Following a welcome ceremony put on by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako in Japan on Monday morning, First Lady Melania Trump enjoyed a day of performances showing off the culture of Japan.
The visit by President Donald Trump and the first lady to Japan is a significant one since it marks the first time a world leader has met with Japan’s new emperor.
Sporting red stiletto pumps and a white Carolina Herrera dress with floral prints, Melania Trump split from her husband for the day after they were given a proper welcome to Japan. While the president spoke with political leaders about cooperation between America and Japan, the first lady made her way to Tokyo’s Akasaka Palace Annex — one of two guests houses owned by the nation’s government — where she was entertained by a string of performances promoting the traditional cultures of Japan.
Along with Japan’s Premier Shinzo Abe’s wife Akie Abe, Melania Trump met with the founder and members of Shine On! Kids, a charity that works to help keep sick children active and positive. They even train dogs to play with children to keep their attitudes strong through trying times.
The organization’s founder, Kimberly Forsythe, is actually an American citizen who lost her son to cancer in Japan.
After being exposed to that great charity work, Trump was an audience to a flute performance renowned flutist Yosuke Irie.
Using a bamboo flute for his performance, Trump reportedly called his work “beautiful” and Irie detailed how he makes different sounds with the difficult instrument.
Trump was also shown dancing and a flower arranging demonstration called Ikebana, all of which she seemed to enjoy based on pictures released from the event.
Ikebana is a traditional flower arranging technique in Japan. The demonstration, put on by Irie and Ikebana Master Kumiko Kato, utilized bamboo trunks. Yosuke continued to play music while the two showed off their arranging skills. Yosuke even played “Amazing Grace” at one point.
The cultural performances were capped off by a dance performance done by two young Japanese children sporting flowing gowns and fans.
After being exposed to the culture of the land, Trump enjoyed a private lunch with Abe and then later reconnected with her husband.
The president and first lady’s visit to Japan began on Saturday and the festivities will continue through Monday evening when Donald Trump will be the guest of honor at a banquet at the palace, which will be hosted by the country’s new emperor.
The president has also been taking in the culture of Japan during the visit as he previously attended a sumo match and he has also been enjoying the country’s golf courses. At the sumo event, the president presented the winner with a special trophy made in the United States. Trump told press after the unique ceremony that it was an “incredible evening.” He also said on Sunday evening that he and the first lady are having a “great time” visiting Japan.
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