[documentary] Jiro dreams of Sushi

Good evening everyone,

continuing on my recommendation series for movies, documentaries and TV shows.

This documentary follows worlds famous sushi master Jiro Ono (小野 二郎), who was 85 at that time – now 89 years old, owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro (すきやばし次郎), a three-star restaurant, on his continuing quest to perfect the art of sushi.

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The film also profiles Jiro’s two sons, both of whom are also sushi chefs. The younger son, Takashi (隆士), left Sukiyabashi Jiro to open a mirror image of his father’s restaurant in Roppongi Hills. The 50-year-old elder son, Yoshikazu (禎一), obliged to succeed his father, still works for Jiro and is faced with the prospect of one day taking over the flagship restaurant.

Jiro and his son

If you are a fan of good japanese cuisine you should invest those 81 minutes and watch this documentary. I love how Jiro talks about his passion and the way of becoming a true master of his work. The japanese mentality and culture is really stunning like that. One of the many reasons I love this country and the people.

Japanese sushi is really special.

ikura

o-toro

akami

anago

I don’t want to offend anybody, but I think people should really appreciate that preparing sushi is art. Not because of the needless decorations you see in high-priced wannabe sushi restaurants, but because of the carefully picked fish and the way to create the perfect taste and therefore the perfect sushi.

I lived in Japan and tried many different restaurants in Japan and also in other countries and cities of the world. I beg you, do not support those cheap wannabe restaurants that offer happy hour all day and sushi that was prepared by people who probably don’t know what they are doing. Sushi is art and it takes decades of study, practise and developing to become a real sushi chef and master.

Jiro is a real master and a perfectionist.

Jiro - you must fall in love with your work

If you have the chance to watch this documentary, do it. But be cautious to eat something before you watch.

If you already saw it, please let me know what you think.

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4 thoughts on “[documentary] Jiro dreams of Sushi

  1. I downloaded this a few years ago out of curiosity, but after watching it, I fell in love with it and it gave me a greater appreciation of sushi. It’s amazing how simple ingredients coupled with careful preparation (not to mention years of experience and wisdom, if I say so myself) can make a humble dish give you taste sensations beyond ordinary words. He’s amazing. And he should be a national treasure!

    • Thank you so much for your comment!
      I am very happy to read how you feel about the movie and sushi. That’s also what I wanted to achieve with my review, maybe also what the wanted to achieve with the movie. In general Japan is not just sushi and especially not super cheap and no matter the taste food. People should appreciate this form of art more. Overall they should appreciate all food. Just my personal opinion 🙂

  2. i LOVE sushi and food, in general. and this documentary is now on my list to watch! thanks so much for sharing =] it looks wonderful and i am pretty sure that i will be craving sushi more than i normally do! =p
    i really enjoy how passionately such chefs talk about their masterpieces, i.e., food. and it really makes me feel better because then i dont feel so alone when i talk about food in a similar way =p
    Also, please do check out my food-review blog too with posts which you may find interesting at https://eatandtell1.wordpress.com/ =]
    & follow me on Facebook too https://www.facebook.com/eatandtell001
    Bon Appetit! =]

    • Hey! thanks a lot for your comment. I am always excited to get to know my readers and hear about their opinion. I am excited that you want to watch the documentary. It really is something special. I will check out your Blog for sure. Maybe you would like to stay put. I have another food documentary recommendation up this weekend. It is also as craving triggering then this one. Food is such a wonderful thing and I am happy that there are other people who equally appreciate it.

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