Imperial Couple Parades Through Central Tokyo

Imperial couple parades through central Tokyo

Japan's Emperor and Empress made a procession through the heart of Tokyo in an open-top limousine on Sunday as crowds celebrated Emperor Naruhito's enthronement.

People began gathering around the Imperial Palace in the morning so they could get a close look at the Imperial couple.

The parade started at the Imperial Palace at 3:00 p.m. The Emperor and Empress made their way in a car to their home on the grounds of the Akasaka Estate.

The route was 4.6 kilometers long.

The parade lasted about 30 minutes.

The procession 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.