First lady Melania Trump said she enjoyed her time in Japan with her husband, President Donald Trump, including time spent at a primary school where she had a brief lesson in calligraphy.
Trump joined Japanese First Lady Akie Abe at Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School.
At the sight of the 200 or so uniformed students assembled to greet her in the school’s gymnasium, Trump’s face lit up — she high-fived them, was drowned in hugs and posed for a group photo, where, like the kids, she made a peace sign with her two fingers.
A Japanese calligraphy lesson was next; the fourth-grade classroom erupted in applause as the two first ladies entered, mindfully watching the children draw brush strokes.
“Beautiful characters,” Trump said as she paused to admire their work. At one point, she even sat down at a small table, answering, “fantastic, would love to,” to a question of whether she, too, would like to try, according to CNN.
A band played “Over the Rainbow” and the youngest students enthusiastically waved small U.S. and Japanese flags as the first ladies left the school.
“After the school visit, the two first ladies traveled back to Akasaka Palace for lunch,” the White House press release about the first lady’s visit to Japan said.
“The first lady re-joined her husband and they took part in a meaningful meeting with families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea,” the press release said. “Then Mrs. Trump attended a joint press conference with her husband and Prime Minister Abe. The day ended with a state banquet at Akasaka Palace.”
“I enjoyed the time I was able to spend in Japan,” first lady Melania Trump said in the press release. “It was a pleasure to once again spend time with Mrs. Abe, and discuss many of the issues facing each of our nations.”
“I learned so much about the rich traditions and history of this beautiful country, and want to personally thank Prime Minister and Mrs. Abe for being such gracious hosts,” Trump said.