In Japan earlier this week, we saw the historic ceremony of Emperor Akihito’s abdication at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. He is Japan’s first monarch to abdicate in more than 200 years, stepping down after a 30-year reign and giving way to his son Prince Naruhito.
Photographer Rob Walbers** was on the ground at the Japanese capital to capture what’s been happening as the new emperor ushers in the new Reiwa era.
Planning a trip to Tokyo soon? Expect limited edition Reiwa-branded items, from food to souvenirs, plus the perfect natural backdrops for that obligatory selfie.
Imperial Palace grounds
Tokyo train station
**Bonus: Rob Walbers is a photographer based in Japan. His photo exhibit, “No ma(n)d’s Land” is ongoing at the Carre Blanc Bio et Art gallery in Kyoto until May 31, before the exhibit is moved to Tokyo in August. Admission is free. Gallery hours: 10.00am to 6.00pm.
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