Events to mark the new Reiwa era have taken place in Japan and around the world.
In Tokyo, about 70 senior-ranking wrestlers have celebrated the start of the era by standing in formation to spell out the two kanji characters that make up the name. Among them were Yokozuna grand champions Hakuho and Kakuryu, as well as newly promoted ozeki Takakeisho.
In the United Arab Emirates, an LED display marking the occasion was lit up on the side of the 340 meter-tall headquarters of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company on Wednesday evening.
Japanese residents and local people gathered to admire the illumination which included an image of the Japanese flag.
An official of the oil company said it was a pleasure to celebrate the start of the Reiwa era with Japan. The official expressed hope for deepening bilateral ties, saying the future of Japan affects the future of the UAE.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote a message on Twitter in Japanese honoring Emperor Naruhito's enthronement. Cavusoglu said he hopes the Reiwa era will bring happiness to the Japanese people.