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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe eats a pickled plum during a courtesy call from Miss Plum Kozue Kimoto, left, and Fuyuka Baba who are representing the Kishu Plum Organization, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Friday. Japanese letters on the jar at left reads: "Prime Minister's Official Residence."

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I've got it!

Our illustrious Prime Minister is bulimic.

The pickled plum is not going in - it's coming out!

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My bad.

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€turbo explained but''

@Gosald: The label on the jar stated Kantei. Chinese letter of each is Kan Official and Tei residence/ What you wrote is KyuTei and Kyu is Miya Imperial. Tei you wrote has nothing to do with Residence or mansion. Kyutei is used for imperial house ceremonies Tei is yashiki It had to write Kantei because tei only is often used for private people's mansion. If your famly own a mansion then your house is refered as your yashiki

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nakanoguy01: what does the garb have to do with ume?

Maybe because they traveled by road all the way from Kishu to Tokyo?

Goals0: Surely 宮廷 means Imperial Court.

The jar appears to read "官邸", not "宮廷". I can't read the calligraphy but I can tell there's a 阝 radical in there.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Minister_of_Japan#Official_office_and_residence

Located near the Diet building, the Office of the Prime Minister of Japan is called the Kantei (官邸). ... The old Kantei was then converted into the Official Residence, or Kōtei (公邸). ...

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E5%AE%AE%E5%BB%B7 宮廷 : Japanese - royal court (residence of a sovereign, prince, nobleman, or ether dignitary).

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Prime Minister’s Official Residence.

Surely 宮廷 means Imperial Court.

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Things like this are why I'll never be a national leader. (Well... this and the fact that only my mother would vote for me... and even HER vote is not assured.) you're trying to get some national legislation/momentum/policy going, and you have to interrupt it for an annual photo-op to promote a grower/beauty pageant organizer/brassiere maker.

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@Bertie: I think he is just pretending to eat pocl;ed plum. It is vert hot, Gotter than kimuchu Kprean people were eating. I remember people had one picled plum to increase appetite to eat a full meal of rice, ( 3 bowls each nea,, _

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@Nakanoguy - someone needs a briefing on kimono throughout the years... The hat was worn when travelling, specifically by women as far as I know. It is known as " Ichime gasa". If I'm not misaken, it started in the Heian era. See the red 'sash' over the kimono? It is because the robes are tied up to ease travelling. Sweeping the floor wouldn't be a good idea. Sorry, I couldn't resist, I just love traditional clothes too much.. sorry for the mini lecture.

uhh, yeah, i get all that. but it still doesn't answer my question. what does the garb have to do with ume?

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Bertie Wooster the only way you will get Abe to change his plans if he somehow chokes on those plums!

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/qamar explained well. Pickled plum from Kishu (Wakayama ken now?) There were many historical constume etc ithere but JT photographer did good job. It was forgotten since Meiji as the lord was Tokugawa. I believe this photo is the first photo of Tokugawa era costume

@Yubaru: Do they mass market umezuke in Fukushima?

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Here was a perfect photo-op....."Plums from Fukushima!"

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@Nakanoguy - someone needs a briefing on kimono throughout the years... The hat was worn when travelling, specifically by women as far as I know. It is known as " Ichime gasa". If I'm not misaken, it started in the Heian era. See the red 'sash' over the kimono? It is because the robes are tied up to ease travelling. Sweeping the floor wouldn't be a good idea. Sorry, I couldn't resist, I just love traditional clothes too much.. sorry for the mini lecture.

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How much did JA pay Abe to do this?

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Is he eating a pickled plum or just gazing vacantly into space in catatonic shock after his plans to alter the constitution have been thwarted?

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cuteness save me now.

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why the heck are those women dressed like that? it's like they are wearing mosquito netting.

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