Tools Needed to Make Sushi

We will explain the different tools needed to make sushi and their various uses. Many of these tools have been used in Japan for a very long time. We will give explanations as well as show pictures, giving you a clear understanding of each and every tool and what it is used for.

A Request to SushiTrainer.com Users

tools for sushi

I will work hard to satisfy all of the customers of SushiTrainer.com and work to add new articles and make changes to the site every month. The site will only be $9.95 a month, with a $20 initial registration fee that is good for life. I will use the money from everyone to help cover the development costs and future expenses of the website to improve upon it. We are not asking any of our sponsorship for any financial help at all. This site is run by a private company to provide SushiTrainer.com from the Los Angeles area to teach how to make Japanese sushi at home. We only have a partnership with NENOHI CUTLERY CO., which allows us to acquire the best quality cooking knives available. We have been working with them for over two years now. They now sell knives in the U.S. under the NENOX brand name. Due to U.S. Health Department regulations in North America, restaurant chefs will no longer be able to use wooden handles within a year to two. Therefore, we have developed a new kind of knife handle with NENOHI.

It is called the SHIRATSUKA-HOUCHO (a sushi-knife with a white resin grip). We received one in Feb of 2007 and we have been using it ever since. I have personally tested seven of the top brands of Japanese knives with our instructors. Out of all of the knives we tested, we chose NENOHI. NENOHI knives are beautiful, and do a world class job in the kitchen. NENOHI has been selling knives through NENOX in the U.S. for four years already, but they do not sell very many knives here because they are all handmade and therefore quite higher end products. Starting in 2006, NENOHI, in cooperation with SushiTrainer.com, launched a new brand of knives called SUSHIUS. These knives will be associated with SushiTrainer.com, and there are now lower end models which are much more affordable for casual sushi chefs or even home users.

This site is perfect for people who want to know more about sushi, or for those who want to try and make it themselves at home. I would like everyone to try and attend my sushi classes as well. I will tell you something that happened to me in August of 2007 that surprised me very much. I went to a sushi bar called SUSHI-SUSHI in Beverly Hills, California. I went and sat down at the counter with my friend Chef Endo. There was a group of three people, and two other groups each consisting of two people. After watching them eat for a little while, I realized that all of them were very good at using chopsticks, and that they all were eating their sushi correctly and with proper etiquette. This is quite a rare sight at sushi bars in America, so I was utterly shocked.

Even I, with 12 years of experience as a sushi chef, was amazed. I had never seen anything like this. I was encouraged by this scene and, it offered me hope that things were changing with sushi in Los Angeles. These people eating sushi looked like they had come in after a long day of work, and just wanted to enjoy a nice meal. These people had very good manners, and it was clear that they knew what they were doing. They were comparable to some of the best in Japan. Most people that eat sushi in America are totally oblivious to the fact that there are certain rules of etiquette that apply to eating sushi.

According to the Nikkei Times, Americans use on average about 4.5 times more soy sauce on their sushi than Japanese people do. Too many people use too much soy sauce on their sushi. It is a real shame that most people do not even know the correct way to eat sushi, as the use of proper etiquette is not only polite, but also results in a better tasting meal. I would like everyone who studies at SushiTrainer.com to make an effort to learn the correct way to eat sushi. Women especially are looked down upon in Japanese society when they have bad manners, so it is advisable to learn how to eat sushi properly, especially if you plan to do so in Japan someday.

If you use the proper etiquette, it is easy to go into any sushi bar and enjoy a meal without worry of embarrassment. There are also many types of food being served here that are called sushi, but are not truly sushi. Most people do not even know what sushi really is. According to the Nikkei Times, this type of food is simply considered the food of other countries. For all our students who are seriously interested in learning about real sushi, I hope that you will be able to utilize SushiTrainer.com in an effective manner and pay close attention to learning proper etiquette along with all of the other information you will learn about sushi.