Sushi, a delicacy savored by many around the world, has a rich and intriguing history that dates back centuries. The origins of sushi are as fascinating as the dish itself, and at Genkai, we take pride in honoring this culinary tradition that has stood the test of time.
The term “sushi” refers to any dish made with vinegared rice, but it’s the combination of this rice with various ingredients, most notably seafood, that has made sushi a global phenomenon. The origins of sushi can be traced back to Southeast Asia around the 2nd century AD. It began as a method of preserving fish in fermented rice. The fish was kept in rice for months until it was ready to be consumed, and the rice was discarded.
Over time, the process evolved in Japan to include the consumption of the rice along with the fish. By the Edo period (1603-1868), sushi had transformed into something quite similar to what we know today. The sushi was prepared with fresh fish from the bay of Edo (modern Tokyo) and served at roadside stalls. This form of sushi, known as ‘nigiri sushi’, quickly became popular.
At Genkai, we have been honoring this tradition for over 30 years, serving sushi that respects its origins while also embracing modern culinary techniques. Our sushi is a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship that sushi making requires, a skill that we have honed over the decades.
As we continue to serve our customers, we are reminded of the journey sushi has taken from a simple method of preservation to a beloved culinary art form. We invite you to join us at Genkai to experience the rich history and delicious flavors of sushi.