Details of Exclusive Party Uhuru, Margaret Will Attend in Japan

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta arriving in Japan on October 21, 2019. Twitter
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, October 21, touched down in Tokyo, Japan, for one of the most exclusive parties to be held there in over three decades.

    In the company of the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta, the president is set to grace the enthronement ceremony for Emperor Naruhito.

    "The President and the First Lady are special guests of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo at the ceremony to be held tomorrow," State House announced via its official Twitter page.

    Initial estimates place the total cost of the one-day event at Ksh15.5 billion, the Asian Review reported.

    Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will be formally crowned on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, in a centuries-old ritual held in Japan
    Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will be formally crowned on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, in a centuries-old ritual held in Japan

    The ceremony will be held for the first time in nearly three decades, with the country observing a national holiday. 

    Clad in a dark orange robe, only worn by emperors on special occasions, Emperor Naruhito will proclaim his enthronement on Tuesday at the Imperial Palace.

    Under the current plan, ceremonial officials carrying swords and bows, together with musicians with drums and gongs, will line up outside in the courtyard, which is to be decorated with colourful flags and spears.

    A sword and a jewel, two of the three items that symbolize the Imperial status, will be placed on a table in the Matsu no Ma stateroom, considered the palace's most elegant hall.

    The event is one of the most exclusive events in recent history, with almost all the Monarchs of the world expected to be in attendance.

    Prince Charles and Camilla in Japan in 2008. Prince Charles will join President Uhuru and other dignitaries for the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito on October 22, 2019.
    Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in Japan in 2008. Prince Charles will join President Uhuru Kenyatta and other dignitaries for the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito on October 22, 2019.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in Japan, October 21, 2019
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in Japan, October 21, 2019

    The Kenyattas will be in the company of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, King Philippe of Belgium, King Felipe VI of Spain, as well as the U.K.’s Prince Charles and Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and countless other dignitaries.

    Naruhito, 59, became emperor on May 1, the day after his father, Emperor Akihito, abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne, with a series of ceremonies scheduled for the following months and culminating with the enthronement.