May 19, 2023
A Commemorative photo of the G7 leaders' spouses with a smile after having a seat at the dinner table
The G7 leaders' spouses who received an explanation by Mayor Matsui
A group photo of the G7 leaders' spouses and the performers

On May 19, Mrs. KISHIDA Yuko, the Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan, hosted the dinner and after-dinner event. The spouses who joined this occasion were (1) Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States of America, (2) Mrs. Britta Ernst, the Spouse of Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, (3) Mrs. Akshata Murty, the Spouse of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and (4) Prof. Dr. Heiko Echter von der Leyen, the Spouse of President of the European Commission.

  1. The table decorated with flowers that conveyed the meaning of hospitality, peace, friendship, and hope was laid out with French cuisine prepared using seasonal ingredients from Hiroshima, including miso. The spouses deepened exchanges by sharing their impressions of the Next-Generation Symposium they had attended just before the dinner.
  • (1) Date and time: Friday, May 19, 18:30 to 19:30
  • (2) Venue: Hiroshima Orizuru Tower
  • (3) Chef: Mr. Motohiro Yuzaki (Cuisine Francaise Le Triskel)
  • (4) Menu and drinks served (PDF)Open a New Window
  1. After the dinner, the spouses moved to a venue in Hiroshima Orizuru Tower, where they were welcomed by the Mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, and signed on a recycled paper, which was made from cranes sent to Hiroshima. The signed paper will be transferred to a copper plate and placed next to a tree to be planted by Hiroshima City in commemoration of the visit by the G7 leaders’ spouses to Hiroshima. Three young employees who joined the city government in April of this year were also present at the event and expressed their determination to protect and nurture the tree and to send a message of peace from Hiroshima to the world.
  2. The spouses then enjoyed the projection mapping as well as a performance of “We Love the Earth from Hiroshima” by viola player Mr. Takashi Okita. Then, they viewed Kumano brushes, traditional handicrafts of the town of Kumano, Akigun, Hiroshima Prefecture, and received explanations about the manufacturing process and products from people involved in production in the region.

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