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(Update) Emperor, Empress Parade in Tokyo to Cheers of Crowds

(Update) Emperor, Empress Parade in Tokyo to Cheers of Crowds

   Tokyo, Nov. 10 (Jiji Press)--With crowds of jubilant well-wishers cheering, waving flags and taking pictures at roadside, Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako rode through central Tokyo on Sunday to celebrate the Emperor's enthronement.
   Under a clear autumn sky, the Emperor, 59, and the Empress, 55, were all smiles in a black customized convertible of Toyota Motor Corp.'s <7203> Century, waving to the throngs who descended on the capital from across the nation to witness the pageant.
   The "Shukuga-Onrestu-no-Gi" parade was the first procession for the Imperial couple since a parade after their marriage in June 1993.
   An estimated 119,000 people lined the procession route, more than the 117,000 who turned out for the 1990 parade for the Emperor's parents, then Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
   Emperor Naruhito, wearing a black tailcoat with medals including the Collar of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum, and Empress Masako, in a white long dress with a tiara and a medal, left the Imperial Palace at around 3 p.m. (6 a.m. GMT), to the performance of a march composed by Yukio Kitahara, conductor of the Imperial Household Agency's music department.

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