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Sunday, 2 December, 2001, 15:09 GMT
In pictures: Japan welcomes new princess
Thousands of people have been celebrating the birth of Japan's new princess at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo - the first child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako.

Japanese women read of the birth
News of the birth was met with delight throughout Japan

Crowds at the Imperial Palace
Well-wishers packed the grounds of the Imperial Palace

Japanese sign books commemorating the Princess' birth
Thousands queued up to sign books of congratulations

Street celebration
In the evening there were street parades with colourful floats

Well-wishers
And a lantern festival was staged outside the palace

People being given free sake
Sake companies handed out free drinks so locals could wet the baby's head

See also:

01 Dec 01 | Asia-Pacific
Japan joy at royal birth
01 Dec 01 | Asia-Pacific
Joy and concern for royal baby
01 Dec 01 | Asia-Pacific
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09 May 01 | Asia-Pacific
Japan's female emperors
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Japan crown princess pregnant
30 Nov 01 | Asia-Pacific
The diplomatic princess
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