Chihiro Matsumura, left, and Mayu Fukuda wear traditional kimonos as they visit the Kokyo Gaien National Garden in Tokyo on Monday, April 29. They were taking photos at the park, which has views of the Imperial Palace, to commemorate the end of Akihito's reign as emperor. "Emperor Akihito really cared about Japanese people," Fukuda told photographer Shiho Fukada.
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An end of an era: Japan reflects on Akihito

Updated 6:23 PM ET, Tue April 30, 2019