Emperor, Empress To Parade Through Central Tokyo

Emperor, Empress to parade through central Tokyo

Japan's Emperor and Empress will parade through central Tokyo on Sunday afternoon.

The motorcade procession is to mark the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to come out to celebrate and extend their good wishes.

The Imperial procession called the "Shukuga-Onretsu-no-gi" was originally planned for October 22 after the Emperor's enthronement ceremony.

But the government postponed it to focus on recovery efforts in areas affected by Typhoon Hagibis.

The Imperial couple will start at the Imperial Palace at 3:00 p.m. in an open-top car and make their way to their residence on the grounds of the Akasaka Estate.

The entire route is 4.6 kilometers long.

The parade will last about 30 minutes.

Crown Prince and Princess Akishino, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also take part in the procession.

A total of 46 vehicles, including police motorcycles, will be used.

Members of the Imperial Guard and the Self-Defense Forces will salute the couple as they pass.

Bands from the Imperial Household Agency, police and other organizations will perform along the route to share in the celebratory mood.

The parade is the last of the five key ceremonies related to the accession, which began on May first.