From “A Hopeful Sign” – Every Meal in Japan is an Experience
My latest post on the e-zine “A Hopeful Sign” is about eating in Japan. As most of you know, I truly love food and eating, and it is a big part of the Japanese culture. You can get to the post properly HERE.
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Like many humans, I spend a lot of time not only eating, but thinking about food. In Japan, food is not just sustenance or yummy, but a different type of art form. From the casual to the decadent, food has a prominent place in the Japanese culture far beyond the sushi that many people associate with the country. That being said, let’s begin with sushi:
The above photo is from my favorite sushi restaurant in Japan, Fukuzushi. Labeled by Frommer’s as possibly the best in Tokyo, it has been in business for four generations and is currently owned and run by the great-granddaughter of the founder. Every piece of fish is hand-chosen by specially trained sushi chefs at the Tsukiji Fish market the morning before it is served.
This is a photo of master sushi chef Toyo Agarie at Fukuzushi. He told us that he studied and worked as an apprentice for many years to become a proper sushi chef. Once he mentioned that he worked in the restaurant for more than a year before ever touching a piece of fish. Look carefully at the photo; Toyo-san is holding a knife in his right hand that he swings expertly toward the piece of cucumber in his hand in order to slice it beautifully to be put on the plate next to the fish. He swings the sharp knife so fast that it’s barely visible in the photo. It’s an ancient skill and art that he practices.
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