Obama is a town in the Japanese prefecture of Fukui that has railway stations with un-American sounding names like Seihama and Higashi. Nobody in the US even mentioned Obama Fukui before the 2009 election, although they could have used its famous lacquered chopsticks when dining in a sushi bar.

There is not much else to say about Obama Fukui, except the name means “little beach” in Japanese and they have an annual water-carrying competition. They also make manjū sweets with the president’s face on them that are sugar-coated beans.