Japanese New Year’s Reception 2018

Members of Japanese Imperial Family attended the annual Ceremony of New Year’s Celebration at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 1st. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were accompanied by Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince and Princess Akishino, Princess Mako and extended members of the Imperial Family (in their Personal Tiaras). Crown Princess Masako (wearing her Pearl Sunburst Tiara) was present, though she didn’t attend the ceremony.

The Emperor and Empress receive greetings from the other members of Imperial Family; the Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President and Vice-President of the House of Councillors; Diet members; the Prime Minister; Ministers of State; the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court; other government officials with Imperial attestation; Administrative Vice-Ministers of Ministries and Agencies and other leading figures of legislative, executive and judicial organs; prefectural governors and chairpersons of prefectural assemblies; and heads of diplomatic missions to Japan and their spouses.

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