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Russian dancer Maya Plisteskaya (on left) talks with former Prime Minister of Italy Lamberto Dini, during an informal meal celebrating the 2006 Praemium Imperiale art awards, in the Meiji-Jingu shinto shrine, Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006. The five laureates in 2006 were internationally renowned Japanese artist Kusama Yayoi, French sculptor Christian Boltanski, German architect Frei Otto, American musician Steve Reich, and Russian dancer ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. All receive an honorarium of 15 million Yen, and a medal. The Japan Art Association, giver of the awards, is the oldest cultural foundation in Japan, established in 1887. The laureates are chosen each year by an international jury, from a list of nominees put forward by advisors. The awards are held annually in Tokyo in the presence of Prince and Princess Hitachi.