Last sunday, I went to San Francisco Japantown for interviewing Japanese-American and Japanese. I made 3 questions for this interview and interviewed 4 different classes of Japanese.
1) Have you ever eaten a authentic sushi restaurant in the U.S?
2) What do you think the difference between most sushi restaurant in America and Japan?
3) Do you like the sushi restaurants in America?
The first person I wanted to interview was a student from Tokyo University, but she was too shy to interview. Therefore, I interviewed her aunt, who is the right person on the photo. Her aunt has been in the United States more than 40 years and she is 89 years old. She said she has eaten only one likely authenticity sushi restaurant in the United States. She said there are 100% different between Japan’s sushi restaurant and America’s restaurant. In Japan, sushi masters must have more than 7 years experience for making sushi. From choosing fresh fishes to making vinegar rice, native Japanese are dainty about eatting sushi. She told me that most America’s sushi masters are Mexican, Chinese, and Korean, who have not enongh experience. She does not like sushi restaurant in the United States because she thinks sushi masters are not professional as Japan.
The second person of my interview was Ken, a Japanese-American, was born in the United States. He thinks there are only little bit difference between Japan’s and America’s sushi restaurant. He told me that he has eaten a most likely authentic sushi is made by his Japanese friend. He guessed that was the truth sushi he has eaten in America.
The third person of my interview was a lady, Ivy, has been in the United States for 10 years. She has eaten in sushi restaurant in the United States. She thinks sushi restaurants in America are totally different to Japan. She said eating sushi is very causal and open to anyone in America, but this is not causal in Japan since eating sushi in Japan is very expensive. In America, they provide many different kinds of rolls, which are very America style, such as California roll. However, they do not have many rolls and do not have California roll in Japan. She said many Japanese masters have worked in Japan before, so she think the foods are similar to Japan.
So, is it authentic sushi restaurant? Eating America style’s rolls? Mexican sushi masters?