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Japan's new empress, Empress Masako, waves as she and Emperor Naruhito leave the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)
Japan's Reiwa era

In pictures: Japan's first day of the Reiwa era

Nation celebrates with weddings, gatherings and ceremonies

KEN KOBAYASHI, Nikkei Asian Review photo editor | Japan

TOKYO -- Emperor Naruhito ascended Japan's Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, marking the start of the Reiwa era and putting the nation in a festive mood. Here is a look at images taken Wednesday of the ceremonies involved in the emperor's ascension, and how the Japanese people celebrated the event.

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