Something Smells Fishy


Sophia Swanson, Writer

Did you know that sushi originated in southern China? Sushi was a result of preserving fish and salt before the refrigerator. Chinese travelers introduced sushi to Japan as early as the 3rd century BCE. It was introduced in the US by Japanese immigrants in 1906. The first sushi restaurant in the United States was in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.


In Japan sushi rolls are called makizushi. The first sushi roll was invented by Hanaya Yohei in Japan in the 1820s. In 1824, Mr. Yohei opened the first sushi stall in the Ryogoku district of Edo, Japan. Rolls later gained popularity especially in the U.S. However they started out as a side menu item. In the U.S. the California roll is one of the most popular rolls, but in Japan it is nonexistent. 


Not all sushi is raw fish. For instance for those that don’t like raw fish you can eat it with cooked eel, shrimp, and eggs. The Dragon Roll is for eel lovers because it is an ‘inside out’ sushi roll which has nori (seaweed) , rice and eel. The Kryptonite roll is spicy cooked crab, scallop, and avocado. Finally, the Popcorn Zarigani roll, which is spicy tuna topped with cooked craw fish. 


There are many types of sushi. In fact there is something for everyone. Next time you want something different give sushi or sushi rolls a try!