President Obama Dines at Jiro Dreams of Sushi Restaurant

04/23/2014 at 05:35 PM ET

President Obama Jiro Dreams of Sushi
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One of the perks of being the President of the United States: You don’t need a reservation to get into a hot Tokyo restaurant where the waiting list is two months.

Shortly after arriving in Japan’s capital on Wednesday for a state visit with Shinzo Abe, the country’s prime minister, President Obama made a beeline for Sukiyabashi Jiro, reports ABC. The tiny sushi bar gained worldwide fame after being featured in 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

While the White House didn’t reveal what the president ate, typical menu offerings include flatfish, squid, yellowtail tuna, mackerel and octopus. And though the 10-seat shop is located in a basement attached to the Ginza metro station, prices rival upscale establishments: Lunch runs about $230 per person while the 19-piece chef’s selection comes in at just less than $300.

The president had plenty of company, including Abe, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

The eatery’s 89-year-old owner and master chef, Jiro Ono — the world’s only sushi chef to receive a rare three stars from Michelin — became an overnight sensation after the doc’s debut.

“I’ll continue my climb, trying to reach the top, but no one knows where the top is!” says the hard-working octogenarian in the film.

Still, having one of the world’s most important leaders eat your raw fish has to count as a high. And President Obama seemed impressed: As he left the restaurant, he reportedly told the press, “That’s some good sushi right there.”

—Nancy Mattia

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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