President Trump made a 13-day of five countries in Asia, starting with Japan (followed by S. Korea, China, Vietnam and the Phillipines). An earlier post on this blog showed some of the reactions that the print media had during Trump's initial election.
The above tweet shows the leaders of America and Japan posing with the performer of last year's popular novelty song PPAP, Pikotaro. Interestingly, the flasy gold costume that is the trademark of Pikotaro is practically camouflage in the decadent dining hall.Piko Taro (of PPAP fame), Shinzo Abe, and Donald Trump... all in one shot. #trumpinjapan pic.twitter.com/EaO3O83ECT— Japan Trends (@JapanTrends) November 6, 2017
Cultural humor for the ex-pat crowd in Japan. Japanese people are always very polite, diplomatic and complimentary to foreigners. The above tweet captures that experience suggesting that Japanese people probably complimented Trump for being able to use compliments; which foreigners in Japan find to be a tiresome, shallow and cliche remark to give people but Trump has proven that he loves any kind of compliments and will prolong his interactions with people as long as such positivity flows.He must get so pumped when people tell him his 日本語 is 上手. https://t.co/zgZy1vsZtG— Thøm Black 🎩 (@ThomBlack777) November 5, 2017
Trump critics pointed to photos of him dumping fish food into a koi pond at a high-class facility in Tokyo, suggesting that this was a faux pas reflecting Trumps borishness, callousness, cultural insensitivity and lack of gratitude for the experience and blindness to the opportunity to use the situation as a meditative exercise in slow contemplative interaction.https://t.co/lmcoAjgkkY Buzzfeed is reporting on viral photo of president feeding koi and doesn't show other side of story #ethics— Megan Buckley (@buckleymegan_) December 4, 2017
— Hiroyuki Takenaga (@nynuts) November 6, 2017
Note the above picture. It is interesting that Trump often takes the same standby pose when listening to foreign dignitaries in front of cameras; holding his shoulders squarely to the cameras, hands pressed together when he is not speaking with gestures to a large crowd, legs spread apart occupying space in a type of pre-meditated power move. While the emperor is turning his body toward Trump while smiling warmly and he seems to be speaking freely in a light and friendly manner.Imperial Couple meets with President Trump, first lady at palacehttps://t.co/E7UFG5i7vI— The Mainichi (@themainichi) November 6, 2017
CNN, others spread honest-to-goodness fake news about Trump's Japan visit https://t.co/fbSqqlVP69 via @dcexaminer— Pamela F Wood (@pamelafwood) November 15, 2017
The above tweet again focuses on the koi photo but Japanese Twitter users were more defensive of Trump than the general American population (the majority of whom disapprove of Trump in general). The user here points out that Trump was only following the lead of Prime Minister Abe, exactly. The feeling here is that "the media" (some media outlets and commentators) omitted the context of the situation to make Trump look bad. Others went even further to blame Abe for conducting himself brutishly in this situation.
Prime Minister Abe made his own gaffe during a round of golf with Trump, when the PM tumbled backwards into a sandtrap but then scrambled back to his feet, seemingly while being ignored by the golfing party.The Rise and Fall of Japan...(production title: The #Trump Effect)— For a Better World (@z_007_z) November 10, 2017
Japan's PM Shinzo Abe falls into bunker during round of golf with #POTUS 🏌🏽 pic.twitter.com/vbrkpdjJ7F
President Trump just helped a Japanese burger chain go big. During his recent visit to Japan, Trump dined at a Tokyo restaurant called "Munch's Burger Shack." Now, people are traveling hundreds of miles just to get a taste of the same Angus Beef Colby Jack Cheeseburger Trump had. pic.twitter.com/iisb8SChdP— 93 WIBC Indianapolis (@93wibc) November 17, 2017
The last tweet is in line with previous jokes about Trump's unrefined tastes for gourmet food and his preferences for fast food and sodas.Trump's Cheeseburger a hit at Tokyo burger jointhttps://t.co/TARTMDH41p— Larry Schweikart (@LarrySchweikart) November 16, 2017
Handlers arranged for Trump to eat hamburgers from a Tokyo burger joint.
While President Obama visited a world class sushi restaurant that would be beyond the budget of ordinary people, the burger that Trump ate costs about 1200 yen (about 11 dollars). Interestingly, the locals have been flocking to try the burger set that Trump had and for the low price, it is not a big risk for anyone to try.
The above video compares the visit that Obama made to the Emperor and the visit by Trump. Opponents of Obama were critical of his overly polite bowing and suggested that it was an embarrassment to American diplomacy fitting in the thematic attacks that American liberals are weak and tend toward globalism rather American interests. This is surely the exact type of points that Trump used to propel himself onto the American political stage, so he must have been planning on how he would handle the gentile situation while projecting strength and differentiating himself from his political antipole.Interesting to see the difference between @BarackObama first & second visit to #Japan to visit the Emperor & @realDonaldTrump trip. Obama the 1st time bowed too low, & according to the reporter not following Japanese custom. Trump slight nod/bow more according to custom #trump 🤔 pic.twitter.com/IO5DFIf5TM— The New Truth (@thenewtruth1) November 15, 2017