By Justin Sink
President Obama celebrated his first night in Tokyo with a trip to Sukiyabashi Jiro, a world-class restaurant whose owner was the subject of the 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”
The restaurant, which has been awarded three Michelin stars, is owned and operated by 89-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono.
There are only a dozen other restaurants in Tokyo to have earned three Michelin stars, and the famous prix fixe menu, which covers roughly a dozen traditional sushi courses, starts just under $300.
While prices are high, the restaurant itself is unassuming. The small dining room is attached to a nearby subway station, and diners typically complete their meals in under half an hour.
Obama and the prime minister tripled that time, spending 90 minutes in the restaurant.
"That's some good sushi right there," the president said when he emerged to head back to his hotel.
In 2002, former President George W. Bush dined with then-Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi at Roppongi’s Gonpachi, another restaurant made famous by the movies. Quentin Tarintino used it to film scenes for “Kill Bill;" it has also been visited by former President Clinton.
Reporters traveling with Obama did not get to enjoy the world-class sushi, instead holding at a nearby Belgian restaurant.
—This post was updated at 9:33 a.m.