The Emperor's Birthday(天皇誕生日
Tenno Tanjobi). It
is the birthdate of the reigning Emperor Akihito who was born on December 23,
1933. This day was set up as a national holiday after Akihito’s ascending the throne in 1989. In the morning the Emperor receives
greetings from the members of the Imperial family, prime minister, Parliament
chairman and councilors. Then a special tea ceremony is held for ambassadors of
different countries. Crowds of Japanese people come to the ImperialPalace
to greet their emperor who appears on the glazed balcony.