Japan's Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne on Tuesday in a ceremony held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo before representatives of countries around the world, offering an unusual glimpse into the rites of Japan's ancient royal lineage.

On a rainy national holiday, the new Japanese emperor took part in a ceremony lasting about 30 minutes, completing the main intricacies of his enthronement. EFE-EPA