JANMJANM kids Bento Box


Sushi sashimi set

Sushi Set nigiri and sushi rolls on wooden serving board with soy sauce and chopsticks over white marble background. Flat lay, space. Japan menu

Once only eaten at special occasions in Japan, sushi (pronounced sue-she) can now be found all over the world. In America people used to be squeamish about eating raw fish, but now they love to sit down at the counter of their local sushi bar.

Maki Sushi

Two maki sushi in a white tray insulated on a white background with chopsticks

Sushi began as a way of saving fish so it could be eaten later. The fish was salted and put on rice seasoned with vinegar. At first, the rice was thrown away, but the Japanese began to eat the rice with the fish and then started adding other ingredients.

Sushi comes in many forms:

  • Nigiri sushi: hand-shaped and topped with some type of fish or seafood.
  • Oshi sushi: pressed in molds.
  • Maki sushi: rolled and filled with different ingredients.
  • Chirashi sushi: ingredients are placed on top of a bowl of rice.

At some restaurants, sushi is even served on a moving belt where you get to pick out what you want as it moves by. Some sushi chefs show off by arranging and rolling the sushi filling to create works of art.

Japanese shiraishi raw seafood delicacyIf you still don’t know if you want to try sushi because you don’t think you’ll enjoy raw fish, start with ingredients that you know – like cucumbers or pickles – and build from there. Just watching the sushi chef prepare your meal can be a treat all its own!