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Melania Trump gifts Japan’s empress a pen made from a Harvard oak tree

First Lady Melania Trump and Japan's Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
First Lady Melania Trump and Japan's Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.AFP/Imperial Household Agency/Getty Images/AFP/Getty Images

First Lady Melania Trump gifted Japan’s empress, a Belmont High School graduate and former Harvard University student, a desk set that included a fountain pen made from an oak tree that stands on the university’s Cambridge campus during a state visit to Japan.

Empress Masako, who studied economics at the Ivy League institution in the early 1980s, presented the first lady with an ornamental box with a traditional Japanese design in return.

Emperor Naruhito presented President Donald Trump with a traditional Japanese pottery and porcelain bowl. Trump gave the emperor an American-made viola in a custom case handmade in Charleston, W.Va., and a photo of U.S. composer Aaron Copland.

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The foursome also exchanged photos. The Imperial Palace has a longstanding custom of the emperor and empress exchanging signed, framed photographs with their guests during state visits.


Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.