Formal Imperial Palace Welcome Ceremony – Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako Welcome U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump…

The Last Refuge | 5/26/2019 | sundance
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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump become the first guests of Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace.

Following custom there are three components to the state visit: (1) The guest arrival and formal greeting by the Emperor and Empress. (2) The ceremonial anthems of both nations and the presentation of the imperial guard. (3) A “state call” or discussion of diplomatic matters between the Emperor, Empress and their honored guests.

State - Call - Component - Exchange - Gifts

During the official state call component there is an exchange of gifts. First, the arrival:


Palace - Greeting - Introduction - Media - Significance

The ‘inside palace’ greeting and introduction was not covered by international media. However, due to the significance of the visit (first of imperial era of Reiwa) it was broadcast on local Japanese media as below:

For insight to the warmth of introduction by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako this broadcast video is interesting:


Another Video of the International Feed:


After the welcome ceremony, the president and first lady made a ‘state call‘ on the emperor and empress.

State - Call - Palace - Room - Media

The state call is held in an Imperial Palace room with no media presence (there was a singular, brief, video). The emperor and empress both speak fluent English (attended Oxford) and during the welcome ceremony they engaged with President Trump and First Lady Melania in English to enhance comfort. They are guests.

However, during the official ‘state call‘ the Emperor and Empress are representing the imperial nation-state of Japan. As such, formality dictates conversation in Japanese and the use of translators. After the brief segment where cameras are permitted, the host and guest exchange gifts from each nation.

POOL - President - Emperor - Viola - Custom

[POOL] The President presented the Emperor an American-made viola in a custom case and a signed...
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