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How to eat Sushi correctly

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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.

How to eat Sushi correctly


By Sakude Emi






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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


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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