The sunny streets of Tokyo are already filling up with excited crowds ahead of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement procession. The Emperor and Empress will parade through the heart of the city in an open-top limousine on Sunday afternoon.
People have been gathering around the Imperial Palace since the morning so they can get a good look at the Imperial couple.
The media has been invited to see an open-top car that will carry Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako in a procession in Tokyo later this month to celebrate the Emperor's enthronement.
The car, which was delivered to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo last month, is based on Toyota Motor's Century sedan. It is more than 5 meters long and almost 2 meters wide.
Ornately decorated floats paraded through Japan's ancient capital Kyoto on Wednesday at the climax of the annual Gion Festival.
The grand procession began in the morning when a child in traditional costume on the lead float used a sword to cut a sacred rope stretched across one of the city's main streets.
About 250 Imperial Guard Headquarters members paraded solemnly through central Tokyo on Jan. 25 with unwavering determination ahead of the upcoming historical events in accordance with Emperor Akihito's abdication of the throne.
The members of the Imperial Guard Headquarters, dedicated to the protection of the emperor and his family, marched in perfect unison with 12 guard horses and three guard dogs during an annual parade through Higashi Gyoen (east garden of the Imperial Palace) to mark the beginning of the year.
Dozens of horses decked out in colorful fittings and bells have taken part in an annual early summer festival in northern Japan.
The "Chagu Chagu Umakko" festival features horses adorned with bells and decorations. It is held at the end of the rice-planting season to give thanks to the animals for helping farmers in the fields.
It's been announced that Cheeky Parade will disband in July.
Cheeky Parade formed on February 19, 2012 and made their major debut in January of 2013 as Avex's idol label iDOL Street's second artist following SUPER☆GiRLS. Since Yamamoto Marin and Suzuki Mariya went to Los Angeles to study abroad in January of 2016, the group has been active as a five member group.