An exchange of friendship was recently made between the visiting Bolshoi Circus and a Japanese circus in Kiryu city, Gumma prefecture located to the north of Tokyo.
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Background: An exchange of friendship was recently made between the visiting Bolshoi Circus and a Japanese circus in Kiryu city, Gumma prefecture located to the north of Tokyo.
Some 50 members of the Bolshoi Circus who has won the popularity of the Japanese since its visit to Japan nearly a month ago, called at the Shibata Circus on two buses at the invitation of the Japanese circus.
At Kiryu city, they were warmly greeted by all members of the Shibata Circus.
On this day (July 7) the Bolshoi members as guest spectators enjoyed exhibition of horsemanship and acrobatic performances in the air by members of the Shibata company.
The Soviet visitors saw the performances for more than two hours giving a storm of applause to Japanese performers.
After enjoying the feats, the Bolshoi members appeared on the stage and shook firm hands with the Shibata circus members, promising with each other to promote friendship through their occupation.
It was the first time since before and after the war that an exchange of friendship was made between the Japanese and Soviet circuses.