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World Tens of thousands celebrate Japan emperor's enthronement

15:01  09 november  2019
15:01  09 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Tens of thousands of people gathered on Saturday at a national festival to celebrate the enthronement of Japan ' s Emperor Naruhito with dancers and pop stars offering jubilant performances.

The enthronement of the emperor of Japan (即位の礼 Sokui no rei) is an ancient ceremony that marks the accession of a new monarch to the Chrysanthemum Throne

Tens of thousands of people gathered on Saturday at a national festival to celebrate the enthronement of Japan's Emperor Naruhito with dancers and pop stars offering jubilant performances.

a group of people in front of a crowd: Tens of thousands gathered in Tokyo to celebrate the enthronment of Japan's Emperor Naruhito© CHARLY TRIBALLEAU Tens of thousands gathered in Tokyo to celebrate the enthronment of Japan's Emperor Naruhito

Some 10,000 citizens who won hard-to-get tickets and 20,000 invited guests attended the evening festival at Tokyo's Imperial Palace Plaza, which was broadcast live across the nation.

The festival came after Naruhito completed his ascension to the Chrysanthemum throne on October 22 in a ceremony steeped in the traditions and grandeur of a monarchy that claims 2,000 years of history.

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The Emperor of Japan is the head of the Imperial Family and the head of state of Japan . Under the 1947 constitution, he is defined as "the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people."

After 30 years on the Chrysanthemum Throne, Emperor Akihito of Japan abdicated on 30 April 2019, being the first Japanese emperor to do so since 1817.

"I am grateful to you gathering here today for your congratulations," Naruhito told a flag-waving crowd, standing on a stone bridge at the palace with Empress Masako following congratulatory speeches by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other notable figures.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Emperor Naruhito completed his ascension to the Japanese throne last month© CHARLY TRIBALLEAU Emperor Naruhito completed his ascension to the Japanese throne last month

J-pop group Arashi performed a song composed for the event.

Earlier in the day, another 30,000 people enjoyed local dancing performances at the venue.

On Sunday, the royal couple will parade in a convertible car along a 4.6-kilometre (2.9-mile) route from the palace to their residence in central Tokyo to mark the enthronement.

The parade was originally scheduled for October 22 but postponed after more than 80 people were killed when Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan and caused widespread damage.

In his brief speech, the emperor offered his condolences to the victims and voiced his "sincere hope" for an early recovery from the disaster.

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