Biden will eat at a top-notch restaurant when he visits Japan’s PM in Tokyo
Biden will dine at a top-notch restaurant when he visits Japan’s prime minister in Tokyo, following Obama’s sushi pilgrimage and Trump’s grilled meal with Melania.
- Prime Minister Kishida and Biden will have dinner in Tokyo on Monday
- A long line of presidents has dined out on official trips to Tokyo
- Donald Trump went to a charcoal grill restaurant when he was in Japan
- Barack Obama visited renowned sushi chef
- George W. Bush went to a Japanese-style pub
- George HW Bush infamously vomited on the Japanese Prime Minister at a banquet
- Biden flies to Tokyo on Saturday for the second leg of his trip to Asia
- He will meet with Kishida and Emperor Naruhito.
- He then holds a quadruple summit joined by the heads of Australia and India.
President Joe Biden enjoys a night on the town during his trip to Tokyo when he will join Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and sample some of the country’s world-famous cuisine.
With the security of the Indo-Pacific, the rise of China and the war in Ukraine on the agenda, it will be what the chef calls ‘Japan Present’ delicately plated on the Kuchuon restaurant menu.
‘We express each dish with the new sense of our chef based on the tradition inherited from our founding in 1955,’ according to the restaurant’s website.
The nod to history points to another Japanese tradition: US presidents gorging themselves on sushi and grilled delicacies and even going to the bar during outings to Tokyo with Japanese prime ministers, who use the events to add points at home while breaking the ice with a powerful ally.
Kuchuon offers a traditional Kaiseki menu, a fixed menu where “you can enjoy the sensitivity and feeling of the chefs through all the elements such as materials, containers, spaces and tastes,” according to the restaurant.
The chef prepares meals to order, and during special events has hot plates of shabu-shabu, Sukiyaki and sushi, all amidst a ‘stunning stage’ in a candlelit setting. Meals can cost around $200.
The restaurant boasts a service that it says hopes to create an “irreplaceable moment for guests.”
President Joe Biden is scheduled to have dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida, which will allow the two men to bond.
By dining out with his counterpart, Biden is participating in a tradition that dates back multiple presidencies.
Former President Barack Obama dined at the Michelin-starred Sukiyabashi Jiro with former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a no-frills establishment dubbed the best sushi in the world due to Chef Jiro Ono’s meticulous standards.
Former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump had a less formal meal with Abe at a Japanese charcoal grill restaurant during Trump’s visit. One night Trump and Abe attended a sumo wrestling match.
Former President Barack Obama dined with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo during the president’s visit in 2014.
President Donald Trump (second from left) and First Lady Melania Trump (left) attend a dinner with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (second from right) and his wife Akie Abe (right) at Inakaya Restaurant in Tokyo’s Roppongi district on May 26. 2019
The restaurant was founded in 1955 and boasts a service that it says hopes to create an “irreplaceable moment for guests.”
President George HW Bush vomited on former Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa’s lap during a banquet on his trip to Tokyo in 1992.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will receive Biden during his trip
Biden flies to Tokyo on Sunday after spending part of Friday and Saturday in Korea
The late President George HW Bush had a less auspicious meal during his trip to Tokyo in 1992, when he vomited on former Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa’s lap during a banquet.
His son, President George W. Bush, dined with First Lady Laura Bush and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi ate at a Japanese-style ‘izakaya’ pub.
According to the Asahi Shimbun, Kishida wanted to take Biden to an okonomiyaki, a restaurant specializing in savory pancakes, a kitchen in the Hiroshima prefecture that he represents. But there were security issues with the sites.
Former President Bill Clinton had lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi in the Ginza area of Tokyo during his 1996 visit, which came amid the Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment proceedings.
The dinner is one of multiple events Biden has with Kishida as the two men try to bond during a compressed visit.
The two men will hold a bilateral meeting where Biden will “highlight the strength of the US-Japan Alliance.” The two men will hold a joint press conference at the Akasaka Palace.
They will also meet families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea decades ago. Biden also plans to launch an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity.