Imperial family greet Tokyo crowds six times from palace balcony in Tokyo
Tens of thousands of people queued for hours to catch a glimpse of Japans new emperor, Naruhito, as he greeted the public for the first time since his fathers abdication.
A smiling Naruhito, 59, appeared on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday alongside his wife, Empress Masako, and other members of the imperial family.
The forecourt was transformed into a sea of red and white as many wellwishers waved Japanese flags while others snapped photos on their phones.
In a short speech, Naruhito told the assembled crowds that he was delighted and deeply grateful.