Photo/IllutrationRika Kihira, left, and Shoma Uno perform during a gala exhibition following the World Team Trophy competition in Fukuoka on April 14. (Ryo Kato)

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FUKUOKA--Japanese figure skaters bid farewell to the outgoing Heisei Era (1989-present) in style, performing to a selection of five popular songs from the past three decades.

Shoma Uno, Rika Kihira, Kaori Sakamoto and others put on an entertaining show at a gala exhibition following the World Team Trophy competition on April 14.

"We will present unique performances," Uno told the audience before the program started with the recent hit "Lemon" by Kenshi Yonezu, a song he loves to sing at karaoke bars.

Uno and Kihira danced as a duet to "Dango San Kyodai" (the three dumpling brothers), a song from a popular children's TV show.

Other songs featured were "Innocent World" by pop band Mr. Children, "Can You Celebrate?" by retired diva Namie Amuro and "Sekai ni Hitotsudake no Hana" (The one and only flower in the world) by the disbanded idol group SMAP.

Defending champion Japan settled for silver after the United States at the World Team Trophy competition held at Marinemesse Fukuoka arena.

The Heisei Era ends on April 30 with Emperor Akihito’s abdication. The Reiwa Era starts the following day with Crown Prince Naruhito’s enthronement.