Japan’s Hayashi plays “Imagine” on piano at Liverpool G-7 dinner

Dec 13 , 2021. 11 hours ago – 21:44 KYODO NEWS

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi is applauded by G-7 foreign ministers after playing “Imagine” on a replica of John Lennon’s piano during a visit to The Beatles Story Museum at the G-7 meeting of foreign ministers in Liverpool, the hometown of The Beatles, on Dec. 11, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Getty/Kyodo)

LIVERRPOOL , England – Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi gave an impromptu piano rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” during Saturday’s dinner party of the Group of Seven ministerial talks in Liverpool, England.

A pool photo taken at the “The Beatles Story” museum in the legendary rock band’s hometown of Liverpool showed ministers from the G-7 nations and guest countries, including South Korea, smiling and clapping their hands while Hayashi sat in front of a white piano.

“There was a piano, and someone said, ‘Anyone can sit there and play,’ so I played ‘Imagine’ on the spot,” Hayashi told reporters online, adding he performed about one-third of the song.

Known as a music lover, Hayashi enjoys playing the guitar and keyboard in a band formed with other lawmakers.

The museum tells the story of The Beatles and showcases memorabilia such as original instruments used by the band members and a pair of Lennon’s spectacles.

The two-day foreign ministerial meeting started on Saturday. The G-7 foreign ministers were also joined by invited counterparts from Australia, India, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, excluding Myanmar, for expanded sessions, with some taking part online.