Japan's Emperor Naruhito has received credentials from new foreign ambassadors for the first time since he ascended the throne.
The envoys from Luxembourg and Brunei rode horse-driven carriages from Tokyo Station to the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo on Thursday.
The ambassadors handed the documents from their heads of state to the Emperor in the State Room of the palace.
The Emperor smiled as he shook hands and briefly conversed with them.
Receiving foreign ambassadors is one of the Emperor's constitutionally stipulated duties.
Before taking the throne on May 1, Emperor Naruhito had received envoys 34 times in credential ceremonies on behalf of his grandfather, Emperor Showa, and Emperor Emeritus Akihito.