Obama met Asimo

29 Apr

U.S. President Obama was in Tokyo last week.

He had sushi dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Abё at the world-famous Sukiyabashi-Jiro Sushi in Ginza, Tokyo.

That restaurant in said to be the world’s best sushi … and the most expensive. A twenty-piece set costs ¥30,000 (about U.S.$300 ) .

And he could also meet Honda Corp.’s famous “Asimo” (pronounced “Ah-she-mo”) robot:

8 Responses to “Obama met Asimo”

  1. Robert May 1, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    scmp.com had an article about Obama’s sushi visit that said: “The president would have had no menu to choose from because Ono selects the sushi he serves and will not take orders from his customers.”

    Made me wonder who the most powerful person in the world really is! I think Jiro Ono just took over the title!


    • tokyo5 May 1, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      Yes, at places like Suskiyabashi-Jiro Sushi (unlike “cheap” sushi bars), customers trust the ‘master’ chef to give them the perfect meal.

      It’s Japanese culture…not only at sushi restaurants. Expert artists, chefs, barbers, etc are often trusted to know best about their trade.


  2. mikeladano April 29, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

    Do you know if this robot had an appearance in the final episode of Battlestar Galactica?


    • tokyo5 April 29, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

      Asimo in Battlestar Galactica?
      That’s the first time I’ve heard that. But I don’t know … I’ve never watched that show.


      • mikeladano April 30, 2014 at 6:59 am #

        It’s possible it was Asimo. In the finale, the series ended in the present day, and they did a collage of present day robots. In fact I found a clip from it!


      • tokyo5 April 30, 2014 at 7:28 am #

        Actually almost all of those robots are in Japan! But I didn’t see Asimo among them.


      • mikeladano April 30, 2014 at 7:31 am #

        Either way, those robots are cool! I liked the robotic musical band.


      • tokyo5 April 30, 2014 at 8:46 am #

        >Either way, those robots are cool! I liked the robotic musical band.

        I remember when the one that looks (kinda) like a real woman was on the TV news a few years ago. She (It?) was made to do jobs such as “manning” information desks.
        She (It) is kinda creepy looking!


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