Emperor, Empress Rehearse Enthronement Ceremony

Emperor, empress rehearse enthronement ceremony

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have taken part in a rehearsal for their enthronement ceremony next week.

The imperial couple opened their car's window and waved to passersby as they arrived at the Imperial Palace on Tuesday afternoon.

The Imperial Household Agency says the couple then confirmed procedures for the ceremony in the palace's State Room.

The ceremony will be held next Tuesday. The emperor will dress in an ancient court costume called Koro-zen-no-gohoo, step on the Takamikura throne and deliver an address declaring his accession.

The empress will step on the Michodai, a seat placed next to the emperor's throne. She will be wearing a ceremonial multilayered kimono.

After the rehearsal, the couple viewed the open-top car they will be riding in during their imperial procession.