NAGASTO /Japan/, December 15 /TASS/. Negotiations with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not be the only thing awaiting the Russian president in Nagato on Thursday. A local resident with the Russian name of Angelina has prepared a small gift - a snow-white kimono with inscription "V.V. Putin - Russia" embroidered in the traditional Japanese Katakana alphabet - for the Russian leader.
Angelina and her family moved to Japan about 10 years ago.
"I have been living here (in Nagato) with my husband and children for about 10 years. But I still love Russia, which I visit quite often," Angelina told TASS outside the press center located at the Otani Sanso Hotel, the venue where the Russian-Japanese talks will be held later in the day.
The young Russian explained that she had decided to make a gift for Putin as soon as she had learnt that he was coming to Nagato. She ordered a kimono with a black belt with Putin’s name inscribed on it from a judo club where her child attends judo classes.
Angelina admitted that she had never thought of how exactly she was going to give the Kimono to Putin, though she hopes for a stroke of good luck.
There have been gift precedents during Putin’s previous foreign trips; Russian journalists managed to hand over a
made by a Peruvian girl, Julia Castro, to Putin during the president’s visit to Lima this past November. The girl herself failed to push through the crowd to the Russian leader. She came into the spotlight when the Peruvian police arrested her.
Nagato is a small town with a population of about 35,000 people in the Yamaguchi Prefecture in the west of Honshu Island. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chose Nagato, which he considers to be his home constituency, as the venue for his talks with Putin.
All Russian journalists who had flown in to Nagato ahead of Putin’s arrival in Japan were given a warm welcome. Tables with local delicacies, including gaufre with green tea, Wagashi, a traditional Japanese confection, Japanese traditional hamburgers and even salty coffee, had been set out for them at the press center. Some Russian treats, including ordinary Russian bread baked by senior high school students in Nagato, were on the menu. Tourist booklets about the Yamaguchi Prefecture were on offer at the press center.