Follow me on my Tokyo sushi tracks
Entering a city famous for its food is as exciting as it is seems dangerous. How big is the chance on missing the best spots, the best places to hit the food jackpot in a city where millions upon millions live together?
Since I am fearless and not bothered with any special knowledge on the sushi subject, I am ready to hit this city. Well that is …… after all my bravery, if I could only read the signs over here in TOKYO!
こんにちは ……… ? ….. well that is a start.
It means, “HELLO”, and is pronounces as “Kon’nichiwa”. Used in approaching people you meet as you walk up a mountain or when entering a store, followed by a slight bowing of the head. That there are three different Japanese alphabets in use, which are all gibberish to me, gives little hope of getting the hang of this language quickly.
So a bit of chit chatting with some locals on where to have a good lunch nearby is out of the question. The street-code is completely different from anywhere I have ever been before. People seem to move within their own cocoon that they wear like a raincoat, shielding them from interfering with one another. To alienate things a bit more, half of the population is wearing a white medical mouth mask!
Street code, social code and dress code are all different here ,but do not forget ….. that this is the fun of being abroad! In Holland we only dress up once a year when it is Carnival time, here some girls do it all year round, known as Harajuku style groupies. From black gothic Lolitas to action figure styled promotional street workers, advertising blue fluorescent electrolyte beverages.
But don’t get me wrong here, you can approach people on the street with your question. They come out of their cocoon, and are most friendly and willing to help. The chance that they speak English is like playing the lottery; maybe you are lucky this time.
To overcome the verbal blockade most restaurants are equipped with a visual display of the offered foods in their window. These plastic artworks shows how precise the Japanese are in the things they do. Methodically all dishes are to be found next to each other shimmering and glossy like they were freshly made. So make your choice and dig in.
The quality of the food in this big, big city is of real high standards. Even the fast food chains offer you a freshly made dish that put the American chains to shame! Even McDonalds in Japan is better than any Mc. anywhere else. The dedication, attention, concentration and craftsmanship displayed is beyond western standards. Once a Japanese takes on a task he or she will execute it to perfection. So when it comes to sushi I was indeed in the land of the rising sushi.
88 Year old Jiro Ono owns the only three star sushi restaurant in the world. This self taught master-chef learned the tricks of the trade the hard way and gets better by the day he says in the documentary, “JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI”, a must see I must say . 🙂 Seeing this movie will keep you away from the supermarket sushi for a long time.
On Tokyo streets I have slayed the food dragon successfully after visiting several sushi bars, a variety of restaurants and ramen counters, street venders as well some mall cafeterias I was never disappointed. The best time to dine and mingle I must say is after working hours, when the Japanese unwind from their day at the office and sake takes over.
Your best ticket to sushi is by starting to save for your trip to Japan,
the Dutch Cook
Official website of ,”JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI”. click here
Lots of info on how and where to in eat in Tokyo click here
Movie made at restaurant ” KAITENSUSHI-TAISEI”, Chofu, Tokyo 1-35-3 Kojima-cho, Hama 乃 家 Building 1
KAITENSUSHI webside http://kaitensushi-taisei.com/