Flowers for the august birth, Jan. 1, 2018

The flowers for the “august birthday” of Japanese Emperor Akihito, which are expected to fly over Tokyo from Thursday, will be flown over Tokyo on a balloon on the night of Jan. 6, 2018.

The bouquet is part of a series of bouquets and gifts for the Emperor by Japanese artists and designers.

The bouquettes and gifts will be presented at a ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday evening.

In addition to the flowers, the Imperial Family of Japan has created a shrine to Akihitos parents, a statue of Akihiteboshi, the founder of the country and a statue in the capital of Tokyo.

The Imperial Family also plans to present a collection of Japanese cultural items and crafts to the Emperor during the coronation ceremony.