September 26, 2023

Sushi represents a delicate balance of tradition and innovation, capturing the essence of Japanese culinary artistry and craftsmanship. Its enduring appeal lies in its exquisite flavours, visual beauty, and the cultural heritage it carries forward from centuries past.

The beloved delight has a rich and fascinating history that dates back centuries. The origins of sushi can be traced back to ancient Asia, where preservation techniques were used to keep fish fresh for consumption.

The concept of sushi as we know it today first emerged in Japan during the Muromachi period (1336-1573). During this time, sushi was a fermented food prepared by placing fish between layers of rice and allowing it to ferment for months. The rice was discarded, and only the preserved fish was consumed.

A New Innovation:

In the early 17th century, a major culinary breakthrough occurred with the introduction of vinegar. A chef named Hanaya Yohei started using vinegar-infused rice as a preservative, allowing for a shorter fermentation period and a milder taste. This innovation led to the development of ‘nare-zushi’ which resembled the sushi we enjoy today.

During the 19th century, the Edo period marked a significant turning point in sushi’s history. Street food stalls and sushi carts became popular in Edo (now Tokyo), making sushi more accessible to the masses.

It was during this time that ‘nigiri-zushi’ was invented. Nigiri-zushi is the style where a small mound of vinegared rice is topped with a piece of raw or cooked fish, creating a harmonious balance of taste and textures.

In the early 20th century, sushi experienced a transformation with the advent of refrigeration techniques. This allowed sushi to be enjoyed without the need for fermentation, leading to the emergence of ‘sashimi’ — thinly sliced raw fish served without rice.

Sushi gained international recognition in the mid-20th century when Japan’s post-World War II economic growth facilitated increased travel and cultural exchange. Sushi restaurants began to flourish worldwide, adapting to local tastes and preferences.

In recent years, sushi has continued to evolve, incorporating modern techniques and innovative ingredients. Creative variations such as ‘fusion sushi’ blending Japanese flavors with international cuisine have gained popularity.

Today, sushi has become a global phenomenon, beloved by people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

A Salthill Delight:

Here in Galway, Osaka Japanese and Korean BBQ restaurant in Salthill offers the finest Japanese and Asian cuisine. Using only the freshest ingredients, their menu includes delicious Hot Pot, Donburis, Currys, Sushis, Noodles and Wok Stars.

Osaka Japanese and Korean BBQ restaurant in Salthill has partnered with your locally owned delivery company to bring you the best Japanese and Asian cuisine. You can view the full menu by logging on to

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