Emperor Naruhito Enthronement Ceremony
JAPAN

ENTHRONEMENT OF EMPEROR NARUHITO AND EMPRESS MASAKO

The Enthronement Ceremony (Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi) of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan took place at The Tokyo Imperial Palace on October 22, 2019.

The Emperor headed to The Tokyo Imperial Palace in the morning and was greeted by well-wishers.

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Naruhito and Masako became Emperor and Empress on May 1, the day after his father, Emperor Akihito, abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne.

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Royals Arrived for Emperor Naruhito Enthronement

Royalty from around the world and foreign dignitaries arrived to The Tokyo Imperial Palace for the 30-minutes ceremony.

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Prince Charles of Wales.

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Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

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King Carl XVI Gustaf and daughter Crown Princess Victoria.

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Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium.

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King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan.

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Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.

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Malaysia’s King, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad and Malaysia’s Queen, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Iskandar.

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Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

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Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni.

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Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.



Enthronement Ceremony of Emperor Naruhito

The Enthronement Ceremony is an elaborate ritual at The Tokyo Imperial Palace in which Emperor Naruhito officially announced his change in status to the world.

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Crown Prince Fumihito.

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Crown Princess Kiko.

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Princess Kako and Princess Mako of Akishino.

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Prince Hitashi.

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Empress Masako.

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Members of Japan’s Imperial Family.



A general view during the ceremony to proclaim Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement to the world, called Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi.

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Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain.

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King Letsie III of Lesotho and Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso.

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Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, King Carl Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria.



At the sound of a gong in the Seiden-Matsu-no-Ma (State Room), two courtiers opened the purple curtains on the throne, known as The Takamikura. The throne is 6.5-meter-high.

Naruhito was revealed standing in front of The Takamikura, dressed in a dark orange robe called “Korozen no goho” and a black headdress.

The Emperor officially proclaimed his enthronement as he said:

“I pledge hereby that I shall act according to the Constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people of Japan, while always wishing for the happiness of the people and the peace of the world, turning my thoughts to the people and standing by them. I sincerely hope that our country, through our people’s wisdom and unceasing efforts, achieves further development and contributes to the friendship and peace of the international community and the welfare and prosperity of humankind.”

Emperor Naruhito of Japan
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Empress Masako was on a smaller throne, known as The Michōdai (Throne of Her Majesty the Empress). She was dressed in a heavy 12-layered robes that can weigh around 15 kilogrammes (33 pounds).

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Empress Masako of Japan.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a congratulatory speech on behalf of people of Japan. He said:

“Looking up to Your Majesty as the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people, we, the people of Japan, with fresh minds, will engage in our very best efforts to create a bright future for a Japan in which we take pride, a Japan that is peaceful and brimming with hope, and an era of culture coming into being and flourishing, when people bring their hearts and minds together in a beautiful manner.

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After that, Prime Minister lead three banzai cheers “long live the Emperor”.

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King Letsie III of Lesotho, Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso, Grand Duke Henri, Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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Prince Charles and Crown Princess Mary behind of them Crown Prince Hussein and Prince Alois of Liechtenstein.

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Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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Japan’s Emperor Naruhito leaves at the end of the enthronement ceremony.

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Empress Masako.

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