Thousands of Japanese waved flags on Sunday and greeted Emperor Naruhito and his wife, Empress Masako, who drove in an open car in a column of vehicles through the streets of Tokyo to present themselves to their subjects and complete the rituals associated with enthronement. The imperial couple smiled and waved to the crowds on both sides of the road, reported Associated Press.
The parade was originally to take place on October 22, after the ceremony during which Naruhito announced to the world his accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne. However, it was postponed in connection with the action of removing damage caused by typhoon Hagibis, which had previously passed over Japan, killing at least 80 people.
It was the first parade since June 1993, when Naruhito and Masako - then the prince and princess - were married, three years after the parade on the occasion of the enthronement of Emperor Akihito.