White House Throws Fancy Party for Japan: What’s Happening at Biden’s Dinner
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White House Throws Fancy Party for Japan: What’s Happening at Biden’s Dinner

Body: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his wife, Yuko, are coming to the White House on Wednesday night. They’re joining the Bidens for a big dinner to celebrate how much the U.S. and Japan are friends. This is the fifth time the Bidens have had this kind of dinner since they became the President and First Lady. It’s a special thing that the U.S. does for its very close friends, and sometimes even for countries it doesn’t always agree with.

Even though Kishida missed seeing Washington’s cherry blossoms at their prettiest last month, which Japan gave as a gift a long time ago, the dinner will still feel like a beautiful spring garden. There will be lots of flowers, butterflies made of glass and silk floating over the tables, hydrangeas (which grow in both countries), and a special floor covering to look like koi ponds, which are a symbol of friendship and not giving up. First Lady Jill Biden talked about how we all share the same feelings as humans.

She said, “Even though technology brings us closer and we deal with problems that affect everyone, we are partners in making a world where we create good things instead of destroying them, choose peace instead of fighting, and believe in democracy instead of one person having all the power.” The food at the dinner will be a mix of American and Japanese flavors. They’ll start with a California roll, then have steak with special pepper butter, and finish with a cake with salted caramel and cherry ice cream.

The White House has a long history of these fancy dinners. President Ulysses S. Grant held the first one in 1874 when he had the king of Hawaii over to talk about trade. Since then, there have been more than 300 of these dinners, but not all were at the White House.

President Ronald Reagan had the most dinners, 59 in total, during his time as president. But President Donald Trump had the fewest, only two, during his time in office. The dinners aren’t just about food; they’re also about entertainment. Singer Paul Simon will perform at this dinner, but in the past, there have been all kinds of performances, from big orchestras to famous singers like Beyonce and Demi Lovato.

Who gets invited to these dinners has changed over the years too. The United Kingdom has been invited the most times, followed by Japan, Mexico, Germany, Italy, and China. But some parts of the world, like Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, haven’t been invited as much.

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