The Japanese Imperial Family presided over the Ceremony of New Year’s Celebration at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 1st. This was the third New Year’s Reception of Emperor Naruhito’s Reign, but due to the ongoing pandemic, the Ceremonies were reduced from six to five, and only one-tenth, 262, people were received. The Imperial ladies refrained from wearing Tiaras due to the ‘severe situation of many people’.
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 (wearing a Pearl Necklace, Diamond Scroll Brooch, and the Order of the Precious Crown) presided over the annual Ceremony of New Year’s Celebration in the Matsu-no-Ma State Room at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The Emperor and Empress received greetings from the other members of Imperial Family; the Prime Minister, Ministers, the Secretary of the Supreme Court, members of the House of Representatives, the Chairman of the House of Representatives, the Chairman of the House of Councillors, and heads of diplomatic missions to Japan.
The Emperor and Empress were joined by Princess Aiko, Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Kako, Princess Tomohito of Mikasa, Princess Akiko of Mikasa and Princess Yōko of Mikasa Princess Takamado, and Princess Tsuguko of Takamado