It wasn't quite a Kennedy Center Honors Award show, but the entertainment in Yokohama, Japan Saturday evening made President Obama smile as Japanese performers of traditional Kabuki theater put on a show for world leaders in town for the APEC summit.
Kabuki is highly stylized Japanese singing and dancing which has been a tradition since the 17th century.
Usually at the APEC summits world leaders are treated to some sort of traditional performance and also participate in the "funny shirt" photo. Unfortunately, this year, it appears there is no "funny shirt" moment to be had as the leaders agreed to just go without ties with their suits rather than find a Hawaiian shirt or local traditional garb to don. As for Australia's new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, she copied other world leaders and did not wear a tie with her outfit for the evening.