THE ULTIMATE SUSHI GUIDE: Everything You Need To Know About Japan’s Most Iconic Food


History of Sushi

Over 2000 years ago, the first sushi was created. Of course, it was quite different back then. The original “sushi” was created in Southeast Asia simply as a way to preserve fish in fermented rice. The process of creating this original sushi, called narezushi, involved having salted fish wrapped in fermented rice for months and the rice would be thrown out when the fish was consumed.

When this became popular in Japan, the Japanese created a new dish, namanare, which involved eating both the fish and rice. The fish was consumed before it changed flavor.

Finally, a third type of sushi was created. Haya-zushi is the form of sushi we are most familiar with. The fish and rice was assembled to be eaten at the same time and the rice was not being used for fermentation.

Our modern sushi was created by Hanaya Yohei as an early form of fast food.

 


 

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Proper Way To Eat Sushi

1) Do not rub wooden chopsticks together before use. This may insult your host by saying their chopsticks are cheap.
2) Don’t feel pressured to use your chopsticks. It is also common to eat sushi using your hands. 
3) Sushi is meant to be consumed in one bite.
4) Only a light amount of soy sauce should be used. Otherwise you may insult the chef by indicating that the sushi did not have enough flavor.
5) The fish portion of the sushi should be dipped into the soy sauce and your sushi is consumed “rice up.”
6) Although popular in America, wasabi is not supposed to be mixed into the soy sauce.
7) Use the back end of your chopsticks to grab sushi from a communal plate.
8) Do not place the ginger on your sushi pieces. Ginger is meant to be eaten between different pieces of sushi to cleanse your palette for the next taste.

 


 

Different Types of Sushi
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Makizushi
Cylinder-shaped sushi that is rolled up with a bamboo matt and typically wrapped in nori (dried seaweed) and cut into pieces. There was various types of Makizuki depending on the ingredients inside as well as the size of the roll.
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Temaki
Another form of Makizuki, but it doesn’t quite look like the other variations. Instead of a cylinder shape, it is created with nori in a cone shape and stuffed with ingredients.
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Uramaki
Uramaki is a Western-style of sushi which has rice on the outside and nori/other ingredients on the inside. This was created in the United States as a way of visually hiding the seaweed.

 

 

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Nigirizushi
Nigiri is hand formed. It is a mound of rice with a slice of fish/seafood placed on top.
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Shashimi
Raw fish served without rice.
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Gunkanmaki
An oval mound of rice wrapped in nori and topped with soft, loose or fine-chopped ingredient. 

 



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“World’s Best Sushi Restaurant”
Tokyo’s famed restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro is said to have the best sushi in the world. The restaurant is owned and operated by 88-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono who is the very first sushi chef in the world to receive three Michelin stars. The sushi gathered so much attention that it became the focus of a 2011 documentary called “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”

Reservations must be made months in advance and customers must be prepared to dish out quite a bit of money. The 20-course “Chef’s Recommended Special Course” is about $300. While that’s a lot of money for one meal, customers always seem satisfied. They argue that the meal is an experience and an art.


 

Chopsticks Tutorial 

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DIY Sushi Plush/Pillow

Inspiring Father’s Day Gift: Menswear That Works to End Human Trafficking

Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Or maybe you just want to get something special for that important man in your life. Well we have just the thing! Not only can you help your fellow dress well, you can join the fight against global human trafficking.

Urbane + Gallant recently launched The Wilberforce pocket square. Not only is the pocket square clean, simple and gorgeous, there is an important story behind each one.

The pocket squares are made from organic cotton and natural silk fabric and are sewn by survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia. Each purchase provides survivors double the average monthly income, a personal education, and empowerment to move toward their passions by their own strength. Learn how to contribute to the mission by visiting http://urbanegallant.com.

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Urbane + Gallant is clearly working to make a difference. As mentioned, the pocket squares production specifically employs survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia and provides those survivors with double the monthly income as well as 9 hours of personal education.

To help with their mission, Urbane + Gallant has partnered with Agape International Missionsin Cambodia and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking in Los Angeles to combat this issue on a global scale.

You can purchase this pocket square here. Learn more about Urbane + Gallant on their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Urbane + Gallant is a lifestyle menswear brand on mission to cultivate a generation of men who live authentically masculine lives. Urbane + Gallant fulfills this mission through the creation of ethical fashion, which silhouettes how an urbane and gallant man lives. 

Fall In Love With Japanese Model Kiko Mizuhara

If you don’t know who Kiko Mizuhara is, you’re definitely missing out on one of Japan’s cutest and most lovable celebs.

23-year-old Mizuhara was born in Dallas, Texas to an American father and a Korean mother. At the age of one, the family moved to Japan where Mizuhara spent her childhood. By the age of 13, Mizuhara discovered her love for modeling and in 2003, she auditioned for the Japanese edition of Seventeen.

Clearly, the modeling world loved her right back. She became an exclusive model for Seventeen and then for fashion magazine ViVi. In addition to modeling, Mizuhara has acted in a number of films and a few television shows.

So what’s so special about this girl? Take even a brief glimpse at Mizuhara and you can feel something special about her. Her cuteness is so radiant that Buzzfeed has named her the “Zooey Deschanel of Asia.”

Check out some of our favorite photos and gifs of the model. You’ll be sure to have fallen in love with her by the end of this.

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Lies You’ve Heard About Asian Glow

Story by Teena Apeles.

All Asians turn red when they drink.
False. It’s estimated that 36 percent of East Asians have the genetic variance that causes facial flushing, according to Dr. Philip Brooks and his colleagues. Other studies suggest this genetic variant in Southeast Asians as well, such as Vietnamese and Indonesians, and there is a considerably low occurrence of the ALDH2 deficiency in the Filipino population compared to Japanese, Chinese and Koreans.

Only Asians have the ALDH2 deficiency.
False. It is estimated that 8 percent of the general population has this genetic condition. It has also been observed in South American, North American and Mexican Indian populations, but the deficiency, according to many published works, occurs “rarely” or is “virtually never seen” in Caucasians or Africans. “For the most part, we don’t think that the flushing you see in Caucasian people is the same ALDH2 deficiency that you see in the East Asian population,” says Brooks.


If you are Asian and get flushed after drinking alcohol, you definitely have the deficiency.
False. While it’s a pretty solid biomarker for the genetic condition among East Asians, Brooks says the only way to know for certain that you have the deficiency is to have genotyping done. In the Japanese study by Dr. Yokoyama, participants were given a questionnaire that was designed to be almost 99 percent accurate in identifying people with the ALDH2 deficiency, and an ethanol patch test was also suggested as fairly accurate.

There are certain types of alcohol that don’t cause facial flushing.
False. Some Asians have speculated that rice-based liquor does not cause flushing. “I found I don’t get red if I drink sake or Korean drinks like soju or makgeolli,” says Jeannie. “Engineered for Asian people!” And Faith believes that a little lemon or lime with liquor goes a long way for her: “Tequila is my drink of choice because it always settles best with my body. I think part of the reason tequila settles better with me is because I usually chase shots with a slice of lime or lemon, and something about the acidity in them helps the al- cohol digest better or something.” She adds, “I know for a fact that when lemons or limes are involved, I have way less of a chance of getting the Asian glow or any of the side symptoms.” But Brooks says there is no basis — and he’s not aware of any data — for ALDH2-deficient people to assume that different kinds of alcohol won’t cause facial flushing, and if it does, on occasion, that that in any way decreases one’s risk for esophageal cancer.

 

 

 
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Americans Overreacting to Asian Food

Recently, Buzzfeed released a video called “Asians Taste Exotic Asian Food.” It’s pretty easy to guess what happens in the video, but we ended up rolling our eyes while watching it anyway.

As expected, the Asian food chosen were some of the most intimidating options imaginable. They clearly had the goal of scaring the unsuspecting food-tasters. In fact, almost all of the dishes in this video were part of our list of “Top 10 “Scary” Asian Dishes We Love.” Admittedly, we’d be pretty hesitant to try some of these too. We definitely don’t blame anyone for reacting with shock when they realize their food can still move.

No, shock was not the reason we ended up rolling our eyes.

We understand hesitance and even dislike for unfamiliar food, but based on the reactions from this video, you would think Asian food is the most horrible thing imaginable. It’s an understatement to say that the food-tasters showed disliked for the Asian food. They gagged, spit it out and called it “rotten” and “gross.”

A few of the tasters were able to show some courtesy. They ate the food no matter how intimidating it looked and even admitted when it tasted better than expected. After all, these dishes are delicacies in many Asian cultures.

The rest of the tasters? Watch the video and see their reactions for yourself.

25 Asian YouTubers You Should Check Out This Summer

 

 

 

 

 

1) Jenn Im (clothesencounters)
I’m Jenn Im. Korean American. Born and raised in LA, but now living in the Bay. Clothes Encounters is a vlog of style musings, tutorials and lifestyle advice.”

 

 

 

 

 

2) Karen O (iamkareno)
“Hello! I’m Karen and I make fashion, lifestyle and lookbook videos. Born and raised in Hong Kong and the Bay Area. My style is influenced by the toughness of the city and the lax suburban lifestyle.”

 

 

 

 

 

3) Claire Marshall 
LA based Makeup Artist turned Beauty & Lifestyle Vlogger.”

 

 

 

 

 

 4) Cassey Ho (blogilates)
Full length POP Pilates and fun Bootcamp Sculpting workouts to Top 40 Hits with certified fitness instructor Cassey Ho.

 

 

 

 

 

5) LaurDIY
Hey! I’m Lauren, a 20 year old, Toronto based DIY and fashion YouTuber. Glitter, DIY, ripped denim & shiba inus pretty much sum up my existence.”

 

 

 

 

 

6) Sam Tsui (TheSamTsui)


 

 

 

 

 7) Wendy’s Lookbook
Hi everyone! I’m Wendy. I find inspiration in art, nature, culture, architecture, food, people and music. For me, fashion is a compilation of all that. The goal of my channel is to share outfit suggestions, create fun pairing ideas, provide fashion tips, play with shapes & colors, and put a smile on your face =D”

 

 

 

 

 

8) Vagabound Youth
19 year old Los Angeles native. CEO & founder of vintage boutique Vagabond Youth. Full time UCLA student. Feminist.”

 

 

 

 

 

9) Amy Pham (The Platform)
The Platform is a community of passionate content creators who share a love of beauty, fashion, and self expression. We celebrate real faces, real voices, real points of view, and believe that being unique never goes out of style.”

 

 

 

 

 

10) Just Kidding Films 
“Teaching Good Things In A Bad Way.”

 

 

 

 

 

11) Wong Fu Productions 
“Short films, music videos, and vlogs from Wes, Ted, and Phil. We like to tell stories, whether they’re funny, sad, or thoughtful. As emerging artists and filmmakers, we hope to continue to improve our craft, grow as a company, and reach people with our work.”

 

 

 

 

 

12) itsJudysLife
“Daily Vlogs with my husband Benji!”


 

 

 

 

13) Emmy (emmymadeinjapan)
“Join me on my international tasting adventures eating viewer-sent treats, Japanese candies, and homemade eats on Emmymade in Japan.”

 

 

 

 

 

14) Jessica Sanchez (jsanchezfan)

 

 

 

 

 

15) TantrumJas
“I am Jasmine. I am a 13 year old from London. I sing, I play piano and guitar. I will keep you updated with what I am up to on my facebook page (link below) – make sure you give it a ‘like’ !”

 

 

 

 

 

16) beautifymeeh
“Korean Makeup, Beauty, Fashion, Style, Tutorials, Inspired Looks, Vlogs and more ♥”

 

 

 

 

 

17) Keone & Mari 
“Doing what you love, with the one you love, through His love.”

 

 

 

 

 

18) Jeannie (alittleaboutalot)
“I love sharing things I discover and hope to encourage a few people along the way!”

 

 

 

 

 

19) Sophia Chang (fashionista804)

 

 

 

 

 

20) BubzBeauty
“My channel is to help make people realise their own beauty. In their hearts.”

 

 

 

 

 

21) Jubilee Project
“We are Jubilee Project – we exist to tell stories that inspire change!”

 

 

 

 

 

22) Joseph Vincent/Jason Chen

 

 

 

 

 

23) ochikeron
“This channel will show you how to cook Japanese Home Cooked Meals. Some are kawaii (cute) ♥”

 

 

 

 

 

24) SoothingSista

 

 

 

 

 

25) Taro (runnyrunny999)
“Hi, I’m Taro. Not pro but been making a cooking video since 2008. Japanese food, Japanese twist food… What is your favorite dish? ”

Beautiful Fashion Designs Using Flower Petals

Creativity reaches new heights with the work of a 22-year-old student in Singapore, Grace Ciao. Instead of using ink or fabric, Ciao creates her designs with an unexpected, but beautiful medium: flower petals.

Ciao told Buzzfeed that this creative idea was purely accidental. A boy had given her a red rose and she wished to preserve it.

Clearly, her idea was brilliant. Ciao currently has over 20,000 followers on Instagram and her beautiful petal designs have been featured on a number of media outlets.


When asked about her most favorite flowers to work with, Ciao responded that she favors flowers with multiple shades.

“They help me create prints which I otherwise couldn’t have thought of,” she explained “I think petals work really well for illustration also because their delicacy and exquisiteness mimic those of a soft fabric.”

Be sure to support Grace Ciao by checking out her official website and following her on Instagram.

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These Unsuspecting Movie-Goers Had No Idea What Was in Store For Them

In an MCL Cinema in Hong Kong, a group of unsuspecting movie-goers were in for a big surprise.

Volkswagen has officially raised the bar when it comes to advertising. In an effort to show audience members the dangers of texting and driving, Volkswagen decided to create a commercial that truly lets the audience in on the experience.

We don’t want to spoil it for you, but let’s just say this advertisement does a brilliant job of getting it’s point across. Watch it below.

Video of the Day: “If Asians Said The Stuff White People Say”

A Buzzfeed video called “If Asians Said The Stuff White People Say” has only been out since Friday and has already gathered over 1.6 million views. With a title like that, who wouldn’t be intrigued to see it?

While watching it, we couldn’t help but think of a Wong Fu short called “Accidental Racism” which highlights the way innocent curiosity may be misinterpreted as ignorance or racism.

Well it looks like Buzzfeed has a thing or two to say about that. The hilarious video, which is directed by Abe Forman-Greenwald and stars Jenny Yang and Eugene Yang, shows just how ridiculous this “innocent curiosity” can be by making Asians say the things we have to hear allllll the time.

 

11-Year-Old Audrey Zhang Wins Google Doodle Contest

If you check out Google’s homepage today, you will see the incredible work of 11-year-old Audrey Zhang.

Zhang beat out thousands of other young artists in the Doodle 4 Google competition. The competition was for kids in kindergarten through the 12th grade and there was certainly no shortage of competitors. In total, there were more than 100,000 submissions, 250 state finalists, 50 state winners, and five national age group winners.

The task was clear: draw an invention that would help make the world a better place.


Titled “Back to Mother Nature,” the doodle featured a “water cleaning machine.” The idea behind the illustration was a water purifier that would clean dirty rivers, lakes and oceans.

Not only did Zhang put a smile on many faces, she really did help make the world a better place. In honor of winning the competition, Google donated $40,000 to a charity that provides clean water to schools in Bangladesh. Zhang received a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for her school.

Audrey was asked to spend some time in Google’s headquarters to help turn her illustration into a moving animation. Check it out below: