I was 15 years old when I first went to Jun’s in Kansas City. We ate there before the Sadie Hawkins dance, so the ladies of the group had decided on our dinner venue. Mustering all of my culinary fortitude, I ordered the Teriyaki Chicken. So brave.
Our family ate fish during Lent, and only after it was battered and fried. Raw fish wasn’t really food in our world, and it took seven more years before I was ready to try sushi. People I trust told me it was delicious. Who was I to question raw food when my steak isn’t much more than raw?
It’s wonderful, and I only regret waiting so long to try it.
Steak lovers look with disgust while people with lesser palates drown dry and gray chunks of beef with steak sauce, or worse, ketchup. I imagine sushi aficionados feel the same about some of the elaborate deep fried creations that we submerge completely in soy sauce.
Months ago I sat down to relax with a movie. Netflix kept my top recommendation slot filled with “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” because it knows I love food and food related things. I’d surely learn something about great sushi, and I’d bump Jiro out of the top spot for a new recommendation.
It’s wonderful, and I only regret waiting so long to watch it.
This is not a movie about sushi. This is a movie about excellence that uses sushi as a vehicle.
Even for those who don’t like sushi in the least, this movie is fantastic for anyone that wants to achieve excellence in their chosen work. I’m not a dancer, but the words of Twyla Tharp in The Creative Habit still rang true. Jiro’s words, too, will ring true:
Once you decide on your occupation, you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success and is the key to being regarded honorably.
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