Melania Trump stuns in a $4,290 white Carolina Herrera midi dress as she takes in Japanese culture with Akie Abe

The Trumps were greeted by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako on Monday morning in an extravagant welcome ceremony


                            Melania Trump stuns in a $4,290 white Carolina Herrera midi dress as she takes in Japanese culture with Akie Abe

Melania Trump took many a breath away as she visited Japan's Akasaka Palace Annex on Monday morning for a day of traditional cultural performances. The First Lady and President Donald Trump's latest visit to Japan is quite historic in nature, for it marks the first time a world leader has met with the country's new emperor.

The Trumps were greeted by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako in an extravagant welcome ceremony. And right after the ceremony, Melania walked to the Akasaka Palace Annex in Tokyo, in a flowing $4,290 white Carolina Herrera dress with floral detailing and red stiletto pumps.

Akasaka Palace, also known as the State Guest House, is one of two official state guesthouses owned by the Japanese government. First built as an imperial palace, it now serves as an accommodation for visiting state dignitaries.

Melania Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump, Japan Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako stand to listen National Anthem during a welcome ceremony at the Imperial Palace on May 27, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Nicolas Datiche - Pool/Getty Images)

 

Moving away from her husband, Melania claimed her own as she joined Japan's Premier Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe to enjoy a series of performances showing off the rich culture of Japan. The performances ranged from traditional dances, music, to flower arranging demonstrations.

The two smiled as they walked side by side to enjoy cultural program.  

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) watch a dancer performing a traditional dance during a cultural event at the Japanese style annex inside the State Guest House on May 27, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

 

Melania and Akie met with the founder and members of the organization Shine On! Kids, a non-profit organization that supports sick children with activities with facility dogs who are trained to encourage children in hospitals.

After meeting with the nonprofit, the spouses gathered at the annex for a Japanese bamboo flute performance, known as Shakuhachi, by master flutist Yosuke Irie. 

Melania smiled and politely applauded the special performances. After the performances, the US First Lady accompanied Akie to peruse the annex's koi pond, also enjoying a private lunch. While Melania was getting in touch with the country's culture and history, her husband attended meetings, a working lunch and a joint news conference with PM Abe.

On Sunday evening,  Donald Trump, Melania, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie dined together at a restaurant in the Roppongi district of Tokyo. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota Pool/Getty Images)

 

Trump held discussions with Abe on Iran, North Korea, trade and other issues during his visit. The president is also slated to be the guest of honor at an imperial banquet at the palace hosted by the emperor. The US First Couple arrived in Japan on Saturday, landing in Tokyo ahead of a ceremonial visit to the new emperor. 

The Trumps met with political officials as well as with business leaders to promote investment in the US.  And on Sunday evening, Trump, Melania, Abe and Akie dined together at a restaurant in the Roppongi district of Tokyo.

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