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11月23日号 即位パレード 笑顔の両陛下 12万人が祝福

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celebratory
祝賀の
ascension to the throne
即位(後出 enthronement も同意)
Emperor
天皇(後出 Empress は皇后、Imperial Couple は天皇皇后両陛下、Crown Prince はここでは皇嗣(こうし)、Crown Princess はここでは皇嗣妃、Emperor Emeritus は上皇)
Imperial Palace
皇居(後出 Akasaka Imperial Palace は赤坂御所のこと)
witness
じかに見る
cutaway coat
えんび服
medal
勲章
tiara
宝冠のこと
chief cabinet secretary
内閣官房長官
motorcade
車列
delighted
喜びに満ちた
well-wisher
(ここでは)祝福する人(後出 good wishes は祝福の言葉)
cheer
歓声を上げる
packed
人がいっぱいの
sidewalk
沿道、歩道
get teary
涙ぐむ
succeed
継承する
abdication
退位
proclaim
宣言する
incur
被る、受ける
postpone
延期する
 

Celebratory Ride   

A parade celebrating the ascension of Emperor Naruhito to the throne took place as a national ceremony on the afternoon of Nov. 10, running from the Imperial Palace in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward to the Akasaka Imperial Palace in the capital's Minato Ward on a course approximately 4.6 kilometers long.

Both Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako were driven in a car with an open roof, and responded to members of the public who had gathered to witness the first parade of the Reiwa era with smiles and waves.

The government had newly ordered a Toyota Century hybrid sedan for the occasion. The Imperial Couple got into the car at the Imperial Palace at around 3 p.m. The Emperor was dressed in a cutaway coat, with a top-ranking medal on his chest, while the Empress was dressed in a long white dress and wore a tiara and a medal.

The Imperial Couple's vehicle followed cars carrying Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and others. Just behind the Imperial Couple was a car carrying Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko. There were 46 vehicles in the motorcade, including security vehicles, stretching some 400 meters.

About 119,000 delighted well-wishers cheered, waved small flags and took photos from packed sidewalks. At one point, Empress Masako appeared to get teary as people showered the Imperial Couple with good wishes.

Emperor Naruhito succeeded his father, Emperor Emeritus Akihito, on May 1 following his father's abdication, and formally proclaimed his enthronement in a palace ceremony in October.

The Japanese government had originally planned to hold the parade on Oct. 22, the same day as the Emperor's enthronement ceremony, but in consideration of the great damage incurred across the country from Typhoon Hagibis, the 19th of the year, the parade had been postponed.

(Compiled from AP and Mainichi reports)

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