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Japan's Reiwa era

Japan's emperor performs first ritual at Imperial Palace

New monarch also reports dates of enthronement and thanksgiving ceremonies

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attend a ritual of reporting dates for the enthronement and great thanksgiving ceremonies at the Imperial sanctuaries on May 8. (Courtesy of Imperial Household Agency)

TOKYO -- Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako performed their first ritual at the Imperial Palace on Wednesday, kicking off a series of enthronement ceremonies that will last until fall.

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