In pictures: here’s what you missed during the first few days of Reiwa in Tokyo

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

Locals and visitors flock to the Imperial Palace Garden to line up and greet the new Emperor
Locals and visitors flock to the Imperial Palace Garden to line up and greet the new Emperor
Japanese flags get distributed to everyone in the area
Japanese flags get distributed to everyone in the area

It's become a traditional dress-up event for a few locals in honor of the new empreror
It’s become a traditional dress-up event for a few locals in honor of the new empreror

Tokyo train station

Japanese flags have been raised in front of the Tokyo train station, attracting people of all ages for the obligatory selfie
Japanese flags have been raised in front of the Tokyo train station, attracting people of all ages to take a selfie
The Marunouchi entrance of Tokyo Station had a sign up congratulating the new Emperor and Empress
The Marunouchi entrance of Tokyo Station had a sign up congratulating the new Emperor and Empress
A small souvenir shop close to Suidobashi station is selling shirts and and other Reiwa era-related items
A small souvenir shop close to Suidobashi station is selling shirts and and other Reiwa era-related items

Tokyo Dome

In front of Tokyo Dome you can find this sticker on the ground which, depending on which side you stand, reads as or HEISEI or REIWA
In front of Tokyo Dome you can find this sticker on the ground which, depending on which side you stand, reads as or HEISEI or REIWA

Shibuya

The food department of Seibu department store in Shibuya has a whole ray of REIWA sweets and drinks, all limited products especially made for the occasion
The food department of Seibu department store in Shibuya has a whole ray of REIWA sweets and drinks, all limited products especially made for the occasion

**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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Photographed by

Rob Walbers

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