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Two types of police at the entry gate to the Imperial Palace

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The trench coat guys are super creepy. I love how the white gloved, white megaphone po-po are wearing combat boots. Just in case the crowd turns ugly?

The crowd’s excitement on entering normally forbidden territory is contagious.

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Hot cop is protecting Emperor, and all of his subjects

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For those unmoved by emperors and princesses, one of the most re-assuring and pleasurable sites at the Emperor’s address on January 2 of each year is the extravagant display of uniformed protection. With his yellow analog megaphone, white gloves, and pillowy lips, this policeman is welcome to tell me what to do.