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Tuesday, 22nd April 2014
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US ambassador visits Ise Grand Shrine

US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy made headlines last week (April 16th) when she visited the Ise Grand Shrine located in the Mie prefecture.

Surrounded by bodyguards and press, the important visitor was escorted by Shinto priest Yoshiyuki Toriumi, who accompanied her through the area's beautifully tended gardens and forest.

Ms Kennedy planted a dogwood tree within the grounds, a specimen that has long been symbolic of the unique friendship between Japan and the United States.

The ambassador made headlines earlier this month when she tried out Tokyo's latest rail technology - a train that utilises magnets, allowing it to float above the ground and travel at more than 300 miles per hour - alongside Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.

It is hoped the technology will be ready for commercial use in time for the construction of the new Tokyo to Nagoya line, set to open in 2027.

Written by Mark Smith