How the Popularity of Sushi Has Impacted on the Earth
Although some of publications accredit Hanaya Yohei for originating the contemporary
Sushi culinary between 1810 and 1858 in Japan, other sources indicate that indigenous Sushi
dishes had been prepared as early as the 1330s (Lowry xii). This Japanese delicacy is made by
cooking vinegared rice with seafood, varied types of vegetables, and tropical fruits. Any of the
ingredients can be interchanged except the rice which remains the identity of the Sushi dish.
Today, the preparation of Sushi has diversified with different cultures merging the original
ingredients with local pastries to come up with varieties like Inarizushi, Makizushi, Hosomaki,
Narezushi, Nagirizushi, Oshizushi, Uramaki, Koban-gata, Tawara-gata, and Funa-gata among
many others (Lowry 9-13). Markedly, the Sushi culinary trends have also spread across all
continents and affected eating habits in major world cities. On a global scale, the popularity of
Sushi has spread out to create a new, healthy, and sustainable food culture with an overwhelming
economic impact in major global food markets including Canada, Japan, Australia, Spain, China,
the Bahamas, and the United States of America.
As expressed by Issenberg, the Sushi revolution in the North American food culture is the
most outstanding with overwhelming evidence of acceptance and ultimate adoption into daily
lifestyles (81). Before 1960, a few types of Sushi dishes existed in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles
and created minimal impacts on non-Japanese origins. Most attitudes were against the food and
considered it backward and uncivilized. The greatest impact to the early spread of Sushi dished
in America came in the 1960s when many Japanese professionals traveled to the United States to
pursue careers (Carroll 454). Many reasons are responsible for the acceptance of Sushi after
1960. However, the most prominent ones relate to cost, healthiness, attractiveness and an
emerging diet craze that left many Americans yearning for Sushi delicacies (Issenberg 97).