Hello there. Clement from Westcoast here.
Sushi is probably the most well-known Japanese food internationally. No matter what country in the world you visit, the most popular Japanese food will doubtless be Sushi.
In Vancouver, we have Sushi restaurants everywhere, and owned by not only Japanese people but Chinese, Korean and even Canadians on occasion! There are even several famous rolls that originated in Canada, such as the California Roll and BC roll.
During my trip to Japan, I had the chance to try Sushi in Tokyo. I discovered that everyone who told me that sushi tasted different in Japan is completely right!
Many people say that when you go to Tokyo, the Tsukiji fish market is a place that one should visit. As someone who enjoys sushi and fish, this was one of the things I was looking forward to the most, and I wasn’t disappointed!
The market, was much bigger than I expected, and sold much more than simply fresh fish. All sorts of seafood was easily found, both at the street side booths and inside the many small restaurants. We decided to go to one restaurant where many people were and experience what fresh sushi would be like.
Sushi in Japan is definitely a different experience. The quality of rice used to make Sushi in Vancouver can range anywhere between too soft and too hard. Fish can occasionally be too frozen or simply not fresh, even on the same tray of Sushi. Sushi in Canada is also not often considered a delicacy, but a typical lunch or dinner food.
Not so in Tokyo! The sushi was all beautifully presented on traditional wooden trays, all neatly arranged and with every piece nearly identically made. Rice was neither to soft nor too hard, but nicely packed and had a rich flavor. The slices of salmon and tuna were also identically cut and prepared, and had a fresh and pleasant taste. Very difficult to explain, but most certainly different from sushi in Vancouver!