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.
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.
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.
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.
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.