Receiving State Visits

Photo Description
Welcoming State Guests(Imperial Palace)
(Photo: Imperial Household Agency)
Welcoming Ceremony(Imperial Palace)
(Photo: Imperial Household Agency)
State Call (Matsukaze-no-Ma(Drawing Room),Imperial Palace)
(Photo: Imperial Household Agency)
State Dinner (Homei-Den(State Banquet Hall),Imperial Palace
(Photo: Imperial Household Agency)
State Dinner (Homei-Den(State Banquet Hall),Imperial Palace
(Photo: Imperial Household Agency)
Farewell Call(State Guest House, Akasaka Palace))
(Photo: Imperial Household Agency)
Farewell Call(State Guest House, Akasaka Palace)
(Photo: Imperial Household Agency)

State Guests are foreign Heads of State or equivalent who are officially invited and received by the Japanese Government with the utmost courtesy. The foreign Heads of State who will be invited and received by the Imperial Family are determined by a Cabinet Meeting. The reception of State Visits by the Imperial Family includes a welcoming ceremony attended by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, audiences with Their Majesties, State Dinner (or Banquet) at the Imperial Palace and farewell calls by Their Majesties. Their Majesties, together with the rest of the Imperial Family, wholeheartedly receive these State Guests.