Thousands of benefactors bravely cold to gather in the royal palace of Japan, shouting Banzai to congratulate Emperor Naruhito on his throne
- Tens of thousands gathered outside the palace to congratulate the new emperor
- Naruhito and Empress Masako greeted benefactors from the Nijubashi bridge
- The royal couple held paper lanterns while the crowd below cheered Banzai
The Japanese emperor Naruhito thanked tens of thousands of benefactors who gathered outside the palace to congratulate his throne.
Saturday's ceremony was organized by conservative political and business groups.
Naruhito and Empress Masako greeted benefactors from the Nijubashi bridge overlooking the crowd that shouted the cheers of Banzai, or long live, before the emperor in unison, waving Japanese & # 39; rising sun & # 39; flags.
The royal couple held paper lanterns and moved them up and down in harmony with the cheers of Banzai.
Welcome greetings with Japanese flags while Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako appear outside the palace on Saturdays
WE wishrs hold Japanese national flags while cheering during a national celebration event to mark the throne of Emperor Naruhito
The Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako hold lanterns on the Nijubashi Bridge overlooking the crowd
Enthusiasts wave Japanese flags while the Japanese emperor and empress appear one day before a royal parade
Naruhito, who is committed to staying close to the people, expressed his condolences to the victims and residents who were hit by deadly storms last month.
& # 39; I greatly appreciate that so many of you have gathered today despite the cold weather to celebrate my consolation, & # 39; Naruhito said, standing next to his wife in Harvard, also a former diplomat.
The celebration consisted of music and dance performances, including the song & # 39; Ray of Water & # 39 ;, performed by the hugely popular Japanese male pop group Arashi and dedicated to the emperor, who is known for his studies in water.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako stand on the Nijubashi bridge during the National Festival to celebrate the throne of the new emperor
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako wave to the crowd below
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are on the bridge at the Imperial Palace on Saturday evening
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised to make Naruhito & # 39; s imperial era one & # 39; filled with peace and hope for everyone to prosper & # 39 ;.
Abe & # 39; s most important ultra-conservative supporter, Nippon Kaigi, or Japan Conference, was one of the organizers on Saturday. The group insists on restoring a divine emperor and maintaining a male-only succession and a patriarchal system.
Naruhito said the devastation caused by typhoon Hagibis and a heavy rainstorm in October & # 39; has hurt my heart & # 39; and hoped for a rapid reconstruction in the affected areas.
J-pop group Arashi performs a song composed for the celebration of the thrones of Japanese emperor Naruhito in Tokyo
General view of the festival on the occasion of the thrones of the Japanese emperor Naruhito
Wishes wish to wave flags outside the palace. Naruhito ascended to the Chrysanthemum throne on 1 May following the abdication of his father, Akihito
The typhoon and the rainstorm in central and northern Japan have killed more than 100 people and flooded or damaged around 100,000 homes.
Naruhito rose to the throne of the Chrysanthemum on May 1, following the abdication of his father, Akihito. He declared his throne in an ancient palace ceremony on October 22.
Saturday's celebration comes on the eve of a royal parade that was postponed due to storm damage.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako on the Nijubashi bridge. Saturday's celebration comes on the eve of a royal parade that was postponed due to storm damage
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