Sushi: How to Eat, History & Cost |

Sushi: How to Eat, History & Cost |

Sushi is a symbol of Japan and is one of the
most popular Japanese dishes around the world. But what is sushi? For starters, sushi consists of vinegared
rice combined with different toppings, usually seafood, and comes in different forms such
as Nigirizushi, Makizushi, Gunkanzushi, Oshizushi, Temakizushi, Chirashizushi and Inarizushi. Sushi can be enjoyed at a wide range of establishments:
from high-end restaurants where one sushi can cost more than 1000 yen a piece, to cheap
on-the-go kaitenzushi restaurants that serve sushi for 50 yen a piece on a conveyor belt. Before we go into more details about this
delicacy, let’s take a quick glance at the history of sushi. In ancient times, raw fish was prepared for
nobility mostly during celebrations and festivals, and in order to preserve it, it was fermented
with rice. After the fermentation process, the rice was
discarded and only the fish was eaten. This traditional version of sushi can actually
be found and is still eaten in Shiga Prefecture and is called Funazushi . In the 15th Century, people started to eat the rice used in the fermentation of
the fish before it would turn into a paste. Two centuries later, the biggest shift in
sushi history happened when rice was replaced by vinegar as the fermentation agent. This way it wasn’t necessary to wait several
months for the process to end and the fish could be consumed sooner. The second big shift in sushi history happened
during the Edo Period. At the time sushi was still expensive and
mostly made for special occasions, until an employee at a famous sushi shop in Edo (now
Tokyo) decided to make cheap, delicious and quickly prepared sushi for everyone. During the Edo Period, because many people
often worked outside, street-food stands known as yatai were the number one choice when it
came to grabbing a quick lunch on the go. Sushi were sold there and earned the nickname
of はや寿司 (or “quick sushi”) because of how fast they were made. This marked the birth of nigirizushi. At that time, sushi pieces were considerably
bigger: almost three times the size of modern sushi. However, things changed after WWII,
when Japan suffered from a shortage of food. A union of sushi chefs decided to create a
service that would allow people to supply their own rice and pay a small fee for a chef
to make a set of 10 sushi which were smaller than pre-war sushi. This became the standard size for modern sushi. Because of the scarcity of ingredients during
the post-war years, sushi using vegetables, such as cucumbers (kappa-zushi) were invented. Finally, in 1950, the first conveyor belt
sushi restaurant opened in Osaka. The birth of kaitenzushi restaurants helped
make sushi a more accessible and on the go dish like it use to be back in the Edo Period. Although kaitenzushi continues to be popular today, gourmet restaurant options are still widely available. How to eat sushi A piece of sushi consists of vinegared rice
called Shari and a topping called Neta. Some popular Neta include: tuna, salmon, shrimp,
eel, scallops, sea urchin, and many more… When you are facing a spread of sushi which
features many different neta, there is no specific order in which you ought to eat the
different sushi pieces. However some people recommend starting with
a lighter Neta, for example seabream, and making your way to the stronger ones like
Anago which is already coated in a thick sauce, and ending the meal with the lightly sweetened
egg. But, really any order is fine! Sushi can be eaten using either your hands
or chopsticks. First, dip it in the soy sauce. The proper way to do so is to dip the neta
rather than the rice. For that, flip the sushi to the side and only
dip a small portion of it, or otherwise the soy sauce would overpower the delicate taste
of the fish. When you are eating Gunkan, use the Ginger
(called Gari in Japanese) to dip in the soy sauce and dribble it on top of the gunkan. Pieces already marinated or seasoned do not
need to be dipped in soy sauce. Ginger is also eaten in between pieces to
help cleanse your palette and appreciate the next piece better It’s good manners to eat the sushi in one
bite. But do NOT bite half of the sushi or try to split it into multiple pieces then put it back on your plate, since this is considered bad manners. Also it’s important not to separate the
fish from the rice. Although many people do it, we do not recommend
adding wasabi into your soy sauce. In Japan wasabi is directly put inside appropriate
pieces of sushi by the chef, in between the Shari and the Neta. Although we recommend trying it with the wasabi,
you can ask for Wasabi-nuki (without wasabi). Another reason to not add wasabi into your
soy sauce is that some pieces of sushi are better enjoyed with seasonings other than
wasabi, such as grated ginger. If you are eating at a counter, the sushi
chef will display the sushi one by one in front of you on a serving board called a geta. The name geta actually comes from its resemblance
to a wooden Japanese shoe of the same name. Don’t move the geta from its original position,
instead take the sushi with your hand or chopsticks and eat it directly. When eating at a kaiten-zushi restaurant,
sushi is prepared and served on plates (not geta) that go around the restaurant on a conveyor
belt and there are usually more than one piece per plate. At places like this, you just grab the sushi
you want from the belt, keep the plate on your table, and at the end of the meal the
waiter will count your plates to determine the bill. The price for each plate varies depending
on its color, and a detailed board not far away will show the prices clearly. Some kaitenzushi also allow you to order via
an interactive, multi-language touch-screen, and receive your food via automatic delivery. Finally, if you are dining at a high-end sushi
restaurant, it’s good manners to avoid wearing strong fragrances, as it might interfere with
the taste of the sushi for the people around you as well as yourself. Now that you know a little bit more about
how to eat sushi, let’s talk about budget. The cost of sushi can vary wildly depending
on where you go. Most restaurants will offer sets or sushi by the piece with prices ranging from 50 yen a piece at cheaper places to more than 1000 yen at high end restaurants. In some local restaurants, the price for each
sushi is not set but is decided by the chef day to day depending on the quality of the
fish being used. If you have a limited budget, we recommend
trying a kaitenzushi restaurant. Although sushi is a dish with a long history,
it has continued to evolve throughout the years, with new sushi inventions such as the
California roll which keep pushing the boundaries of
sushi creativity further and further. Who knows what type of sushi will be invented
years from now? In the meantime, we hope this video will allow
you to appreciate and enjoy your own sushi experiences even more. If you are looking for more information about
Japan or to watch another video, click the links on the screen now,
or head over to, your comprehensive, up to date travel guide, first hand from Japan. Gochisosama deshita!


  1. Hirano says:

    sushi é peixe cru, prefiro um bom churrasco de carne de vaca 😁😎👍

  2. Wee-Sen Choo says:

    Charly it's you!

  3. sameer taneja says:

    Thnx for explaining the details of Sushi… Very informative.. Very nice

  4. A M says:

    Sushi 💕

  5. woods seirading says:

    Wonderful country Japan!!!

  6. がりれお Galileo【旅行記】 says:

    So wonderful&informative movie !!!!! by Japanese

  7. Nomad Void says:

    Wait, what? They would spoil the rice for the sake of fish fermentation? I guess these were really rich people, otherwise I can't imagine how someone could make such use of rice in Japan where it is the primary food source.

  8. Sayyed Kumail says:

    But in previous video you said that next video is on shinkansen

  9. Catharina Usai says:

    Love your videos. Good explanation and useful information 😍

  10. Happy K says:

    This video should be mandatory viewing on all flights to Japan.

  11. Anthony Blignaut says:

    Wonderful thanks Only problem I have is Why so long before we get new videos? Need more PLEASE

  12. SnesForum says:

    Great Video. It is right that Yokohama has the best fresh Sushi in Japan?

  13. Millennial Travel Confessions says:

    This video really is top quality! You guys really deserve more subscribers 👍

  14. もしもしゆうすけ says:

    Because I saw such a lot of sushi,
    I've wanted to eat sushi.
    Thanks for the nice video!

  15. Jason Sputnik says:

    Arigato gozaimasu guys…. now I'm hungry!

  16. James Chicks says:

    From all of your trips or customer reviews, what do you think are your top 10 places to go to eat sushi all over Japan?
    Really informative video as always.

  17. Bryan Li says:

    This video only mentioned the Kanto sushi. How's about the Kansai sushi???

  18. André Matias says:

    Great content

  19. Yusuf Ali says:

    Thanks for the great explanation.

  20. avenue50 says:

    Great video! Especially the sushi manner was good to learn and remind me of not to dip Gunkan directly to soy sauce.

  21. Waqas Rafiq says:

    Simply mind blowing way of explanation.
    Surely you did good research and was able to put up in excellent way. Bravo.
    You've got a subscriber

  22. Jeremy Roe says:

    Damn. I'm hungry now

  23. Cademan Caden says:

    Cool. Subbed.

  24. Wids says:

    Nigiri still my favorite.

  25. Tales Oliveira says:

    Is that… a Marijuana leaf? 03:14 oO

  26. theJOKER isME says:

    I ❤ Japan so much. I subs your channel😍😙

  27. Mark Plott says:

    Japan-guide – sushi rice is prepared with Seasoned Vinegar and Sake or Mirin.
    Each shop has their own flavor and ingredient for seasoning the rice.

  28. Mark Plott says:

    IF you are going to eat sushi with hands, you should wash them well First. The finish with a Hot Towel (Oshbori). Do NOT wipe your face with towel.

  29. Mark Plott says:

    IF you are going to use soy sauce on the sushi, use chopsticks or fingers to remove the Netta (fish), dip in the soy sauce ,then return it to the rice. Only dip one side.

  30. Pragnesh Patel says:

    Thanks for ur video.

  31. Canal de Videos da Cristina says:

    Amo sushi delícia😋😋😋😋

  32. marry parlevliet says:

    might telling me what zushi means ?

  33. BC Bob says:

    First time I ever ate sushi was in Japan. I ❤🍣.

  34. Sasarai Silverberg says:

    i have never seen nor heard people dipping the gari into soy sauce and then onto a gunkan……

  35. WhoaNellyJake says:

    Last video was two weeks ago 😤

  36. Games Bestlove says:

    Great how to vidéo definitely giving me ideas for new how to videos on my channel 😉

  37. Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection says:

    Excellent videos. Thanks !

  38. Franklin Loo says:

    This is the info that I want. This is the best Japan Guide on describing sushi. Very good Vid.

  39. yessey TV says:

    Most informative video on youtube… Bravo! Amazing! Credit to the creator of this channel and those crews..

  40. Andrew I. says:


  41. Jan Folke Rørvik says:

    Remember it will not last – the fish – unless you fish sustainably. So think of your children and grandchildren would like to enjoy sushi in the future.

  42. Jan Folke Rørvik says:

    Conveyorbelt sushi – what a fucking joke.

  43. khelwii says:

    Excellent video but the Californian Roll is not a Japanese Sushi !

  44. 【ING TV】 Imagine to be in JAPAN says:

    Sushi is traditional and soul.

  45. Michael Anthony says:

    Anyone else get that Rick and Morty vibe at 3:49. Reminds you of the inter-dimensional cable episode where they describe how plumbus’s are made.

  46. Rafael Souza says:

    Excellent video edition and information. Congrats

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