New all-female sushi bar challenges male-dominated Japanese sushi industry
Growing up in Tokyo, I never, ever saw a female sushi chef, and my parents used to take me and my sister to eat at sushi bars quite a bit. But now, almost 30 years later, a new restaurant is challenging the sushi industry, and Japanese society as a whole, by only hiring dedicated women.
Nadeshico Sushi is the first and only sushi restaurant in Japan where a customer won't see even one male worker. Located in Akihabara, which is known throughout the world for electronics, maid cafes, and all things otaku, this sushi bar is more than just a gimmick. Because Japan has always been and still is a very patriarchal society, women and men, to this day, have very distinct roles in society. Women are not paid as much as men, even when performing the same jobs, and moving up in the workplace is a lot easier for a man to do than a woman. Though Japanese society is changing, women are still expected to become housewives and mothers while their husbands spend days and nights toiling at the office.
The world of sushi is particularly bound by tradition. Sushi chefs have always been men. Always. They live in a very male-dominated world, one where young men apprentice under their older chef masters, often taking years before they are granted permission to prepare sashimi and sushi for paying customers. The famous Jiro's son from the documentary film Jiro Dreams of Sushi went so far as to proclaim that women were ill-fit to be sushi chefs because they menstruate, and that affects their sense of taste.
In response to these kinds of sexist views and to change the status quo in Japan, Nadeshico Sushi offers customers sushi prepared strictly by women and a sushi bar experience unlike any other. The chefs take their work seriously here, and they're not going to let anybody tell them what they can and can't do.
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Customers loving it
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Specials on the menu (Traditional sushi is of course the main item)
I'm sure they don't approve but who cares