Japanese aquarium’s company entrance ceremony will make you do a double-take 2022-04-04 Mon 2022-04-04 Mon With the start of a new fiscal year on April 1st, many Japanese companies hold formal entrance ceremonies to welcome new graduates and sometimes also mid-career hires newly joining their ranks. For new graduates, these ceremonies are important as it marks the start of their working lives. It's surely a very sobering experience to participate in one side by side with their new colleagues. An unconventional entrance ceremony On March 31st, 2022, the Toba Aquarium (@TOBA_AQUARIUM) in Toba City, Mie Prefecture, held its company entrance ceremony. When Japanese people think of company entrance ceremonies, they probably imagine a hall or conference room with rows of new employees dressed in suits, attentively listening to a congratulatory speech from the president and a designated new employee representative. Image for illustrative purposes | Fast&Slow, © PIXTA However, the scene at the entrance ceremony posted by Toba Aquarium's Twitter account was beyond most users' imaginations: 今年も水中入社式を行い、4名の新人飼育係を迎えました🔰これからの4名の活躍にご期待ください❗️水中入社式について詳しくはこちらhttps://t.co/uoubgvvqWR#鳥羽水族館 #水中入社式 pic.twitter.com/b1I62pHmXx— 鳥羽水族館（TOBA AQUARIUM） (@TOBA_AQUARIUM) March 31, 2022 "We held an underwater entrance ceremony again this year and welcomed four new caretakers, so please look forward to their future activities! (...)" Toba Aquarium held their ceremony inside a tank! Appropriately enough, they call it the 水中入社式 suichū nyūsha shiki, or "Underwater Company Entrance Ceremony." New employees assigned to the Breeding and Research Department receive their certificates of appointment underwater in the tank, fully clothed not in wetsuits but in business suits and wearing oxygen tanks on their backs. You can view other images on their website here and watch a video of the ceremony below. (The participants appear in the tank from around 1:47): According to Toba Aquarium, the Underwater Company Entrance Ceremony has been held since 2006 as a way to welcome new employees assigned to the Breeding and Research Department. The innovative ceremony attracted a lot of attention on the Internet, with comments such as "How cool is this!" "I love it!" as well as comments from those who were there saying that they were moved to witness the event. What a way to literally dive into your new job! The new employees who took part in this unique ceremony will surely have a lot of valuable experiences ahead of them at Toba Aquarium! By - grape Japan editorial staff. Tags: Ceremony / company entrance ceremony / tank / Toba Aquarium / Underwater grape Japan Only in Japan Japanese aquarium’s company entrance ceremony will make you do a double-take Related Article This Headbanging Otter is Toba Aquarium’s Latest Star Wedding Hall In Japan To Offer Final Fantasy XIV-themed Wedding Ceremonies 12 Underwater Photographs That Capture The Beauty Of The Unknown Japanese Amphibious Gill Garment Aims To Let Humans Breathe Underwater Every Year Has A Character: Japan Chooses Its “Kanji of the Year” 2017 This Underwater Shrine Lets You Tour Japan With Whale-Sharks And Drink Coffee In The Sea! Check Out How It Came To Be And More!