Formal Imperial Palace Welcome Ceremony – Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako Welcome U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump…

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump become the first guests of Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace.

Following custom there are three components to the state visit: (1) The guest arrival and formal greeting by the Emperor and Empress. (2) The ceremonial anthems of both nations and the presentation of the imperial guard.  (3) A “state call” or discussion of diplomatic matters between the Emperor, Empress and their honored guests.

During the official state call component there is an exchange of gifts. First, the arrival:


The ‘inside palace’ greeting and introduction was not covered by international media. However, due to the significance of the visit (first of imperial era of Reiwa) it was broadcast on local Japanese media as below:

For insight to the warmth of introduction by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako this broadcast video is interesting:


Another Video of the International Feed:


After the welcome ceremony, the president and first lady made a ‘state call‘ on the emperor and empress.

The state call is held in an Imperial Palace room with no media presence (there was a singular, brief, video). The emperor and empress both speak fluent English (attended Oxford) and during the welcome ceremony they engaged with President Trump and First Lady Melania in English to enhance comfort. They are guests.

However, during the official ‘state call‘ the Emperor and Empress are representing the imperial nation-state of Japan. As such, formality dictates conversation in Japanese and the use of translators. After the brief segment where cameras are permitted, the host and guest exchange gifts from each nation.

[POOL] The President presented the Emperor an American-made viola in a custom case and a signed photo of American composer Aaron Copland. This vintage 1938 viola was handmade in Charleston, West Virginia. The President also presented the Emperor with a signed and framed photo of the President.

The First Lady presented the Empress with a custom White House desk set featuring a pen made of Harvard tree wood. The Empress herself studied Economics at Harvard. This fountain pen was handcrafted from a red oak tree that still stands in Old Harvard Yard. The First Lady also presented the Empress with a signed and framed photo of the First Lady.

The Emperor presented the President with a traditional Japanese pottery and porcelain bowl as well as a signed and framed photo of His Majesty the Emperor.

The Empress presented the First Lady with an ornamental Japanese lacquer box with traditional design as well as a framed and signed photo of Her Majesty the Empress.

[Note: It is long-standing custom of the Imperial Palace that their Majesties the Emperor and Empress exchange signed, framed photographs with their guests on the occasion of a State Visit.]

At the conclusion of the Imperial Palace visit, President Trump and First Lady Melania travel to Akasaka Palace for bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Abe.

At Akasaka Palace Melania Trump and Akie Abe will again meet, and likely go do something else, while their spouses talk business of state between the U.S. and Japan.

Later today the President and First Lady will return to the Imperial Palace for a very formal state banquet hosted by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.

The U.S. delegation will meet the top-tier of Japanese diplomacy and commerce over a formal dinner celebration.

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75 Responses to Formal Imperial Palace Welcome Ceremony – Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako Welcome U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump…

  1. Eric C. says:

    No iPod with pre-loaded playlists?

    Liked by 15 people

  2. G. Willikers says:

    A little background might make more sense of the President’s gift of a violin…Emperor Naruhito plays both the viola and violin so it is a fitting gift. Much more so than Ozero’s tasteless gift of 25 DVD’s to Gordon Brown which were region coded for North America and unplayable in the UK.

    Liked by 24 people

    • Shakey Leaf says:

      Thanks for sharing this! Wow! What a perfect gift! And I loved watching this video (my kind of music!)

      Liked by 6 people

      • spoogels says:

        I bet the Emperor learned to play via the Suzuki method. My daughter did and it was wonderful and very easy compared to the old fashioned way of repeatedly doing scales
        She also played Copland later after she had learnt
        This is very classy.
        Made my day!

        Liked by 3 people

        • spoogels says:

          Aaron Copland was Jewish

          “Copland was referred to by his peers and critics as “the Dean of American Composers”. The open, slowly changing harmonies in much of his music are typical of what many people consider to be the sound of American music, evoking the vast American landscape and pioneer spirit”


        • cthulhu says:

          It is a worthy gift. If it were valued primarily in dollars or ducats, it would be tribute — and shameful. Instead, it elevates our best, and presents rare mementos as something to be proud of: an antique WV instrument and something personally touched by a great composer.

          Japan has it much easier in that regard in having teacups from the 1800’s and before like leaves of grass — and, yes, each one is an indigenous work of art and worthy of appreciation.

          Liked by 1 person

    • Concerned Virginian says:

      I used to play violin and viola professionally many years ago.
      Emperor Naruhito had EXCELLENT training.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. littleanniefannie says:

    Beautiful FLOTUS

    Liked by 11 people

  4. Marshall says:

    Honor guard had one of the most crisp about faces I’ve ever seen. Then the one soldier misses the mark on lowering their flag! Terrific ceremony!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Melania’s dress has the loveliest sprays of flowers–reminescent of Japanese scrolls and gardens.
    FLOTUS has exquisite taste to match her beauty–inner and outer.

    Liked by 12 people

  6. ristvan says:

    This Japan visit is beyond a BFD. Beyond the brilliance of a personally purchased Sumo trophy. The message it sends to NoKo Kim and China Xi is reverberating around the world. Tactical PDJT brilliance, with Abe in smiling complicitance. They both speak English on the golf course, and their golf is good. Unlike Obama’s golf.

    Liked by 8 people

  7. ooicu812 says:

    Does anyone realize how cool it is and how lucky we all are that we DON’T HAVE TO watch MSM to see these great moments of history? Thank you Sundance for all the work you do to post and share these things with us..

    Liked by 16 people

    • Pa Hermit says:

      No I didn’t eat one too, LOL!


    • Doppler says:

      One could watch in vain to see these ceremonies on msm. They’re still talking about his Kim Joe tweet.

      Liked by 2 people

      • ooicu812 says:

        It doesn’t sound like Trump said anything bad about Biden. He just conveyed what Kim said. I think it’s time that Pharma targets this psychosis that’s developed in the communist/socialist/democrat party since 2016. Who in their right mind would want these looney’s in charge of the country? Scary


      • MelH says:

        As they are on every blog to which I have access, Doppler. The Democrats have no sense of diplomacy at all, which is why stupid Obama sent all those Russian ambassadors home just before President Trump’s inauguration.


      • mugzey302 says:

        FAKE quote! That so-called “educator” later admitted it was what snowflakes call a joke. 😒


  8. no-nonsense-nancy says:

    I can’t wait to see what she wears to the banquet.

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Skippy says:

    Magnificent ceremony. Well done, Emperor Naruhito and President Trump.

    Liked by 6 people

  10. Elric VIII says:

    Statecraft as it was meant to be done. It doesn’t get any better than this.

    Liked by 4 people

  11. AnotherView says:

    Gorgeous still photos… dignified.

    Liked by 3 people

  12. A2 says:

    Beautiful ceremony. Well done.

    I just heard the presser between Pres Trump and PM Abe. Both reiterated how important the alliance is. Trade deal will be announced in August, they discussed NK and President Trump will meet with Japanese abductees to NK. This is a big issue in Japan. My impression is that PM Abe, for now, is accepting the President’s strategy toward Kim, but considering that NK poses an existential threat to Japan, I’m sure he has reservations. They also mentioned PM Abe’s role in speaking to Iran.

    Of course as we know, cars are a sticking point on trade.

    That is all for now.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. TrueNorthSeeker says:

    Sundance and CTH team….thank you so much for giving us Treepers the opportunity to watch these ceremonies! What a treat! Our POTUS and FLOTUS looked so poised and dignified…how refreshing! So nice to see them get the respect they so richly deserve. The Japanese royalty really rolled out the red carpet…figuratively and literally. So nice to see America respected again. Thank you President Trump!!!! MAGA !

    Liked by 2 people

  14. A2 says:

    Well, just saw these tweets. Many meetings going on in Japan

    John Bolton
    May 25
    Engaging discussion with Japanese and Western journalists this morning in Tokyo. The breadth of the U.S.-Japan relationship encompasses a robust security alliance; space, science and tech leadership; and advancing prosperity through secure energy markets and digital networks.

    John Bolton
    May 25
    Excellent meeting with Japanese Defense Minister Iwaya today. The U.S.-Japan Alliance is rooted in our shared values, democratic ideals, and commitment to ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

    Liked by 3 people

  15. cthulhu says:

    In the Japanese video, the Emperor of Japan got a reinforced handshake at 0:16 and almost responded in kind at 0:17!!!!

    I’m guessing that the instant in-between reminded him that one of them was the most powerful and important person on the planet, and the other one was a descendent of the sun-goddess Amaterasu….

    Liked by 3 people

  16. cthulhu says:

    The first still photo after the videos — a Lion and Lioness come by for a friendly visit….


  17. ZurichMike says:

    Melania — a vision of loveliness. But no hat?

    Liked by 2 people

    • She looks very young without the hat! Lol!


      • Jenevive says:

        I will give a shout out to Mrs. Abe as well
        She always dresses nice. Not stuffy but her clothes
        are a nice mix of Western and Asian looks.


        • RyderLee says:

          It looked like the Empress had a hard time taking her eyes off Melania !

          The Empress is Very Pretty in her own right , as is Mrs Abe 😊

          The 3 of them Together is Almost too Much for Anyone to Behold 😎
          Such Beauty , All in One Place ☺


  18. Thank you Sundance for all the photos and videos. I t was amazing to see how respectfully the whole ceremony was carried out! President Trump deserved every bit of this elaborate function! It was so nice to see him happy.

    Liked by 2 people

  19. POTUS and FLOTUS look so well prepared and president over powering figure compared to the emperor! Loved to watch it couple of times!

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Hopper Creek says:

    Many Thanks Sundance , on this Blessed Memorial Day , 4 the Great News Coverage !

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Sara c says:

    I am amazed at the amount of respect has been shown to The President and the First Lady by then Japanese. I would truly wish that certain people
    In this country would show the same.

    Liked by 2 people

  22. NoFixedAddress says:

    USA and Japan in strategic alliance!

    Put in India and ASEAN countries and there is a major shift backed up by US energy.

    Oh Noes says the clowns.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Pyrthroes says:

    Goosebumps, all the way down.


  24. konradwp1 says:

    Respectful handshakes and appropriate introductions?

    What happened to the old Hussein Obama “bend double and grovel” protocol?


  25. Peoria Jones says:

    Sundance says:

    “At Akasaka Palace Melania Trump and Akie Abe will again meet, and likely go do something else, while their spouses talk business of state between the U.S. and Japan.”

    Below is one of the somethings the ladies did. 🙂 Very cute:


  26. mdt123 says:

    Collusion with Japan, call in Schiff


  27. 335blues says:

    We are blessed to have a President who truly loves America, and the freedom it stands for.
    I am happy America and Japan are on the same team, a very formidable team indeed.
    The Honor displayed by Japan toward our President during the state visit is intended for the American people as well, and I feel it.
    After decades of clinton, bush and obama working to drive America down, President Trump
    has, in barely over two years, raised America by almost every standard to amazing
    unprecedented heights. And he is raising the World as well, economically and politically.
    In the face of persistent attempts by the marxist democrat party to disrupt our success,
    it portends a new era that I hope will last.


  28. H. Hawke says:

    Gorgeous pics from the UKDM, as usual.

    American Mediots stink.


  29. Chump Change says:

    WHAT? Trump didn’t give any apologetic deep bows in front of the Japanese? He didn’t apologize for dropping atomic bombs and ending the war before another million were slaughtered?

    I expect BO will be following up in about a week for another apology tour.


  30. Yy4u says:

    After eightnyears of cringing whenever the Obamas represented the United States it feels good to feel pride in a president snd First Lady. Interesting that the Japanese understand what the Europeans don’t. One was a noble foe we defeated..the others were being defeated when we saved their ingrate a$$es. Look where we are nearly 75 years later.


  31. dd_sc says:

    The President presented the Emperor an American-made viola in a custom case and a signed photo of American composer Aaron Copland.

    Did the media point out that Emperor Naruhito is a trained violinist/violist?

    Well chosen gift.


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