overnight to get a good spot in full view of the emperor

A police dog stands guard along the three-mile stretch of the parade to keep an eye on the excited benefactors. Some camped overnight to get a good spot in full view of the emperor

People cheer and try to take photos from an enclosed space as they approach the motorcade on November 10

People cheer and try to take photos from an enclosed space as they approach the motorcade on November 10

People cheer and try to take photos from an enclosed space as they approach the motorcade on November 10

A little boy, sitting on someone's shoulder, is shown with a big smile on his face. The parade was the first since the marriage of Naruhito and Masako in June 1993, just three years after their parents celebrated their throne in a Rolls Royce

A little boy, sitting on someone's shoulder, is shown with a big smile on his face. The parade was the first since the marriage of Naruhito and Masako in June 1993, just three years after their parents celebrated their throne in a Rolls Royce

A little boy, sitting on someone's shoulder, is shown with a big smile on his face. The parade was the first since the marriage of Naruhito and Masako in June 1993, just three years after their parents celebrated their throne in a Rolls Royce

The parade (pictured was the first since the marriage of Naruhito and Masako in June 1993, just three years after their parents celebrated their throne in a Rolls Royce

The parade (pictured was the first since the marriage of Naruhito and Masako in June 1993, just three years after their parents celebrated their throne in a Rolls Royce

The parade (pictured was the first since the marriage of Naruhito and Masako in June 1993, just three years after their parents celebrated their throne in a Rolls Royce

Takahiro Suzuki, a 75-year-old retiree who traveled from Chigasaki, west of Tokyo, arrived two hours before the parade, but said it was worth it.

"The sky is so blue and this is a great day to take pictures, as if the blessing of heaven for (the emperor)," said Suzuki, an amateur photographer who brought a Canon with him.

He said he admired the former emperor and wants Naruhito to continue his father's work.

"I hope he will continue in peace like his father did," he said, but added that Japan should seriously consider the stability of the monarchy because it has a shortage of eligible successors. Conservatives insist on the male-only succession, but Suzuki says he doesn't mind having a female prince.

The parade was the first since the marriage of Naruhito and Masako in June 1993, just three years after their parents celebrated their throne in a Rolls Royce.

The car, which was guided by a high level of security, was decorated with the chrysanthemum emblems and the flag of the emperor during the half-hour motorcade for three miles

The car, which was guided by a high level of security, was decorated with the chrysanthemum emblems and the flag of the emperor during the half-hour motorcade for three miles

The car, which was guided by a high level of security, was decorated with the chrysanthemum emblems and the flag of the emperor during the half-hour motorcade for three miles

Takahiro Suzuki, 75, retired from Chigasaki, west of Tokyo, arrived two hours before the parade and said it was worth it (file image)

Takahiro Suzuki, 75, retired from Chigasaki, west of Tokyo, arrived two hours before the parade and said it was worth it (file image)

Takahiro Suzuki, 75, retired from Chigasaki, west of Tokyo, arrived two hours before the parade and said it was worth it (file image)

Thousands of people, some with face masks, had arrived at checkpoints hours before the parade and tried to conquer their place to get the best possible view of the royal couple

Thousands of people, some with face masks, had arrived at checkpoints hours before the parade and tried to conquer their place to get the best possible view of the royal couple

Thousands of people, some with face masks, had arrived at checkpoints hours before the parade and tried to conquer their place to get the best possible view of the royal couple

Parents, who are equipped with a national Japanese flag, go to the royal parade with their daughter in a pram in a crib

Parents, who are equipped with a national Japanese flag, go to the royal parade with their daughter in a pram in a crib

Parents, who are equipped with a national Japanese flag, go to the royal parade with their daughter in a pram in a crib

Spectators are shown leaning forward and tilting their heads to see the arrival of Emperor Naruhito. They anticipate the start of the parade and hold Japanese flags

Spectators are shown leaning forward and tilting their heads to see the arrival of Emperor Naruhito. They anticipate the start of the parade and hold Japanese flags

Spectators are shown leaning forward and tilting their heads to see the arrival of Emperor Naruhito. They anticipate the start of the parade and hold Japanese flags

Naruhito (photo) is warmly welcomed by the public and polls show that support for the royal family has increased over the past three decades due to his parents' efforts to bring the former distant palace closer to the people

Naruhito (photo) is warmly welcomed by the public and polls show that support for the royal family has increased over the past three decades due to his parents' efforts to bring the former distant palace closer to the people

Naruhito (photo) is warmly welcomed by the public and polls show that support for the royal family has increased over the past three decades due to his parents' efforts to bring the former distant palace closer to the people

Naruhito, sitting on the right in the slightly raised rear seat, constantly turned his head to the right and left and responded to the people cheering from across the street

Naruhito, sitting on the right in the slightly raised rear seat, constantly turned his head to the right and left and responded to the people cheering from across the street

Naruhito, sitting on the right in the slightly raised rear seat, constantly turned his head to the right and left and responded to the people cheering from across the street

Crowds squeeze close to the railings where they watch Naruhito, who studied in Oxford, pass by in the motorcade. It is thought that many Japanese natives were impressed by the royal couple who were in open conversation with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

Crowds squeeze close to the railings where they watch Naruhito, who studied in Oxford, pass by in the motorcade. It is thought that many Japanese natives were impressed by the royal couple who were in open conversation with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

Crowds squeeze close to the railings where they watch Naruhito, who studied in Oxford, pass by in the motorcade. It is thought that many Japanese natives were impressed by the royal couple who were in open conversation with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

Naruhito and Masako have been warmly welcomed by the public. Many Japanese were particularly impressed by the couple who spoke freely with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during their visit weeks after the succession of Naruhito in May, according to palace guards.

Naruhito, the first emperor with a university degree who also studied abroad, and his Harvard-trained wife Masako, are expected to internationalize the imperial household.

Naruhito, who studied in Oxford, is a historian, a viola player and an expert in the field of water transport. Masako, a former diplomat, has been struggling for more than ten years and until recently had largely withdrawn from public appearances. She developed an "adjustment disorder" after the birth of the only child of the couple, Princess Aiko, and faced with pressure to produce a boy in the Japanese monarchy, who only allows male heirs.

People take a moment of their day to gather and watch the royal parade from a screen in Osaka, West Japan. They seem enchanted while watching the event that attracted more than 100,000 people

People take a moment of their day to gather and watch the royal parade from a screen in Osaka, West Japan. They seem enchanted while watching the event that attracted more than 100,000 people

People take a moment of their day to gather and watch the royal parade from a screen in Osaka, West Japan. They seem enchanted while watching the event that attracted more than 100,000 people

The royal couple made their statement entering the newly appointed after an old-style palace ceremony on October 22. Naruhito succeeded his father Akihito after he resigned on 1 May

The royal couple made their statement entering the newly appointed after an old-style palace ceremony on October 22. Naruhito succeeded his father Akihito after he resigned on 1 May

The royal couple made their statement entering the newly appointed after an old-style palace ceremony on October 22. Naruhito succeeded his father Akihito after he resigned on 1 May

A man sleeps behind a couch while waiting for a royal parade by the Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, in front of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan

A man sleeps behind a couch while waiting for a royal parade by the Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, in front of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan

A man sleeps behind a couch while waiting for a royal parade by the Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, in front of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan

Despite concerns about her health and skepticism about her ability to perform even part of the hugely popular work of former Empress Michiko, Masako was seen in good health and in a smile when she recently attended most of her duties.

Opinion polls show public support and a sense of kindness to the royal family has increased over the past three decades, largely thanks to the efforts of Naruhito's parents to bring the former distant palace closer to the people.

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