Emperor Naruhito begins move to palace two years after ascension

Japan Times -- Sep 07
Emperor Naruhito and his family began moving to their new residence on the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday, more than two years after ascending to the throne, the Imperial Household Agency said.

Since the emperor was enthroned on May 1, 2019 — the day after his father, Akihito, stepped down as emperor, the first abdication in about 200 years — renovations and other preparations have been underway to prepare for the move.

The sword and jewel inherited from the former emperor as proof of ascension to the throne were transferred from the nearby Akasaka Imperial Residence, where the emperor, 61, Empress Masako, 57, and their only child, Princess Aiko, 19, had resided.

天皇ご一家が慣れ親しんだ赤坂御所を離れられました。  天皇皇后両陛下と長女の愛子さまは6日午後、秋篠宮ご夫妻に見送られ、赤坂御所を後にされました。  天皇陛下は50年以上、慣れ親しんだお住まいを離れられたことになります。  「お代替わり」によって改修された皇居の御所には天皇陛下と一体のものとされる「剣璽(けんじ)」と呼ばれる剣と曲玉(まがたま)も一緒に移動しました。 - ANNnewsCH