Biden will dine at top-rated restaurant when he visit’s Japan’s prime minister in Tokyo – following on Obama’s sushi pilgrimage and Trump’s grill meal with Melania
- Prime Minister Kishida and Biden will eat out in Tokyo Monday
- A long line of presidents have gone out to dinner on official Tokyo trips
- 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 H.W. Bush infamously vomited on the Japanese PM at a banquet
- Biden flies to Tokyo Saturday for the second stop on his Asia trip
- He will meet with Kishida and Emperor Naruhito
- Then he holds a Quad summit joined by heads of Australia and India
President Joe Biden gets to enjoy a night on the town during his trip to Tokyo when he will join Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and get to sample some of the country’s world famous cuisine.
With Indo-Pacific security, the rise of China, and the war in Ukraine on the agenda, it will be what the chef calls delicately-plated ‘Present Japan’ on the menu at Kuchuon restaurant.
‘We express each dishes with new sense of our chef based on the tradition inherited from our founding in 1955,’ according to the restaurant’s web site.
The nod to history hints at another Japanese tradition: U.S. presidents gorging themselves on sushi and grilled delicacies and even hitting the bar during Tokyo outings with Japanese prime ministers, who use the events to score points at home while breaking the ice with a powerful ally.
Kuchuon offers a traditional Kaiseki menu, a set dinner where ‘you can enjoy the sensibility and feelings of the chefs through every element such as materials, vessels, spaces and tastes,’ according to the restaurant.
The chef prepares meals upon request, and during special events has shabu-shabu hot pots, Sukiyaki, and sushi, all amid ‘breathtaking scenery’ in a candle lit environment. Meals can cost around $200.
The restaurant boasts service it says it hopes will create an ‘irreplaceable time for the guests.’
President Joe Biden is scheduled to dine with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida, allowing the two men to bond
By heading out to dinner with his counterpart, Biden is taking part in a tradition that goes back through several presidencies.
Former President Barack Obama famously dined at Michelin star Sukiyabashi Jiro with former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, indulging in a simple 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. It came on a night when Trump and Abe took in a Sumo wrestling match.
Former President Barack Obama dined with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo during the president’s 2014 visit
President Donald Trump (2nd L) and First Lady Melania Trump (L) attend a dinner with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) and his wife Akie Abe (R) at the Inakaya restaurant in the Roppongi district of Tokyo on May 26, 2019
The restaurant was founded in 1955 and boasts service it says it hopes will create an ‘irreplaceable time for the guests’
President George H.W. Bush famously vomited in the lap of former Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa during a banquet on his 1992 trip to Tokyo
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will host Biden during his trip
Biden flies to Tokyo Sunday after spending part of Friday and Saturday in Korea
The late President George H.W. Bush had a less auspicious meal during his 1992 trip to Tokyo, when he famously vomited in the lap of former Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa during a banquet.
His son, President George W. Bush, dined with first lady Laura Bush and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi ate at an ‘izakaya’ Japanese-style pub.
According to the Asahi Shimbun, Kishida had wanted to take Biden to an okonomiyaki, a restaurant specializing in savory pancakes – a cuisine from the Hiroshima Prefecture he represents. But there were security concerns with the sites.
Former President Bill Clinton lunched with Japanese PM Keizo Obuchi in Tokyo’s Ginza area during his 1996 visit, which came amid the Monica Lewinsky Scandal and the impeachment process.
The dinner is one of multiple events Biden has with Kishida as the two men try to establish bonds during a compressed visit.
The two men will hold a bilateral meeting where Biden will ‘highlight the strength of the U.S.-Japan Alliance.’ The two men will hold a joint press conference at Akasaka Palace.
They will also meet families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea decades ago.. Biden also plans to launch launch an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity.