Emperor Proclaims Enthronement In A Ceremony

Emperor proclaims enthronement in a ceremony

A ceremony to mark the accession of Japan's Emperor Naruhito has taken place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

He took the throne in May. Today his accession is being celebrated by leaders of Japan and dignitaries from around the world.

The Emperor proclaimed his enthronement from the Takamikura throne in the State Hall.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe followed with a congratulatory message on behalf of the public.

He then lead three rounds of banzai, a traditional Japanese exclamation wishing a long life.

Earlier today, the Emperor visited the Imperial Palace sanctuaries, where he reported to the Sun Goddess, the souls of his ancestors, and various deities that the enthronement ceremony would be held.

The Empress also separately visited the three sanctuaries.

The ritual was attended by Crown Prince and Princess Akishino and other Imperial family members, as well as the country's leaders.