Visitors walk through the Imperial Palace outer garden in Tokyo, Japan, 21 October 2019, the day before Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony.
Some 2,000 guests from Japan and over 180 countries are expected to attend the enthronement ceremony on 22 October 2019.
The ceremony will take place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Tuesday and will follow the traditional Japanese rite. It will be broadcast directly on the national Japanese station.
The Japanese monarchy is the oldest in the world which still appoints the heir to the throne as emperor.
Emperor Naruhito will be enthroned following the abdication of his father Akihito in April.
Malta will be represented by President and Mrs George Vella who left Malta for Japan on Sunday.