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Why you shouldn't Instagram your sushiIn a great medium-length read titled “Instagram Is Ruining Sushi in NYC,” Eater recently dove into the colliding cultures of sushi and taking photos of food. Highlighted in the story is the fact that fresh sushi is meant to be eaten right away (within three seconds of being served), and not doing that risks ruining the food and offending the chef. From the story: “There are a few reasons why diners shouldn’t take time to snap a photo of sushi during an omakase, according to chef Mitsuru Tamura of Sushi Yasuda. ‘There is a temperature gap between the rice and the fish,’ he says. ‘That’s the best time to eat.’ Unfortunately, taking that perfect photo often takes longer than three seconds.”

The thesis relates more to an omakase (chef’s choice) sushi experience, like what Ian Livingston wrote about in his story on Ishikawa, Japan. Here’s more on Japan:

Do you take photos of your food before you eat it? What do you think of the practice in general? Share your thoughts in the comments below.



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2 Comments On "Why You Shouldn't Instagram Your Sushi"
  1. Deborah Nitasaka|

    Think about where you take your phone, where you set your phone. When your phone is in your pocket, what else has been in there? Now, think about what is likely living on that thing! Not only do I not handle my phone while eating or preparing food, I don’t permit phones to be set anywhere food is prepared or consumed. It’s not just rude to take pics at the table, it’s filthy (on par with the nasty stuff found on money).

  2. The Barefoot Backpacker|

    Surely it also takes more than three seconds to a) get from chef to you, and b) well … eat!

    So, I don’t buy this pretentiousness.

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