Emperor, Empress Hold Tea Party For Royals

Emperor, Empress hold tea party for royals

Japan's Emperor and Empress have held a tea party for royalty visiting Japan from abroad to attend the enthronement ceremony of the Emperor.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako hosted the party at their residence, the Akasaka Palace, on Wednesday afternoon.

They invited royals who attended the main enthronement ceremony, called "Sokui-rei-Seiden-no-gi," which was held on Tuesday.

Thirty-one royal family members from 18 countries took part in the tea party. Crown Prince and Princess Akishino, and other Imperial family members also joined the event.

The Imperial couple welcomed the guests, including King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, at the entrance.

They then moved to the party venue, and the Emperor and Empress reportedly talked with the guests in English over drinks for about 45 minutes.

The royals reportedly expressed their gratitude for the invitation to the enthronement ceremony and hospitality they received during their stay.

The Imperial couple expressed their gratitude to the guests for visiting Japan.

Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko joined after the party was underway. The couple reportedly expressed their gratitude when the guests said they were happy to see the couple in good health.