The newly crowned Emperor Naruhito and his wife attend the glittering reception in Tokyo
Japanese emperor Naruhito and his wife, Empress Masako, exchanged ceremonial robes for white tie attire while attending a banquet to mark his formal ascension to the throne on Tuesday.
The couple was portrayed laughing when they arrived at the courtroom banquet in Tokyo in the evening, after a day of splendor with three cheers from & # 39; banzai & # 39; – what & # 39; long live the king & # 39; means – Palace rushed through the corridors of the imperial ring.
Approximately 2,000 guests from 180 different countries attended the event during the day, before creating their holiday for the evening's entertainment.
The British prince Charles, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain and the Swedish Karl XVI Gustaf and crown princess Victoria were among the crowd gathered for a show by court artists, followed by a sit-down meal.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan attend a white tie banquet in Tokyo to complete his formal ascension to the
King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain (left) and Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (right) come to a former banquet to mark the emperor of Japan to the throne
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan arrive in traditional evening dress
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako (center left and right) are at the head of the banquet hall next to the Sultan of Brunei (far left) and King Karl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (far right)
Dignitaries attending the sacrament served by the royal couple and bowed greetings before being treated to entertainment and dinner
Court artists set up a show for royal attendees prior to a banquet for the newly crowned emperor
Crown Princess Victoria (L) of Sweden and her father Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden arrive at the Imperial Palace for the banquet
The British Prince Charles (left) and Prince Albert II of Monaco (right) arrive during the white banquet
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (left) and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (right) were among the current and former heads of state to attend the events of the day
Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia (left) arrives at the sacrament
Sayyid Assad bin Tariq bin Taimur Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation and Special Representative for His Majesty the Sultan of Oman (right) arrives at the banquet
From Oxford to the Japanese Imperial Palace: how Naruhito was cared for to govern – even while his wife struggled to belong
The new Japanese emperor Naruhito starts his government with the delicate task of balancing modernity with the traditions of & # 39; the world's oldest monarchy, including protecting his family against the rigid rules of the palace.
The 59-year-old was critical of the sometimes stifling lifestyle imposed on royals after it was revealed that woman Masako was being treated for their entire marriage for an & # 39; adjustment disorder & # 39 ;.
Naruhito, born on February 23, 1960, was the first Japanese prince to grow up under the same roof as his parents and brothers and sisters – royal children were previously raised by nanny girls and teachers.
He studied two years at Oxford University in the 1980s after graduating with a history in Japan, and allegedly decorated his home with a poster of American actress Brooke Shields.
In Britain, he was able to throw off some of the limitations of royal life in Japan, mixed with other students and the British royal family, and he has been delighted to talk about that period.
In 1993 he married Masako Owada, who became empress when Naruhito took over the Chrysanthemum throne.
The daughter of a diplomatic family and educated in Harvard and Oxford, Masako left behind a promising diplomatic career to marry into the royal family.
Naruhito promised to protect her at any cost & # 39; when she made the switch, and Masako explained that she had sacrificed her career to make myself useful on this new path & # 39 ;.
She also came under enormous pressure to give birth to a son because the imperial succession of Japan excludes women. This investigation only increased after she gave birth to Princess Aiko in 2001 – the only child of the couple.
In 2004, Naruhito accused palace guards of stifling the personality of his wife in unprecedented public remarks.
Naruhito apologized later, but he called for & # 39; new royal duties & # 39; that fit with modern times.
The pressure on Masako eased somewhat when her sister-in-law gave birth to a son in 2006, the now 13-year-old Prince Hisahito.
She seemed confident during Naruhito's throne in May and at ease when the royal couple welcomed US President Donald Trump as the first foreign leader to greet the new emperor.
Naruhito became emperor and his wife Masako became empress on May 1 in a short ceremony, but & # 39; Sokui no Rei & # 39; Tuesday was a more extensive ritual in the royal palace in which he officially announced his status change to the world.
& # 39; I swear that I will act according to the Constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the state and unity of the people, & # 39; said the 59-year-old, his voice somewhat hoarse, for about 2,000 guests, including the British prince Charles.
& # 39; I sincerely hope that Japan will continue to develop and contribute to the friendship and peace of the international community, and to the well-being and prosperity of people through the wisdom and unceasing efforts of the people. & # 39;
Naruhito, the first Japanese emperor born after the Second World War, came to the throne when his father, Akihito, became the first Japanese monarch to renounce in two centuries the worries that increasing age would make it difficult to perform official duties. feed. He's 85.
The long-planned festivals, for which Japan has declared a national holiday, were tempered by Typhoon Hagibis, who killed at least 82 people when it tore through Japan 10 days ago and rained early Tuesday.
A public parade was postponed until next month to allow the government to focus its attention on typhoon clearing, while Tuesday's bad weather forced the palace to take back the number of courtiers in old robes who participated in the courtyard ceremony, although the sky cleared when it started.
At the sound of a gong in the Matsu-no-Ma, or Hall of Pine, the most prestigious room in the palace, two courtiers bowed deeply and pulled purple curtains back onto the & # 39; Takamikura & # 39; – a 6.5 meter (21 feet) high pavilion that weighs around 8 tons.
Naruhito was revealed while standing in front of a simple throne, dressed in orange robes and a black headdress, with an old sword and a jewel in box, two of the so-called Three Sacred Treasures placed next to him.
Fifty-five-year-old Empress Masako, trained by Harvard, with heavy 12-layer robes and with her flowing over her back, stood before a smaller throne on the side. Such traditional robes can weigh around 15 kilograms (33 pounds).
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a congratulatory speech to gathered dignitaries including Crown Prince Akishino, the younger brother of the emperor and his family, all adorned with brightly colored robes. Other guests were the US transport secretary Elaine Chao and Myanmar civil leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Abe led a trio of cheers from & # 39; banzai & # 39 ;, or & # 39; longevity & # 39 ;, for the emperor, for a salute with 21 guns.
& # 39; Being young and energetic with excellent leadership, I hope he will support the people in Japan who have been confronted with ongoing disasters and typhoons, & # 39; said Tomoko Shirakawa, 51, who was one of the crowds of umbrella civilians packing the area for the palace.
A court banquet will take place on Tuesday evening, before Naruhito and Masako organize a tea party for foreign royalties on Wednesday afternoon.
Emperor Naruhito (left) stands in the ornate throne room of Takamikura and Empress Masako (right) stands in the smaller Michodai during a ceremony to officially mark his ascension to the Japanese chrysanthemum throne
During the ceremony, his wife, Empress Masako, stood next to the new Emperor, who rarely participates in royal ceremonies amid concerns about her health.
Empress Masako – dressed in a royal robe that can weigh no less than 33 pounds, making it difficult to walk – leaves the pine room in the Imperial Palace of Tokyo after the ceremony
Naruhito read a short speech in which he confirmed his throne in which he vowed to uphold the Japanese constitution, fulfill his role as a symbol of the state and unite the 127 million people of the country
The British prince Charles chats with the Danish crown princess Mary and crown prince Frederik while attending the throne ceremony where the Japanese emperor Naruhito officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum throne
Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf (first row left) and his daughter crown princess Victoria (first row second left), Cambodia king Norodom Sihamoni (second row left), Bhutan & # 39; s king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (second row fourth from left) and Queen Jetsun Pema (second row third from the left) attending the coronation ceremony
Belgian King Philippe (center right) and Queen Mathilde (center left) attended the throne ceremony where the Japanese emperor Naruhito officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum throne
Shinzo Abe raises his hands above his head while he & # 39; banzai & # 39; calls, which literally translates as & # 39; 10, 000 years of life & # 39; but something means that looks like & # 39; long live the emperor & # 39;
Courtesans and officials raise their arms with songs from & # 39; banzai & # 39; during a ceremony in the Room of Pine in Tokyo Imperial Palace to mark Naruhito's official ascension to the throne
Prince Charles stands next to Crown Princess Maria of Denmark (left) while the ceremony is taking place, while Queen Letizia of Spain and her husband King Felipe VI (right) also look at
The Japanese crown prince Akishino (right), the brother of Naruhito and his wife crown princess Kiko (second right) arrive with their family members for the ceremony on Tuesday
An eight-tonne throne, a 24-inch long hat and secret treasures that the emperor cannot look at: Pump and ceremony of the ascension ritual of Japan
Rarely seen outfits, elaborate thrones and ancient paraphernalia decorate the sacred and lush ceremony on Tuesday on the occasion of the formal climb of Emperor Naruhito to the Japanese chrysanthemum throne.
The new emperor took the throne earlier this year after the abdication of his father Akihito, but the proclamation ceremony confirms the transition in astonishing style.
Here are some of the elements that could be seen:
– Imperial thrones –
The emperor and empress each receive an enormous throne, consisting of a relatively subdued seat in an extensive canopy on top of a fenced platform.
The emperor's eight-ton throne becomes & # 39; Takamikura & # 39; while the smaller & # 39; August seat & # 39; of the Empress & # 39; Michodai & # 39; is called.
The structures are made of varnished cypress wood and were dismantled for transport from the ancient capital of Kyoto to Tokyo for the ceremony.
Naruhito in the Takamikura, his royal throne, while wife Masako is in the Michodai. Naruhito & # 39; s brother, Akishino, looks orange dressed while Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, a & # 39; banzai & # 39; or & # 39; long live the king & # 39; cheers
The emperor's chair sits in a canopy with rich purple curtains hanging on a roof decorated with golden curls and 16-petals chrysanthemum buds.
Below that is a rectangular stage with low red screens and side panels painted with legendary animals.
At the points of the octagonal roof are golden phoenix, with another larger version of the bird on top of the top of the roof.
On both sides of the emperor's chair are desks where a holy sword and jewel, part of the imperial regalia, and seals will be placed.
But the emperor will not really sit on the throne during the ceremony and will remain standing everywhere.
– The clothes of the new emperor –
For the ceremony, the emperor will wear a silk outfit in the & # 39; sokutai & # 39; or ceremonial style. The outfit is now rarely seen and is dominated by a voluminous draped brown-gold outer jacket with long, wide sleeves and a cinched waist.
Royal clothing often contains motifs of birds because they were considered divine envoys in ancient times and the outer garment of the emperor is adorned with a mythical Chinese phoenix, which is believed to symbolize the coming of peace.
Emperor Naruhito wears a sokutai robe decorated with images of a Chinese phoenix, which is believed to indicate the coming of peace. His hat is called a kanmuri and has a simple black base with a black tail that extends up to 24 inches in the air
During the ceremony, the emperor and other male princes will have a & # 39; shaku & # 39; or carry scepter – a narrow, simple wooden plate, as opposed to a large shoehorn.
In the past, royals sometimes attached & # 39; cheat sheets & # 39; at the back of the shaku to help them through complex rituals.
But the crown on the emperor's outfit is the kanmuri hat, which consists of a simple flat black base and a towering black tail at the back that extends upright 60 centimeters (about 24 inches).
– Suitable for an empress –
Empress Masako will wear an elaborate outfit that is commonly known as & # 39; junihitoe & # 39; or a multi-layered cloak.
Masako is expected to wear outfits with part of the rich red sleeves and bottom visible under multiple layers of different lengths. The upper layers are light lilac and green with light purple lapels.
Empress Masako dressed in the June hit, or a multi-layered robe that is heavy, hard to walk in and rarely seen outside of ceremonies
Masako's hair is sculpted in a style that sweeps sideways and outwards with a long ponytail that stretches from the back and a large golden hairpiece attached above her forehead.
The extensive traditional outfit, which is difficult to enter due to its weight, is rarely seen outside of imperial rituals and weddings.
– The holy treasures –
The ceremony would not be complete without the presence of the & # 39; sacred treasures & # 39 ;. According to Japanese mythology, the sun goddess Amaterasu left the regalia to the imperial line two millennia ago.
The treasures are the & # 39; Yata no Kagami & # 39 ;, a mirror, & # 39; Kusanagi no Tsurugi & # 39 ;, a sword and the & # 39; Yasakani no Magatama & # 39 ;, an unspecified jewel.
Possession of the & # 39; three sacred treasures & # 39; is considered crucial proof of an emperor's legitimacy, but there are no pictures of it and even the emperor cannot see them.
The treasures were handed over to the new emperor during the first throne round on May 1.
During the upcoming proclamation ceremony, a replica sword and the original jewel will be wrapped in cloths. Both are kept in the palace, along with a replica mirror that is not released for ceremonies.
Prior to the coronation ceremony, Naruhito went to the Kashikodokoro shrine in the imperial shrines to report the beginning of the rituals to the Shinto gods, including goddess Amaterasu, the mythological ancestor of the Japanese emperors
Empress Masako, dressed in white, joins her husband to report the throne ceremony to the Shinto gods prior to the ceremony itself
Fumihito, brother of Naruhito and officially known as Japanese crown prince Akishino (in orange), leaves the ceremony hall after the rituals have taken place
Akishino's wife, Kiko, officially known as Crown Princess Akishino, follows him from the ceremony hall
The Japanese prince Hitachi leaves at the end of the throne ceremony of the Japanese emperor Naruhito
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia (right) watch the throne ceremony next to Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (center), the Emir of Qatar
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (left) and Duke Henri of Luxembourg arrive at the Imperial Palace to attend the proclamation ceremony
The Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf (left) and Crown Princess Victoria (right) arrive at the Imperial Palace to attend the ceremony
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium (left) and the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayuth Chan-ocha, and his wife, Naraporn Chan-ocha (right) were among the 2,000 guests
Mongolia's president Khaltmaagiin Battulga arrives at the imperial palace to attend the coronation ceremony
Rodrigo Duterte (left), the president of the Philippines, arrives to watch the ceremony with daughter Sara
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was one of the dignitaries from 180 countries who were invited to watch the ceremony
The Japanese emperor Naruhito leaves the imperial palace after his throne ceremony
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised to do everything possible to create a peaceful, bright future for Japan & # 39; on behalf of the government while attending the ceremony
The British prince Charles visits the Nezu museum and gardens as part of a royal tour through Japan prior to the ceremony
The British prince Charles arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo amid heavy rainfall caused by the typhoon Hagibis, who caused a large parade that would delay the ascension to next month
Mr. Abe's ultra conservative government also granted grace on the occasion. The decision was published in the special edition of the official journal, which provided for around 550,000 eligible applicants. The decision was not publicly discussed.
A generously good guest list
Royal figures attending the ceremony included:
- Prince Charles, UK
- King Felipe IV and Queen Letizia, Spain
- King Phillppe and Queen Mathilde, Belgium
- Kroonprins Frederik en kroonprinses Mary, Denemarken
- Groothertog Henri, Luxemburg
- Koning Willem-Alexander en koningin Maxima, Nederland
- Kroonprins Hakkon, Noorwegen
- Koning Carl XVI Gustaf en kroonprinses Victoria, Zweden
- King Jigme en Queen Jetsun, Bhutan
- Sultan Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar
- Koning Norodom Sihamoni, Cambodja
- Koning Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah en Koningin Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah, Maleisië
- Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei
De vooroorlogse gewoonte van clementie door de keizer heeft kritiek veroorzaakt als ondemocratisch en politiek gemotiveerd. Ten tijde van de troonoptreden van ex-keizer Akihito kregen 2,5 miljoen mensen amnestie.
Eerder op dinsdag trok de 59-jarige keizer een wit gewaad aan en bad in Kashikodokoro en twee andere heiligdommen. De bezoeken op dinsdagochtend zijn om aan goden te rapporteren voorafgaand aan de ceremonie, bij te wonen door 2.000 gasten van binnen en buiten Japan.
In Kashikodokoro is de godin Amaterasu verankerd, de mythologische voorouder van de Japanse keizers.
Later zullen Naruhito en zijn vrouw Masako, een door Harvard opgeleide voormalige diplomaat, een gerechtsbanket organiseren, waar ongeveer 400 buitenlandse hoogwaardigheidsbekleders en vertegenwoordigers van de Japanse bestuurlijke, wetgevende en gerechtelijke afdelingen en hun echtgenoten aanwezig zijn.
Hoewel de openbare parade werd uitgesteld tot 10 november, zei de NHK openbare tv dat er 26.000 politie was die dinsdag beveiliging bood.
Naruhito is ongewoon onder recente Japanse keizers, omdat zijn enige kind, de 17-jarige Aiko, vrouwelijk is en als zodanig de troon niet kan erven onder de huidige wet. Tenzij de wet wordt herzien, ligt de toekomst van de keizerlijke familie voor de komende generaties in plaats daarvan op de schouders van zijn neef, de 13-jarige Hisahito, die tweede is in de rij voor de troon na zijn vader, kroonprins Akishino.
De Japanse kroonprinses Kiko arriveert in het keizerlijke paleis in Tokio voorafgaand aan de hemelvaartceremonie van dinsdag
Minister for Defense Taro Kono, guest, Hitomi Noda and former PM of Japan Yoshihiko Noda attend the Enthronement Ceremony of Emperor Naruhito
Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam arrives at the Imperial Palace to attend the proclamation ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo
Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni arrives at the Imperial Palace ahead of the ceremony
Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah arrive at the Imperial Palace to attend the enthronement ceremony
Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was among foreign dignitaries to attend the event
Netherland's King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrive at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao arrives at the Imperial Palace to attend the proclamation ceremony
China's Vice President Wang Qishan arrives at the Imperial Palace to attend the proclamation ceremony of Emperor Naruhito
Vatican's Cardinal Francesco Monterisi arrives at the Imperial Palace
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and his wife Doris Schmidauer arrive at the Imperial Palace
India's President Ram Nath Kovind and wife Savita represent their country among dignitaries from 180 nations
Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow arrives to attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito
Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf (right) and Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (second right) attend the enthronement ceremony where emperor officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne
Naruhito's grandfather, Hirohito, in whose name Japanese troops fought World War Two, was treated as a god but renounced his divine status after Japan's defeat in 1945. Emperors now have no political authority.
Though many Japanese welcomed the enthronement ceremony, some shrugged it off as a nuisance. There was at least one protest with about two dozen people taking part, a small objection compared to the sometimes violent protests when Akihito was enthroned.
'There is no need for such an elaborate ceremony. Traffic has been restricted and it is causing inconvenience for ordinary people,' said Yoshikazu Arai, 74, a retired surgeon.
'The emperor is necessary now as a symbol of the people, but at some point, the emperor will no longer be necessary. Things will be just fine without an emperor.'
Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife, Jetsun Pema, arrive at the Imperial Palace to attend the enthronement ceremony
President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi and his wife Samina Alvi leave the Imperial Palace after attending the ceremony
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani and his wife Rula Ghani leave the Pine Room at Tokyo's Imperial Palace
Attendants chant 'Banzai' cheer during the enthronement ceremony after Japanese Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his enthronement at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Despite heavy rain on the morning of the ceremony, the skies cleared as the rituals started and by the time the royal motorcade left crowds had gathered in the street
An official parade to mark the ascension has been delayed by a month due to Typhoon Higibis, but that did not stop hundreds of well-wishers gathering in the street