Of course, with arguably the most powerful man on earth as state guest, only the best sushi in Japan must be served. United States President Barack Obama arrived in Japan for a three-day visit and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe thought it fitting to welcome him at Sukibayashi Jiro, which is known to have the world’s best sushi.
Found in the upscale Ginza district, the place is owned by Jiro Ono, who is also the chef who is the basis for the critically acclaimed documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Known for its hefty price tag and exclusivity, the 10-seater establishment was the perfect setting to begin discussions on matters of regional security as it also provides a casual and relaxed atmosphere that makes diners feel comfortable. Awarded three stars by the Michelin Guide, diners who want to taste Ono’s creations cannot simply walk to the door to be accommodated. Most of the customers were recommended by trusted patrons, ensuring only the elite will be able to sample the world-famous sushi. However, the restaurant also accepts reservations by phone but callers have to be prepared for at least a 2-month waiting list.
While many would expect that sushi is always served to state guests, most especially heads of other states, it was not always the case. Then-President George W. Bush and Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi feasted on Kobe beef and flame-grilled burgers during their meetings. He probably didn’t want a repeat of his father, also former President George Bush, who infamously vomited and fainted during his state visit in 1992. It was however unverified if it was the sushi’s fault or just a 24-hour flu.
[via Yahoo! News]
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