Abe poured the sake. Then President Obama drank it.

April 23, 2014

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Obama at Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo. (Cabinet Public Relations Office via AFP)

President Obama launched a week-long swing through Asia by dining on fine sushi Wednesday night (Japan time) or early Wednesday (Washington time). Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their guests dined at Sukiyabashi Jiro, one of the finest sushi restaurants in the world, located in Tokyo's Ginza district.

The restaurant's owner and sushi master, Jiro Ono, turns 90 next year and was featured in the 2011 documentary by David Gelb, "Jiro Dreams of Sushi."

As the two leaders dined, diners in a nearby restaurant peeked through the windows of where Obama and Abe sat and aimed their cameras to grab a picture of the president.

"That's some good sushi right there," Obama remarked as he emerged from the restaurant after the 90 minute dinner with the prime minister. Also along for the meal were Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

President Obama is in Asia for a four-country tour to promote commerce and trade as part of his administration's so-called "Asia pivot." But with rising tensions in the region, what does his relationship with Japan, South Korea and China look like? (Julie Percha/The Washington Post)
Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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