Akie Abe Makes Kimchi

Akie Abe, the wife of Japan's rightwing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, continued her lone pro-Korean campaign at the Korean Embassy in Tokyo on Saturday.

The Japanese first lady, who is a fan of Korean soap operas, donned an apron to make kimchi along with Shim Jae-ryung, the wife of Korean Ambassador to Japan Lee Byung-kee.

She said the Korean side dish is so delicious that she would like her husband to taste it.

Akie Abe (second from right) makes kimchi with the wife of Korean Ambassador to Japan (second from left) at the Korean Embassy in Tokyo on Saturday. Akie Abe (second from right) makes kimchi with the wife of Korean Ambassador to Japan (second from left) at the Korean Embassy in Tokyo on Saturday.

The event was held to mark the addition of Korean kimchi-making culture to UNESCO's Intangible Heritage List and promote better relations amid strained inter-governmental ties. Some 180 people turned up.

The embassy wants to deliver some of the kimchi made with 400 heads of cabbages to victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 09, 2013 12:19 KST