“Always look ahead and above yourself. Always try to improve on yourself. Always strive to elevate your craft. That’s what he taught me.” – Yoshikazu Ono
Thanks to Jesse & Kelly for bringing this to my attention.
This poster may sum up the essence of this amazing film:
The simplicity and profundity of life’s lessons are made visually and palatably pleasing in this film on Jiro Ono, his restaurant, his 75 year passion for and dedication to sushi, and his sons and apprentices. Simple things like “love your work,” and “never reach perfection,” and “constant improvement” are woven through the context of a sushi restaurant that only seats 10 people. There is artistry, intensity, humanity, discipleship, and a scosh of drama. The downside? Every sushi restaurant you ever eat at after watching this film is going to leave you depressed and disappointed.
A few things that stuck out to me.
As with the 10,000 hour rule, so goes the decades long perfection of craft in the apprentices. One apprentice took over 200 tries at making the egg sushi before he got it right. Persistence.
Jiro also discussed how he trains his sons more strictly because of their future. Jiro discusses how parents tell their children stupid things these days like, (and I’m paraphrasing), “If it doesn’t work out, you can come back home.” That, according to Jiro, doesn’t set them up for success. Love.
As you would expect, there is the discussion of overfishing and the balance of profits and sustainability. Care.
Depending upon circumstances, you may only eat for 15 min., at that one setting. Starting at 30,000 yen per meal, that makes it perhaps one of the most expensive restaurants in the world. Customers say it’s worth it.
Perhaps the most astounding part for me was the scene in which they are serving a full course to all 10 seats in the house, and the food critic explains to the guests that Jiro pays more attention to them than they do to Jiro. Sushi portions are adjusted per customer (male/female) so that the everyone can complete their meal together, all without getting disproportionately full. If you’re left-handed, Jiro will plate the sushi accordingly to make it simpler for you. Service.