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The Emperor of Japan greets the public in parade-marking enthronement

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have waved and smiled from an open car in a motorcade, marking his hustle in front of hundreds of thousands of people.

Merry successful people cheered and waved small flags, taking pictures from both sides of packed sidewalks in Tokyo.

Security was extremely tight as police set up 40 checkpoints leading to the area.

Selfie sticks, bottles and banners – and even cries – were not allowed in the restricted zone.

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Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako beckon to spectators (Jae C Hong / AP)

Residents of high-rise buildings along the road were asked not to look down from their windows or balconies.

Naruhito followed his father Akihito on May 1 after his abdication and formally emerged Chrysanthemum Throne in a palace ceremony last month.

The parade started from the Imperial Palace with the Kimigayo national anthem played by the marching band.

Naruhito, wearing a tail coat decorated with medals and wearing a brimmed hat, and Masako, in an off-white long dress and a tiara, continued waving a Toyota Century convertible.

The car was decorated with the Chrysanthemum emblems and the Emperor's flag during a half-hour motorcade on the three-kilometer route from the Palace to the Akasaka Imperial Residence.

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A Japanese Successful Has a National Flag (Eugene Hoshiko / AP)

Naruhito, seated on the right side of the slightly raised rear seat, constantly turned his head to the right and left, responding to the people cheering from the opposite side of the street as the motorcade slowly moved at the speed of a jogger, led by a fleet of police motorcycles.

The parade was postponed from the original October date because of the recent typhoon that left more than 90 dead and tens of thousands of homes flooded or damaged.

Thousands of people had lined up at checkpoints hours before the parade, trying to secure their seats to get the best possible view of the royal couple.

The parade was the first since Naruhito and Masako's marriage in June 1993, just three years after their parents celebrated their enchantment in a Rolls-Royce.

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Motorcade runs through Tokyo (Shinji Kita / Kyodo News via AP)

Naruhito and Masako are warmly welcomed by the public. Many Japanese people were especially impressed with the couple who spoke freely with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during their visitation week following Naruhito's legacy in May, according to the Palace Monitor.

There are expectations that Naruhito, the first emperor with a college degree who also studied abroad, and his Harvard-educated wife Masako, will internationalize the imperial household.

Naruhito, who studied at Oxford, is a historian, a viola player and an expert on water transport.

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