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Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Top five cultural moments from President Trump's official visit to Japan

Top five cultural moments from President Trump's official visit to Japan

While this is Mrs. Trump's first trip to Asia as first lady, a meeting with Mrs. Abe was not foreign territory. Most recently, former President Obama was critiqued for how he bowed before the emperor, which some cultural watchers said was too deep of a bow for the rank of a US president.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in an interview on Monday he would like to reinforce bilateral cooperation with Washington following the US President Donald Trump's visit to Tokyo.

"Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe were scheduled to feed koi spoonfuls of food".

Around 200 uniformed children greeted Melania Trump with a Japanese song before enthusiastically shaking her hand, high-fiving her and posing for pictures, including a final group photo in which the first lady raised her fingers in a peace sign along with the rest of the students.

She visited the Kyobashi Tsukiji school with her Japanese counterpart, Akie Abe. She previously hosted Mrs. Abe at her Florida Mar-a-Lago estate.

On Sunday, the two first ladies heard about the history of cultivated pearls at a jewelry shop in downtown Tokyo and joined their husbands for a private dinner at a Japanese steak house.

Kokichi Mikimoto, the founder of the Mikimoto brand, was the first person in the world to successfully harvest a semi-spherical pearl from an oyster through human intervention over a century ago in 1893.

The first ladies were told about the different stages of pearl production and posed for pictures with two ama divers, literally translated as "ladies of the sea", who are women who dive for pearl oysters and shellfish without scuba equipment, an ancient Japanese tradition.

While visiting Akasaka Palace, Prime Minister Abe gave President Trump a tour of the grounds and a collection of bonsai trees.

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