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Japan's Reiwa era

Japan's Imperial couple draws thousands for enthronement parade

Motorcade procession marks last event in Naruhito's ascent to the throne

Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako wave to the crowd during his enthronement parade from the Imperial Palace to the Akasaka Imperial Residence in Tokyo on Nov. 10. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- A procession to celebrate Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement drew crowds of spectators to central Tokyo on Sunday afternoon, marking the last ceremonial event in his ascension to the throne.

The roughly 30-minute parade, during which the emperor and Empress Masako waved to well-wishers from an open-top limousine, was originally scheduled for October, but was delayed as Japan recovered from Typhoon Hagibis.

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