First Lady Melania Trump visited a Tokyo elementary on Monday afternoon, where she learned about Japanese calligraphy, and learned to write the word ‘peace’.
Mrs Trump visited Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School with Japan’s First Lady, Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
About 300 children welcomed them with a school song before Mrs Trump posed for photos, shook hands and slapped high fives with kids.
In a calligraphy class, Mrs Trump wrote the first kanji character for the Japanese word for ‘peace’, as Akie Abe wrote the second letter.
Mrs Trump is accompanying her husband, President Donald Trump, on her first Asian tour, which kicked off in Japan.
On Sunday, the US and Japanese first ladies learned about the history of pearls at the historic jewelry shop, as part of her cultural program during the trip.
At Mikimoto’s flagship pearl shop, they went upstairs to a ‘hidden floor’ of the building, reserved for VIPs, to talk over tea and coffee. No details of their discussions were released.
Mikimoto brought in two ‘ama’ divers who traditionally harvest pearls, clad in typical white costumes with big goggles and wooden buckets, to explain pearl farming to the US First Lady.
Japan is known for producing especially high-quality pearls.
‘Wonderful visit w/ Mrs. Abe today! Enjoyed conversation over tea & the cultural presentation on the history of pearls,’ Melania tweeted after the meeting.
The first ladies then had a private dinner with their husbands at a Japanese steak house.
Meanwhile, Presidents Trump and Abe spoke at a joint press conference about their efforts to combat the North Korean nuclear missile program on Monday.
Abe announced plans to take additional sanctions measures against North Korea over its escalating missile and nuclear development.
He said on Monday he will announce Tuesday a freezing of the assets of 35 North Korean groups and individuals as Japan’s own sanctions measure.