Japanese emperor greets crowd at palace after COVID hiatus


              Well-wishers arrive for the New Year's appearance by the Japanese royal family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. The event was held for the first time in three years, following a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako wave to well-wishers through a bullet-proof glass from a balcony during their New Year's public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. The annual celebration returned after a two-year hiatus for coronavirus restrictions. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Japan's Emperor Naruhito delivers a speech with Empress Masako to well-wishers from the bullet-proofed balcony during a public appearance with his imperial families at Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, Pool)
            
              Well-wishers arrive for the New Year's appearance by the Japanese royal family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. The event was held for the first time in three years, following a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Japan's Emperor Naruhito delivers an address to well-wishers through a bullet-proof glass from a balcony during their New Year's public appearance at the Imperial Palace  in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. The annual celebration returned after a two-year hiatus for coronavirus restrictions. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Well-wishers arrive for the New Year's appearance by the Japanese royal family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. The event was held for the first time in three years, following a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Japan's Emperor emeritus Akihito and Empress emerita Michiko greet well-wishers through a bullet-proof glass from a balcony during their New Year's public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. The annual celebration returned after a two-year hiatus for coronavirus restrictions. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako wave to well-wishers through a bullet-proof glass from a balcony during their New Year's public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. The annual celebration returned after a two-year hiatus for coronavirus restrictions. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Princess Tsuguko of Takamado, Princess Hisako of Takamado, Princess Hanako of Hitachi, Prince Hitachi, Emperor Emeritus Akihito, Empress Emerita Michiko, Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, Princess Aiko, Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Kako, Princess Yuriko of Mikasa, Princess Nobuko of Mikasa and Princess Akiko of Mikasa greet well-wishers during the New Year's appearance by the Japanese royal family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Japan's Emperor emeritus Akihito and Empress emerita Michiko greet well-wishers through a bullet-proof glass from a balcony during their New Year's public appearance at the Imperial Palace  in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. The annual celebration returned after a two-year hiatus for coronavirus restrictions. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako greet well-wishers during the traditional New Year's greeting ceremony by Japan's royal family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. (Philip Fong/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Japan's Emperor Naruhito gives a speech as Empress Masako and their daughter Princess Aiko, right, listen during the traditional New Year's greeting ceremony by Japan's royal family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. (Philip Fong/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako greet well-wishers during the traditional New Year's greeting ceremony by Japan's royal family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. (Philip Fong/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Japan's Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, center, and Princess Aiko wave during the New Year's appearance by the Japanese royal family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool Photo via AP)
Japanese emperor greets crowd at palace after COVID hiatus