After the ceremony, the couple donned Western ensembles for a procession through Tokyo
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"At dawn on the big day Masako, adhering to a series of intricate wedding rituals, bathed in purifying sacred water, before donning the first of a dozen layers which would form her silk bridal kimono. The elaborate garment weighed 14 kilograms and cost over $100,000.
And Crown Prince Naruhito was also dressed in traditional Japanese attire when he arrived at the palace's Kashikodokoro shrine where the ceremony was to take place. In line with tradition Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko did not attend, while the 800 invited guests waited outside as no invitees were allowed into the sanctuary to witness the 18-minute rite.
Later in the day, throngs of well-wishers crowded the streets of Tokyo to watch a procession led by the couple – who had swapped their traditional costume for Western ensembles – in an open carriage.