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Ethel Kennedy Shops in Tokyo, Buys Seven of Everything

Feb. 6, 1962 - Mrs. Ethel Kennedy, wife of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, went shopping in Tokyo today and did nearly everything in sevens. Mrs. Kennedy toured a big department store with the Japanese-born wife of Ambassador Edwin O. Reischauer. The first thing that caught Mrs. Kennedy’s eye was the toy department. She bought seven toys, seven kimono-clad dolls, and seven kimonos for her seven children. Mrs. Kennedy’s other purchases included a chinaware sake (rice wine) set for her husband. At every opportunity during the 70-minute shopping tour, Mrs. Kennedy said “konnichiwa” (good day) to store clerks and other shoppers. Afterward, Mrs. Kennedy took the subway back to the U.S. Embassy.

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