Japanese Emperor's Birthday

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Only two occasions a year allow the Japanese Imperial Household Agency to open the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to the public. The first is for the Emperor's birthday on December 23rd, the other is at his New Years address. Both these occasions allow the Japanese people to get a peak inside the cloistered palace walls and also gives Emperor Akihito a chance to speak to the crowds of well wishers, tourists and nationalists which come to listen to him and watch the Royal family as it makes a rare appearance. Though respected and liked by most Japanese people the Royal family stand behind bullet proof glass on a balcony of the Chowaden reception hall for these occasions and many police shepherd the visitors through the palace grounds. December 23rd, Tokyo. Japan
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