President Obama gave a thrilling state dinner for visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The visit was designed to highlight American appreciation for the longstanding relationship forged with Japan following World War II. The president appears to have achieved his objective. Foodies at AnastasiaDate ( have learned that the meal was prepared by a newly hired chef at the White House. It was a hybrid dish featuring the best entrees in both American and Japanese cuisine. The meal contained premium American Wagyu beef, Caesar salad fastened with Mizuhiki paper cord, and soy & tofu cheesecake.

In addition to the meal, the dinner featured celebrity attendees such as Shonda Rhimes, creator of the highly successful TV series “Scandal” and “Greys Anatomy”, Star Trek legend George Takei along with his husband, R&B singer Ciara, and Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson. The meal was served with guests having to eat with chopsticks. That proved to be a non-issue with George Takei, who grew up using chopsticks on a daily basis. However, it proved somewhat awkward for Shonda Rimes. Still, everyone was also given a set of traditional eating utensils in the event that chop sticks proved daunting.

The event was only the eighth of President Obama’s presidency and the first indoor event of his second term in office. It is details like this which matter greatly to Japan. In 1993, Japan voiced deep honor when former Vice-President Walter Mondale was named as the US ambassador to their nation. The Japanese government said that naming such a high-level statesman as their ambassador underscored the importance the United States placed on their relationship.

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