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This photograph is taken in the direction of Ote-mon (the front gate) which leads to Higashi Gyoen (the East Garden of the Imperial Palace) from an inner moat of the Imperial Palace. The moat within the castle walls is about 5km moat which encloses the circumference of the Imperial Palace in which the Emperor lives now. This circumference makes the history overlooked the castle and a canal of Edo period (16031868) and beautiful scene which arranged the modernistic skyscraper in another side. Some swans are swimming pleasantly in inner moat along Hibiya street. On that day, I looked the ceremony carriage for the Imperial Household which two horses pull in the courtyard of the Higashi Gyoen by chance. Seemingly, it will be used also for a new appointment ambassador's welcome and send-off and Imperial-Household events, such as accession to the throne of His Majesty the Emperor, and marriage of the Imperial Family.

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1. Higashi Gyoen
It is a garden of about 21 ha of width attached to the east side of the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. A Japanese garden, an Imperial-Household-related institution, the ruins of Edo castle, etc. are left behind to the rich green copse. After the war, it is specially specified as historic relics and, generally came to be opened to the public from October 1, 1968.

2. The carriage for ceremony: workshop

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