Last night, while some of us were sleeping, having dinner or just easing our minds and bodies across and around America, a state dinner took place in somewhat of a low-key manner for our friend and ally, Japan. Our current president, Barack Obama, welcomed guest of honor Shinzo Abe with a toast over sake that included a poem about spring, friendship and harmony, declaring himself the first president to recite a haiku at a state dinner and Abe, in return, went with R&B: He quoted the classic song “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to convey the strength of the bonds between the U.S. and Japan. First lady Michelle Obama found another way to pay tribute to the guest nation, wearing a purple, sleeveless gown by Japanese-born designer Tadashi Shoji (read article about the affair, “State dinner fare: haiku, R&B _ and chopsticks for the brave” by Nancy Benac and Darlene Superville (Associated Press).
While small in comparison to some state dinners (approximately 200 guests), it could be viewed as most powerful and beneficial to the United States in the worldwide scheme of things including all of the turmoil that all major nations are experiencing and are looked to in solving issues that are inclusive of all on planet earth from all aspects of humanity. Unlike some so called “true blue” friends and allies of the United States, Japan does not bombard the U.S. Congress with clamor of its own self-interest and disrespect for the current U.S. president (could it possibly be that Barack Obama is Black and the U.S. former majority leadership presents not only Black Americans, but all former minorities in the U.S. as inferior and less intelligent to the world and its most infamous ally, thereby stereotyping and breeding intolerance which they once claimed the world of doing to them?).
When you read the article “Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy” by Eric Talmadge (Associated Press) for an appreciation as to how far the relationship by Japan and the United States of America have come. Japan and the United States have developed through time, pressures and experience (as a diamond) has developed an affinity, a natural attraction, liking, or feeling of kinship. God bless America and its people and God bless the people of Japan and its government, our genuine friend and ally. As stated in the above article, Japan and the United States, the bitterest of enemies during World War II, are now among the closest of allies. Polls show the Japanese feel more affinity toward the U.S. than any other country. Most Americans and Japanese alive today weren’t even born when Japan surrendered in 1945. That includes U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.