Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace... on one of only two days in public.

Check here for more information, or here for last years report on the event.

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Some of the inner palace. You can only see this 2x a year.

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More of the inner palace.

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When the Emperor (and family) finally showed, the Japanese flags were a-flyin'. Everyone was handed one at the entrance (even us gaijin).

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Hmmm. novel concept.

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Official policeman on a horse.

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There is a better shot of this cool bridge on the link above.

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I think there is something about trimming trees in a certain way. I've seen other trees that are manicured in this way around Tokyo.

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