On May 1st, from around 10:30 am¹ the official ceremony where now Emperor Naruhito ascended upon the throne and became the 126 Emperor of Japan commenced. This took place at the Imperial Palace located in Tokyo Prefecture. The ceremony, entitled “Shin-Tennō Heika Sokui” (新天皇陛下即位), was televised and almost 2 hours long! Of course, this included waiting time, as well as departure time of both Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.
To summarize, the live broadcast of the ceremony consisted of several segments, a few more significant than others:
1) The arrival of new Emperor Naruhito & guests to the palace (即位の儀式へ)
2) Passing of the 3 Imperial Treasures (剣璽等承継の儀²)
3) Arrival of new Empress Masako (皇后雅子さまが皇居へ出発)
4) Invitees taking audience before the new Emperor & Empress (即位後朝見の儀³)
5) First speech by the new Emperor (初おことば⁴)
Some segments were much shorter than others. Still, it was a momentous occasion for many who were able to watch the ceremony.
Final moments of the ceremony. Click on each pic for a short description.
From here on, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako represent the Imperial family. May 1 is also the start of the new era Reiwa, which also marks their time of reign.
1) Japan is 13 hours ahead of where I live, so the ceremony has long past from the time of writing this post.
2) Pronounced “Kenji tō Shōkei no Gi”
3) Pronounced “Sokui go Chōken no Gi”
4) Pronounced “Hatsu Okotoba”.