Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao wrapped up a landmark three-day "ice-warming" trip to Japan by declaring it a success.
Despite past and present tensions between the two nations, Mr Wen struck a friendly, down-to-earth tone during his visit.
On his last day he visited the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto, and took part in a traditional tea drinking ceremony.
He also played baseball with a university team, wearing the number 35 to signify the number of years Sino-Japanese ties have been established.
Another stop on his visit was a farm, where he helped farmer Yoshikazu Nagahama plant tomato seedlings.
He also laid flowers at a memorial in Kyoto to the former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, who studied in Japan between 1917 and 1919.
The focus of the trip has been on friendship, and greater collaboration on issues such as trade, North Korea and disputed waters in the East China Sea.
Despite his upbeat talk, Mr Wen admitted ongoing tensions between the two countries would not be solved overnight.
In a speech to the Diet - a first for a Chinese PM - he urged the Japanese not to forget the aggressions of their troops in many parts of Asia during WWII.
While calling for concrete action on the issue, Mr Wen also acknowledged the atrocities were the work of a few militarist leaders and that many Japanese were also war victims.