April 11, 2016
On April 11, Mrs. Yuko Kishida, spouse of the Foreign Minister of Japan, hosted the second day of the Spouses' Program at the G7 Hiroshima Foreign Ministers' Meeting. As on the first day of the program, in attendance were: Mrs. Susan Hammond, spouse of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Mrs. Emanuela Mauro Gentiloni, spouse of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic; Mrs. Janine Krieber, spouse of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada; and Mrs. Brigitte Ayrault, spouse of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of the French Republic.

The spouses of the Foreign Ministers were led by Mrs. Kishida on a visit to Miyajima Island, one of Japan's three great scenic views, where they were welcomed by local elementary and kindergarten children. They also paid a visit to Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where they received an explanation from a Shrine representative about the history of Miyajima Island and the Shrine, and enjoyed a performance of Bugaku court music and dance.

Afterward, the spouses of the Foreign Ministers visited a teahouse in Hiroshima City, where the spouses performed a Japanese tea ceremony after watching a demonstration by Mrs. Kishida, and deepened their understanding of traditional Japanese culture.

Throughout the two-day program, Mrs. Kishida and the other spouses of the Foreign Ministers experienced the natural beauty of Hiroshima and its rich culture, while also getting more acquainted with one another in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoying cuisine prepared from the wealth of foods produced in Hiroshima Prefecture.

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