Tsukiji Fish Market
Sushi from Sushi Dai
I’m so happy that food porn from Japan isn’t pixelated.
Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to fully admire the sushi in the documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi. For a mere 30,000 yen ($362USD at the moment!), you can dine at the tiny Sukiyabashi Jiro, tucked underneath the subway station in the affluent Ginza district in Tokyo. The restaurant can seat ten, has 3 Michelin stars, and requires a reservation one month in advance… and I was impatient when I had to wait an hour to eat at Sushi Dai in Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market to eat the best sushi I’ve had in my life so far.
Along with the massive amounts of sushi porn shown in Jiro, you also get a glimpse of Japanese work ethics: patience and perseverance, especially. Patience is evident when you see chef Jiro’s son and protégé – who is arguably a master sushi chef himself – performing seemingly arbitrary tasks such as drying seaweed with as much dedication as a seasoned yogi taking Downward Dog for the umpteenth time. And Jiro himself, now 85 years old, shows perseverance by showing up to work every day to try to elevate his craft. One thing that Jiro said that really stuck with me is (and I’m paraphrasing here), “You must fall in love with your work. And then you must give your life to it.”
Films like Jiro remind you to find the things that you love doing because you can never be a master at something you don’t love doing. Sounds as simple as putting a piece of fish on top of rice and calling it sushi. But we all know it’s not that easy. The things we love take practice. And more practice. And more practice.
-The Humble Warrior