The Hokubei Hochi Foundation and The Japan Foundation are proud to present the “History and Culture of Edomae Sushi – From Tokyo to Seattle,” on Sunday, September 23, 2012, 2:00pm-5:00pm, at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, located at 719 South King Street in Seattle’s International District. This special event will feature a film screening of the acclaimed documentary ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ (81 minutes) followed by a live sushi demonstration and sampling by local sushi master Shiro Kashiba of Shiro’s Sushi Restaurant and his apprentice who stars in the movie, Daisuke Nakazawa.
Since 1824 during the feudal period of Japan, present day Tokyo was called “Edo”; a bustling city of merchants, fisherman, and artisans. During that time, the Tokyo bay provided a wide variety of fish and other seafood, where many of these delicacies were caught and prepared by sushi peddlers stationed along the walkways of the town. This style of fresh and local sourcing eventually developed into what is known as “Edomae” meaning “in front of Edo,” and Edomaesushi chefs today still continue to prepare with precision and simplicity, a showcase of the local and seasonal flavors of the sea.
Directed by David Gelb, ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ tells the story of Jiro Ono, who has spent much of his 85 years in perfecting the tradition of Edomae Sushi at his small 10-seat restaurant that lies under a Tokyo train station. His achieved style of preparation and service has awarded him a three-star Michelin Guide rating, being the first sushi restaurant to receive this honor. Jiro’s apprentice in the movie, Daisuke Nakazawa, recently moved to Seattle to train under local sushi chef Shiro Kashiba of Shiro’s Sushi. Also a master of Edomae Sushi, Shiro continues to find the freshest of local ingredients around the Northwest to prepare for guests to his restaurant.
This event will be a rare opportunity to not only learn the history and tradition of sushi, but also experience a live demonstration by Chefs Shiro and Daisuke of the preparation skill with tasting of their sushi with sake. Co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation, this event is the first in a two-event series featuring our local “shokunins” (artists), to elevate understanding of Edomae Sushi and feature Seattle as its focal point in the U.S., particularly with its proximity to Japan.
General admission is $25, students are $18, and discounts are available for groups of four or more. Advance ticket purchase is recommended as space is limited. Visit www.edomaesushi.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets, or call 206.623.0100.