Receiving Diplomatic Missions Residing in Japan

Photo Description
Duck-netting
(Imperial Wild Duck Preserve)
(Photo:Imperial Household Agency)
Releasing ducks after netting
(Imperial Wild Duck Preserve)
(Photo:Imperial Household Agency)
Carriage (Imperial Stock Farm)
(Photo:Imperial Household Agency)
Cormorant-fishing
(Photo:Gifu City)
Cormorant-fishing
(Photo:Gifu City)

Newly appointed foreign Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary present His Majesty the Emperor with their credentials upon their arrival in Matsu-no-Ma (State Room) of the Imperial Palace. For this important ceremony, the Ambassador is offered, according to his/her preference, the service of either a ceremonial horse-drawn carriage or automobile for transportation. Transportation is provided along the route between the Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace.

Diplomats posted in Japan may be invited to duck-netting and cormorant-fishing, which are Japanese traditions and heritage that have been preserved by the Imperial Family. Invitations may also be extended to visit the Imperial Stock Farm in Tochigi Prefecture.

The Imperial Family attends the duck-netting at the Saitama Imperial Wild Duck Preserve (in Saitama Prefecture) and Shinhama Imperial Wild Duck Preserve (in Chiba Prefecture) to entertain those invited.