Editor's note: Emperor Naruhito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday, marking the start of a new imperial era in Japan.
Naruhito wears ceremonial attire for his coming-of-age ritual in Feb 1980. (PHOTO / IC)
Naruhito and Masako Owada are dressed in traditional imperial court wedding gowns during a dress rehearsal at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on June 2, 1993. (PHOTO / IC)
Photo taken on June 9, 1993, shows Japanese the then Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife Masako waving during their wedding parade in Tokyo. (PHOTO / IC)
Naruhito poses at his residence Togu Palace in Tokyo, Feb 11, 2015. Naruhito celebrates his 55th birthday on Feb 23, 2015. (PHOTO / IC)
Japanese Princess Aiko, accompanied by her father Naruhito, arrives at the Gakushuin Kindergarten to attend the open house classes for father's day in Tokyo, June 18, 2006. (PHOTO / IC)
Naruhito and Masako laugh with their then four-year-old daughter Aiko in the garden of their residence Togu Palace in Tokyo, Nov 24, 2005. (PHOTO / IC)
Naruhito, center, plays the viola as the Gakushuin OB Orchestra performs Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" during an annual concert at the university's hall in Tokyo, Dec 8, 1996. (PHOTO / IC)
Photo taken on Oct 27, 1985, shows Naruhito signing a guest book between Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. (PHOTO / IC)
Naruhito poses for photographs at Togu Palace in Tokyo, in November 1964. (PHOTO / IC)
Naruhito (left) and his father Akihito look at Brazilian traditional artwork at Togu Palace in Tokyo, in Dec 1982. (PHOTO / IC)
Photo taken on May 13, 1986, shows Naruhito signing at the opening ceremony of the British Council's new premises in Tokyo, as Britain's Prince Charles looks on. (PHOTO / IC)
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