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Formal dinner in Japan: best moments and celebrity guests

Formal dinner in Japan: best moments and celebrity guests

The East Room of the White House during a state dinner for Japan.
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  • President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden hosted a state dinner for the Prime Minister of Japan.
  • Cherry blossoms appeared in the White House's décor and menu, as well as in guests' clothing.
  • Notable guests include Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Robert De Niro and the Clintons.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his wife, Yoko Kishida, to the White House for a state dinner on Wednesday.

The event, which featured cherry blossom-themed décor and high-profile guests, was more than just an excuse to decorate and decorate the White House. The two leaders reaffirmed the military and economic partnerships between the United States and Japan and announced new technology initiatives related to cybersecurity, sustainability, and artificial intelligence.

Take a look at some of the highlights of the formal dinner.

Hillary Clinton wore a pink kaftan reminiscent of a Japanese kimono.

Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton arrive at the White House to attend the state dinner in honor of Japan.
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She attended the event with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

“Bill and I were thrilled to join President Biden and the First Lady in welcoming Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Mrs. Yoko Kishida, and other allies and friends last night to the administration’s state dinner in Japan,” Hillary Clinton captioned a photo from the event. on Instagram. “Cherry blossoms everywhere!”

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Kishida addressed Biden's toast with a quote from the movie “Star Trek,” expressing his hope that U.S.-Japan relations would go “boldly where no one has gone before.”

President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida drink each other during a state dinner.
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In his speech, Biden referred to the fraught history between the two countries, which turned into close diplomatic relations after World War II.

“We both remember the choices made to form a friendship,” Biden said. “We both remember the hard work, and what was done to heal. Tonight, we pledge to keep moving forward.”