“This is the greatest day of my life,” Cooke wrote, adding that it was “especially touching when the music got sadder, and the mascots’ dancing changed with it.”
He also clarified that the mascots were part of an event hosted by Zespri, New Zealand’s kiwifruit export monopoly, rather than a welcome from the Japanese government.
The kiwifruit is, of course, the national fruit of New Zealand, and while the dancing mascots provided a totally bizarre start to the trip, you can’t deny they went to serious effort to make them feel at home.
As Stuff reports, Ardern told the crowd that grandparents used to grow kiwifruit.
“This is very literally the fruit of Kiwis,” she said.
It turns out Kiwifruit is a big deal in Japan, with the country importing $600m worth of product from New Zealand.
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