History of Sushi
Eventually this fish preservation technique made its way to South China, before arriving in Japan around the eighth century. That’s right, more than 1,000 years ago – we’re talking ancient food here!
Fast forward a few hundred years to the Muromachi period in Japan (14th – 16th century), where the ancient narezushi was replaced by namanare, which means semi-fermented. Namanare was partly-raw fish that was wrapped in rice and consumed fresh before it changed flavors. This sushi was no longer simply a way to preserve the fish, but rather a new dish in Japanese cuisine.
In 1923, the Great Kanto earthquake devastated Tokyo and, as a result, many nigirizushi chefs were displaced throughout Japan, spreading sushi throughout the country. By the late 20th century, sushi had spread worldwide. With its increasing popularity, sushi has evolved into several variations that are usually found in the Western world, but rarely in Japan. These variations were initially inspired by the creation of the California roll to suit the Western palate.
And that’s where the story ends…for now.