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Emperor Naruhito takes part in 1st official ceremony after assuming throne

Emperor Naruhito takes part in the "Kenji-to-Shokei-no-gi" accession ceremony in the "Matsu no Ma" room at the Imperial Palace, in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on May 1, 2019. (Mainichi/Masahiro Ogawa)

TOKYO -- New Emperor Naruhito attended his first official ceremony after assuming the throne, called "Kenji-to-Shokei-no-gi," at the Imperial Palace here at approximately 10:30 a.m. on May 1.

Emperor Naruhito enters the Imperial Palace by the Hanzomon gate for the "Kenji-to-Shokei-no-gi" accession ceremony in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on May 1, 2019. (Mainichi/Yuki Miyatake)

During the ritual, in the "Matsu no Ma" room of the Imperial Palace, chamberlains placed the sacred sword and jewel, part of the Imperial Regalia, and the State and Privy seals that Emperor Naruhito will use in acts in matters of state, onto a stand set up in front of the new Emperor.

The Emperor then left the room, accompanied by chamberlains. The rite ended in about 10 minutes.

From 11:10 a.m., a ceremony called "Sokui-go-Choken-no-gi" will be held in the same room, where the new Emperor will address the nation in his first speech on the throne.

(Mainichi)

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