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U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy performs 'Koi Dance' in Santa suit

By Corey Gold, RocketNews24

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo has just released a new video and it’s not as serious as you may expect. U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her fellow staffers have found some time to spread a little Christmas cheer and goodwill to the people of Japan by dancing to the recently popular "Koi Dance" ("koi" meaning love in Japanese) made famous by a Japanese drama series.

Kennedy (who is sporting a Santa suit) is accompanied in her merry jig by a cast of U.S. diplomatic staff members from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, the U.S. Consulate in Nagoya and Fukuoka, and the U.S. Consulate General facilities in Osaka, Naha and Sapporo.

The Koi Dance comes from the “Koi” song that was made famous by the Japanese drama series "Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu," which translates to "Running Away is Shameful but Helpful," but goes by the English title, "We Married as a Job!" The moves were choreographed by MIKIKO, creator of dance routines for popular Japanese musical acts such as Perfume and Babymetal.

Online comments have included:

“If Trump does this I will donate 30,000 Big Mac burgers.” “Thank God it wasn’t PPAP” “This is awesome! This kind of surprise is great!” “Let’s transcend boundaries!” “This was one of my small dreams, to see a foreigner dance the Koi Dance! Thank you!”

The "Koi Dance" has generated wide spread attention with celebrities trying out the dance themselves all over Japan including Japan’s most popular male figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu.

Source: Hachima Kikou, YouTube/U.S. Embassy Tokyo

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How very dignified.

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I LOVE it!

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At least it wasn't PPAP.

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Yeah, um, maybe she could have had her staff do the video and she just provided some covering comments.....

Not very Ambassadorial, in my view, but that's just me....

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That dude in the red and white suit has won Internet Christmas.

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Take a chill pill folks ! What ? Ambassadors aren't aloud to have fun ? Jeez, . . .

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A diplomatic embarrassment. Abe would never do such a thing.

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They should appear on the NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen.

It would be a perfect match.

Thank God we don't have TV!

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Abe would never do such a thing.

No, he just turned into Super Mario for the Olympic closing ceremony.


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She is obviously getting a little cabin fever and needs to get back to the US.

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Yep just about sums up what she's qualified to do

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She was having a bit of fun, and it appealed to the people. Says a lot about the people who are so bitter they need to try and mock it.

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Says a lot about the people who are so bitter they need to try and mock it.

I agree Smith but my god, sometimes your comments can seem so bipolar.

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@FizzBit - Amen to that !

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Good lord!

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wow no alpha males there.. horribble crap

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@Himajin ... excellent response! The video although not at all interesting for me shows that even diplomats are human and do have a sense of humor which they are not embarrassed to express...

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Rather primitive performance if not plain stupid.

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It's cute ... I didn't turn on the audio, though ...

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Have her staff do the Koi Dance video, and then her appearing at the end, in traditional ambassador attire, with a warm greeting and message of continued harmony and good will. Just my $.02...

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At least some people are having fun

Merry Christmas y'all

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What's next - the President of the United States dancing on the Ellen DeGeneres show? This is a slippery slope.

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C'mon people, even the North American Aerospace Defense Command has a website tracking Santa Claus, lol


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maybe she's trying to say something about the farcical nature of international relations and the state of the world now.

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