[Ed. – Maybe it was funnier in person?]
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that, among other things, the arrival of Japan’s official delegation is an opportunity to celebrate the country’s cultural contributions to the United States, like karaoke and emojis.
“Today is also a chance for Americans, especially our young people, to say thank you for all the things we love from Japan. Like karate and karaoke,” Obama said to laughter during remarks at an arrival ceremony with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “Manga and anime. And, of course, emojis,” he added.
Obama also said the official state dinner with Japan, just the eighth such event since he took office in 2009, is an opportunity for him and first lady Michelle Obama to reciprocate the hospitality they have enjoyed during their trips to the country.
“In Kyoto, Michelle had the honor of playing taiko drums.” he said, to more laughter.