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Foreign dignitaries treated to Japanese traditional arts at banquet

Foreign dignitaries enjoyed a rare joint show of Japanese traditional arts on Wednesday at a banquet following the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito the previous day.
During the evening event, hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie at a Tokyo hotel, top-level actors from three different traditional arts -- kyogen, kabuki and bunraku -- performed together in a single play. It was followed by a noh masked theater performance with a parent-child succession of lions as its theme.
Nomura Mansai, 53, of kyogen comedy, Ichikawa Ebizo, 41, of kabuki theater, and Yoshida Tamao, 66, of bunraku puppet theater, together performed "Sambaso," a play for celebratory occasions in which actors dance as an expression of wishes for a rich harvest.
Foreign dignitaries treated to Japanese traditional arts at banquet
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a speech during the banquet for foreign dignitaries at a Tokyo hotel on Wednesday night. Photo: Du Xiaoyi/Pool via REUTERS
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