[Watch] Michelle Obama’s Awkward Trip to Japan Lacks Etiquette


Michelle Obama arrived in Japan on Wednesday on her first visit to the country which is being described as a ‘makeup call’ after she failed to accompany Barack Obama to Japan last year.


Michelle’s previous no-show upset members of the Japanese establishment so much that one politician, Kazuyuki Hamada, made the claim that the Obama’s were getting divorced, and that the Barack had been using Secret Service agents to cover for his extramarital affairs.

The trip started off on an awkward step with Michelle stumbling in her silver stilettos while attempting an awkward curtsy when meeting with Emperor Akihito.


Despite being coached on proper etiquette that excessive physical contact is frowned upon in Japan, Michelle Obama attempts an ill-fated hug-and-handshake combination when she meets Japan’s First Lady, Akie Abe, who is caught in the middle of her bow. 

During the five-day trip, Michelle will visit Cambodia – whose leader, Hun Sen, has a reputation for ruthlessness, and where child prostitution and human trafficking is high to highlight a campaign supporting education for girls. 

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Michelle Obama waves upon her arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, wearing a green printed dress from Kenzo’s Fall 2014 collection, which costs around $700, offset by a chunky belt. 

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    • I hate to say I was shocked by her lack of decorum considering who she is, however, she has an entire staff of people who can and should be educating her about the social etiquette of the places she is visiting. Take this visit for example, she bowed like her husband did, not as pronounced, but a bow none the less. Then she hugged his wife while she was attempting to give a proper, and formal greeting. I’m starting to think that Hussein and Michelle continue to act the fool because her staff is afraid to offer advice? Regardless, I have never been to Japan, but even I knew they have a formal greeting and it is not hugging 😛


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