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From kushikatsu to Kyoto temple, G20 showcases Japanese culture

The Yomiuri Shimbun

A representative of the media tries kushikatsu at Intex Osaka in Osaka on Friday.

The Yomiuri Shimbun OSAKA — Reporters and media representatives covering the Group of 20 summit meeting in Osaka tasted some local delicacies served at the International Media Center.

Kushikatsu deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers and takoyaki octopus dumplings were among the items on the menu at the IMC in Intex Osaka, the main venue for the summit in the city’s Suminoe Ward.

Reporters for overseas media outlets got their fill of the fresh, piping hot Osaka specialities. A popular kushikatsu eatery in the city offered skewered beef and yam among other varieties. Soybean oil was used for frying so that vegetarians and Muslims could also enjoy the cuisine.

Partners visit Kyoto

Akie Abe, wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, played host to partners of the G20 leaders, escorting them to Tofukuji temple in Kyoto on Friday.

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  • Partners of the Group of 20 leaders visit Tofukuji temple in Kyoto on Friday. Akie Abe, wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is fifth from left.

About 20 participants took a stroll in the temple’s garden, viewing the green maple leaves of early summer and appreciating Japanese scenery and culture.

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