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Sushi, the quintessential Japanese cuisine

Sushi is the quintessential Japanese cuisine and is ubiquitous in Japanese supermarkets, convenience stores, and in restaurants around the country.

There are many kinds of Sushi, but the typical dish referred to as 'Sushi' is in fact just one type, called Nigirizushi, which literally means hand-pressed Sushi.

In this JOI teachers' blog, Sakude sensei explains the correct way to eat Sushi when presented with a plate of a variety of Nigirizushi. Read this free Japanese blog and learn some Japanese vocabulary and listen to the audio to practice learning Japanese pronunciation.

正しい寿司の食べ方
How to eat Sushi correctly

sakude

By Sakude Emi

sushi

みなさんは「寿司は好きですか?」と聞かれたら、何と答えますか?おそらく「好き!」と答える人は多いでしょう。

日本人でも知らない人が多いですが、寿司には正しい食べ方があります。もちろん好きなように食べていいのですが、おいしい寿司をよりおいしく食べる方法があります。

その方法は、寿司は味の薄いものから味が濃いものの順に食べるといいそうです。例えば、味が薄いものは、鯛やひらめなど、味が濃いものはトロ、ウニなどです。味が濃いものを食べて、薄いものを食べたいときはガリを食べたり、お茶を飲んだりして、口の中をさっぱりさせるといいです。好きだからといって同じものばかり食べるのはマナー違反だそうです。いろいろな寿司をまんべんなく食べるほうがいいです。

みなさんも日本に来たら、ぜひおいしい寿司を楽しんでくださいね。

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正(ただ)しい寿司(すし)の食(た)べ方(かた)

みなさんは「寿司(すし)は好(す)きですか?」と聞(き)かれたら、何(なん)と答(こた)えますか?おそらく「好(す)き!」と答(こた)える人(ひと)は多(おお)いでしょう。

日本人(にほんじん)でも知(し)らない人(ひと)が多(おお)いですが、寿司(すし)には正(ただ)しい食(た)べ方(かた)があります。もちろん好(す)きなように食(た)べていいのですが、おいしい寿司(すし)をよりおいしく食(た)べる方法(ほうほう)があります。

その方法(ほうほう)は、寿司(すし)は味(あじ)の薄(うす)いものから味(あじ)が濃(こ)いものの順(じゅん)に食(た)べるといいそうです。例(たと)えば、味(あじ)が薄(うす)いものは、鯛(たい)やひらめなど、味(あじ)が濃(こ)いものはトロ、ウニなどです。味(あじ)が濃(こ)いものを食(た)べて、薄(うす)いものを食(た)べたいときはガリを食(た)べたり、お茶(ちゃ)を飲(の)んだりして、口(くち)の中(なか)をさっぱりさせるといいです。好(す)きだからといって同(おな)じものばかり食(た)べるのはマナー違反(いはん)だそうです。いろいろな寿司(すし)をまんべんなく食(た)べるほうがいいです。

みなさんも日本(にほん)に来(き)たら、ぜひおいしい寿司(すし)を楽(たの)しんでくださいね。

How to eat Sushi correctly

When asked, “Do you like Sushi?” the number of people who answer, “Yes! I do.” is probably a lot.

There are many Japanese people who do not know this, but there is a correct way to eat Sushi. Of course you can eat Sushi any way you like, but there is a tastier way to eat delicious Sushi.

They say that the way is to eat Sushi so that you eat the lighter flavoured ones first, and then go on to taste the deeper flavours in that order. For example Red Snapper and Flounder are examples of lighter flavoured Sushi , whereas Tuna Belly and Sea Urchin have deeper flavours. After you have eaten a deeper flavoured Sushi, and if you then want to try a lighter flavoured one, then it is a good idea to eat some pickled ginger and drink some green tea which refreshes the inside of your mouth. And although you might like one particular type, eating just the same type of Sushi is apparently a breach of etiquette. It is better to eat different kinds of Sushi equally.

If you come to Japan, please try to enjoy some delicious Sushi.

おそらく probably; maybe; perhaps; as likely as not

ガリ sliced ginger prepared in vinegar (served with sushi); pickled ginger

さっぱり plain; light

だからといって while it may be true that; just because; nevertheless; not necessarily

マナー違反(いはん) breach of manners; breach of etiquette

まんべんなく equally; thoroughly; all over; uniformly; without exception; all around

sakude

I am Sakude Emi. I live in Osaka, Japan's second largest city, with my daughters, son and my Brazilian husband. My hobby is cooking, especially dishes from around the world.

My husband and I often talk about how much misunderstanding there is in the world between individuals and between nations. We feel it is these misunderstandings that block smooth human relations. I would like to do what I can to unravel these knots of misunderstanding.

If there is anything you'd like to ask me, even if it's not connected to learning Japanese, please feel free. Let's do our best together.

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