Photo/IllutrationCrown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako greet visitors on Jan. 2 at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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New Emperor Naruhito is expected to deliver a speech to the public at the Imperial Palace on May 4, an expected joyous and crowded occasion that will start a busy ceremonial schedule.

Naruhito, who ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, will appear on the veranda of the Imperial Palace’s Chowaden Hall with Empress Masako and other imperial family members.

They will make appearances six times during the day. The first one will start at 10 a.m., and the final appearance is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Large crowds are expected to flock to the East Gardens to offer their congratulations.

The main entrance of the Imperial Palace will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., allowing the public to see the new emperor from a short distance away.

Emperor Emeritus Akihito, who abdicated on April 30, and Empress Emerita Michiko will not attend the event.

Later this month, the new emperor and empress will welcome their first state guests, U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, who are scheduled to visit Japan from May 25 to 28.

Welcoming events and a banquet at the Imperial Palace are being planned for that occasion.

Naruhito will proclaim his enthronement at the Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi ceremony on Oct. 22. The imperial couple will meet foreign dignitaries and formally acknowledge the felicitations of representatives of the people and foreign nations.

A parade called the Shukuga-Onretsu-no-Gi will be held on the same day, in which the imperial couple are expected to ride on public roads in Toyota’s luxury convertible Century.

On Nov. 14 and 15, Naruhito will participate in the Daijokyu-no-Gi ceremony of the Daijosai, the first ceremonial offering of harvested rice by a newly enthroned emperor to imperial ancestors and the gods.