Sushi every day? Not if you’re Japanese…

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On September 14, 2014
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A lot of first-time visitors think sushi is eaten daily in Japan There are a lot of foreigners who don’t like sushi, but the overwhelming majority of us seem to love it. I fall into the “I really, really love eating raw fish on rice” category, to the dismay of my husband.

While he prefers to chow down on yakiudon or miso nasu, I’m just as fine munching on some cuts of raw salmon or squid, from a 50% off “evening sale” at the local grocery store.

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A couple months ago, my sister visited us in Tokyo. She stayed for a couple weeks and the two of us had a surprisingly large number of lunches and dinners at “Sushiro,” the local kaitenzushi restaurant (lucky for us, located right down the street).

After the fifth time in two weeks, my husband opted to stay at home while we went to get sushi. “I don’t get it,” he told me later that evening, over a beer, “why do foreigners think we (Japanese people) eat sushi all the time?”

Good question. Why do we?

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  • Trevor Kent says:

    I know that Japanese people don’t eat sushi every day. It would be really stupid to do so. The same as the few Japanese people who think that Americans eat hamburgers or pizza every day. However, Sushiro is so freakin’ good that I find myself gravitating towards that place too. 😀 I fall into the same camp as you, Grace. I love raw fish and rice. However, I get enough variety through kyuushoku, and if I’m not cooking, it’s usually a nice day to take a short train ride to my nearby Sushiro, and also get out and talk with people, window shop, and just generally relax after a long week.

  • Armando ElDemoledor Zuñiga says:

    actually i know that you eat rice too… 😛 Just kidding i love japanesse food and one of my favorite is Okonomiyaki…

  • ThePillowGrabber says:

    I believe that might be because that’s the most widely introduced Japanese food in the world. For most, that’s the only thing they know to be from the country of the rising sun, in regards to meals.

    I spent the Summer in the US and, when I found out that there was a good restaurant with traditional Japanese food (no fast-food stuff like Noodles & Company, or anything like that) in the city, I immediately dragged my fiancé there for a big bowl of ramen. I loved it so much, I shared my experience on social media and, to my surprise, not many people even knew what I was talking about, except for friends with similar interests.

    • I’ve experienced a similar thing in Texas, I think. It’s easy to drag friends and family to pseudo Japanese restaurants (named things like “Wasabi” or “Mt. Fuji-san”) and order a couple sushi rolls + miso soup, rather than try to get people to try things like Okonomiyaki or even ramen (if and when the menu has it).

      Japanese restaurants in the US are so much more different than Japanese restaurants in Japan (of course) – and it can be shocking for some of my friends when they visit Tokyo…

      • ThePillowGrabber says:

        At the time, I dragged my fiancé and a friend of his, who already knew about ramen and was equally as interested in trying it as I was. He tried the soy version and I chose the miso sauce – both delicious!

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