A Brief History of Sushi

By Kurt Wilson

A Brief History of Sushi

How did Sushi begin?

Sushi has been around for a lot longer than the first establishment that opened in Liverpool, although not quite in it’s present format. The true origins of Sushi stem from a the second century AD in China, where it was actually used as a method of preserving fish. The fish was wrapped in rice and allowed to ferment, this increased the amount of time the fish would stay edible for. At this early stage, the rice was actually discarded and only the fish was eaten.

Yes, you did read that correctly, it was actually a Chinese invention, but it was The Japanese who developed the concept and started to eat the rice with the fish. It wasn’t until Matsumoto Yoshiichi of Edo (Tokyo) started enhancing the flavour by seasoning the rice in the 17th Century. He in fact went on to start selling his creations and Sushi became a quick eat.

How it has evolved…

At the beginning of the 19th Century a chap named Hanaya Yohei moved Sushi along to to more of the standard you can find in modern Liverpool. Hanaya created Nigiri (finger sushi) as he stopped rolling the rice around the fish and began to place the fish on top.

At that time Sushi was generally served in mini stalls and were designed as a takeaway item or quick eat. This new quick style became ever more popular and particularly became a national favourite after the huge surge of people into Tokyo after the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923.

Here at IZAKAYA we like to keep that fast flowing, relaxed element to our Sushi offering. However we do believe in quality and freshness. So if you are around Liverpool City Centre anytime soon, then please pop in and try some.