The president and first lady Melania Trump kicked off the formal visit with handshakes and greetings with Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.
Trump, who is on a four-day state visit to Japan, was the center of attention under the blazing sun at an outdoor welcome ceremony full of pomp and pageantry.
Melania opted for a $4,290 white Carolina Herrera dress with floral detailing and red stiletto pumps for the welcome ceremony.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump met Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako on Monday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Trump got the red carpet treatment on Monday at Japan ‘s Imperial Palace where he made history by becoming the first world leader to meet Emperor Naruhito
The couples stood on a raised platform as the national anthems of both countries were played.
Trump then walked by himself down a red carpet and stood at attention atop another platform, listening to a military band.
He then continued down the red carpet to review Japanese troops while Naruito and both men’s wives held back.
Trump showed little emotion, but waved near schoolchildren feverishly waving U.S. and Japanese flags. Some of the children suffered from the heat and were later seen siting with cups of water and cool compresses on their foreheads.
Both Trump and Naruhito greeted a long line of officials in each other’s delegations before everyone went back inside the palace.
Trump and the new Emperor walked together just ahead of the first lady and Empress on Monday on a hot, sunny day at the Imperial Palace
The president and first lady kicked off the formal visit with handshakes and greetings with Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako on Monday
Melania and the Empress chatted as they followed their husbands during the welcome ceremony at the Imperial Palace
No public words were spoken.
Trump’s next stop is Akasaka Palace, the Japanese state guest house, for meetings, a working lunch and joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who participated in the palace ceremony.
The president also will be the guest of honor at an imperial banquet at the palace hosted by the emperor.
The palace visit in the morning was the main event in a feel-good trip that started Saturday and has seen Abe and Trump playing golf, eating out, watching sumo and generally enjoying an all-Japanese weekend.
Dining with Abe and their wives at a typical Tokyo grill restaurant on Sunday, Trump said he “had a great time” and was looking forward to meeting Naruhito, who took the Chrysanthemum Throne only three weeks ago, after his father stepped down in the first abdication in two centuries.
Trump was the center of attention as he was escorted down the red carpet to review an honor guard
Trump passed in front of a group of schoolchildren feverishly waving U.S. and Japanese flags as he walked along a red-carpeted route to review troops
Trump stood at attention alone atop a platform as Emperor Naruhito, Mrs Trump and Empress Masako watched on
Trump walked down the red carpet to review Japanese troops while Naruito and both men’s wives held back