U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is led by Shinto priests as she visits Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday morning. Clinton said she came to the shrine to ''show respect for the history and culture of Japan'' and expressed hope for an ''even better future.'' Accompanied by chief priest Seitaro Nakajima, Clinton bowed in front of the shrine once before signing a registry book and writing down comments. She also watched shrine maidens perform a sacred dance based on a poem by Emperor Showa, the posthumous name of Emperor Hirohito (1926-1989), which hopes for peace. Clinton's appearance came as a surprise to some of the visitors to the shrine in the morning. ''She seemed to have an inner fortitude, unlike our country's politicians,'' Aiko Mizukami, 71, said.© Japan Today
Clinton visits Meiji Shrine
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