The Japanese Imperial Family joined Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako as they presided over the Ceremony of New Year’s Celebration at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 1st. This was the fourth New Year’s Reception of Emperor Naruhito’s Reign, with six separate Ceremonies, and the Imperial ladies wearing Tiaras for the first time since 2020.
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.
The Emperor and Empress received greetings from the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Vice-President of the House of Councilors at the “New Year Celebration Ceremony” – Koichiro Tezuka in the “Matsu no Ma” of the Imperial Palace.
An hour later, the Imperial Family received greetings from ambassadors from various countries to Japan during the New Year’s Celebration Ceremony at the Imperial Palace’s “Matsu no Ma”.
Emperor Naruhito (in the Order of the Chrysanthemum) and Empress Masako (wearing the Meiji Scroll Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown)
The Emperor and Empress were joined by Princess Aiko (wearing Princess Sayako’s Mikimoto Diamond Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown)
Crown Prince Akishino (in the Order of the Chrysanthemum), Crown Princess Kiko (wearing the Diamond Scroll Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), and Princess Kako (in her Diamond Tiara)
Princess Takamado (wearing her Wedding Tiara)
Princess Akiko (wearing her Diamond Tiara) and Princess Yōko of Mikasa (in her Diamond Tiara) and Princess Tsuguko of Takamado (wearing her Diamond Tiara)