Empress Masako of Japan


Royalty from around the world are travelling to Japan for the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito.

Naruhito, became Emperor of Japan on May 1, the day after his father, Emperor Akihito, abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne.

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Tuesday, October 22

Ceremony of the Enthronement of Emperor Naruhito

The Enthronement Ceremony (Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi) that marks the accession of Emperor Naruhito to the Chrysanthemum Throne will take place at The Tokyo Imperial Palace on October 22, 2019.

The ceremony will be held in the Seiden-Matsu-no-Ma (State Room), with the Emperor ascending to the 6.5-meter-high throne, known as The Takamikura.

During the 30 minutes ceremony, the Emperor declares his enthronement, and then representatives from Japan and abroad offer congratulations for His Majesty’s accession.

Emperor Naruhito will be accompanied by his wife Empress Masako. She will be seated on a throne platform known as The Michōdai (Throne of Her Majesty the Empress). This throne is 5.3-meter-high.

The Takamikura and The Michōdai.

For his enthronement, Emperor Naruhito will wear a dark orange robe called “Korozen no goho” only worn by Emperors on special occasions.

The emperor will stand and deliver a speech in front of members of foreign royal families and national leaders.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will give a congratulations speech and lead three banzai cheers “long live the Emperor”.

Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko are not expected to attend the ceremony.

Imperial Procession by Motorcar

The Parade of the Emperor and Empress (The Imperial Procession by MotoCar) scheduled for Tuesday, October 22 has been postponed until Sunday, November 10.

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Masako on her wedding day.

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Court Banquet after the Ceremony of the Enthronement

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will host a banquet at The Tokyo Imperial Palace (Kōkyo) for members of royal families, dignitaries, Japanese government members among others.

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Tokyo Imperial Palace.

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The Imperial Palace at night.

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Wednesday, October 23

Tea Party at The Akasaka Imperial Residence

In the afternoon, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will invite royals to The Akasaka Imperial Residence for a tea party.

The Akasaka Imperial Residence is where Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako reside with their daughter Princess Aiko, and is located within the grounds of the Akasaka Estate.

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Emperor Naruhito, Princess Aiko and Empress Masako.

Members of the Japanese Imperial Family will be also present.

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Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko will be present at the tea party.

Royal Guests at The Enthronement Ceremony of Emperor Naruhito

  • Bahrain: Crown Prince Salman Al Khalifa
  • Belgium: King Philippe and Queen Mathilde
  • Bhutan: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel and Queen Jetsun Pema
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20 October 2019: His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey departed for Japan this morning. Their Majesties will attend the Enthronement Ceremony of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito of Japan, which will take place on October 22. Emperor Naruhito acceded to the Chrysanthemum Throne of Japan on May 1, upon the abdication of His Majesty Emperor Emeritus Akihito. Bhutan and Japan share close ties of friendship, with diplomatic relations established in 1986. Emperor Naruhito visited Bhutan as a Prince in 1987, and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo attended the Enthronement Ceremony of Emperor Akihito in 1990. Their Majesties last visited Japan in 2011. #HisMajesty #KingJigmeKhesar #HerMajesty #QueenJetsunPema #hrhgyalsey #Bhutan #Japan #EnthronementCeremony

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  • Brunei: Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
  • Cambodia: King Norodom Sihamoni
  • Denmark: Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary
  • Jordan: Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II
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لقاء مثمر مع رئيس الوزراء الياباني شينزو آبي في طوكيو اليوم، حيث نقلت تحيات جلالة الملك لشعب اليابان وتهنئته لهم بمناسبة تنصيب جلالة الإمبراطور ناروهيتو، كما ناقشنا علاقات الشراكة الاستراتيجية بين البلدين وسبل تطويرها في المجالات كافة Had a productive meeting with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe in Tokyo today, conveying His Majesty’s congratulations to the Japanese people on the enthronement of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito, and sharing views on our countries’ strategic partnership in various fields

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  • Luxembourg: Grand Duke Henri
  • Monaco: Prince Albert II
  • Netherlands: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima
  • Norway: Crown Prince Haakon

  • Spain: King Felipe and Queen Letizia

Arrival of King Felipe and Queen Letizia to Japan to attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito.

King Felipe VI and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  • Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria
  • Tonga: King Tupou VI
  • United Kingdom: The Prince of Wales

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