On 22 October, First Year of Reiwa (2019), Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi (Ceremony of the Enthronement of the Emperor at the Seiden [State Hall]) was solemnly observed at the Imperial Palace. On this auspicious occasion, the Emperor proclaimed the enthronement and received felicitations from representatives from both Japan and abroad, including foreign heads of state and other dignitaries.
The Ceremony was followed by Kyoen-no-gi (Court Banquet) which was also held at the Imperial Palace, to celebrate the enthronement and receive the congratulations from the guests on his accession to the throne.
At Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi, the Emperor, in his address, stated: “I pledge hereby that I shall act according to the Constitution and fulfil my responsibility as the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people of Japan, while always wishing for the happiness of the people and the peace of the world, turning my thoughts to the people and standing by them.
“I sincerely hope that our country, through our people’s wisdom and unceasing efforts, achieves further development and contributes to the friendship and peace of the international community and the welfare and prosperity of humankind,” the Emperor said.
President Maithripala Sirisena and his wife attended Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi as well as Kyoen-no-gi, representing the Government and the people of Sri Lanka. The highest courtesy accorded by the Government of Sri Lanka, that symbolises the time-honoured friendship between the two countries, was deeply appreciated by the Government and the people of Japan.