Japanese New Year’s Reception 2022

Emperor Naruhito (wearing the Sash and Star of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers and the Star and Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum) and Empress Masako of Japan (in the Order of the Precious Crown) presided over the annual Ceremony of New Year’s Celebration at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 1st. The Emperor and Empress received 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. This was the third New Year’s Reception of Emperor Naruhito’s Reign, and the Imperial ladies refrained from wearing Tiaras for the second year due to the ‘severe situation of many people’.

Princess Aiko (wearing the Order of the Precious Crown), Crown Prince Akishino (in the Order of the Chrysanthemum), and Princess Kako were also present along with other extended members of the Imperial Family; Princess Tomohito of Mikasa, Princess Akiko, Princess Yōko, Princess Takamado and Princess Tsuguko (all in the Order of the Precious Crown).


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  1. How lovely to see Princess Aiko take her place next to her parents as the Princess Royal. It would have been even better if she had appeared as the heiress, but it is what it is. And how discrete of the family to not wear tiaras at the event.

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