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Japan, U.S. First Ladies deepen friendship through ikebana and shakuhachi performances

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (left) and Japanese First Lady Akie Abe enjoy a shakuhachi and classical Japanese dance performance on the morning of May 27 at Yushintei, the Japanese-style annex of the State Guest House in Tokyo’s Moto-Akasaka district.

On May 27, First Lady Akie Abe and First Lady Melania Trump, who is visiting Japan with U.S. President Donald Trump, enjoyed a demonstration of ikebana and a performance of shakuhachi at Yushintei, the Japanese-style annex of the State Guest House in Tokyo’s Moto-Akasaka district. The aim was to have the U.S. First Lady enhance her appreciation of Japanese culture. While their husbands were engaged in the Japan-U.S. summit talks, the First Ladies deepened their own friendship.

 

The First Ladies enjoyed a demonstration of ikebana [flower arranging] performed against the backdrop of live shakuhachi bamboo flute music. They also watched a performance of classical Japanese dance by kindergarten children and others.

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