Documentary: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
POSTED ON : Saturday, 14 September 2013
"Once you decide on your occupation... You must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That's the secret of success... and it's the key to being regarded honorably." - Jiro Ono
I must say, it's really a torture to watch this documentary... when you're on an empty stomach. I was initially hesitant to sit through this hour-and-a-half long video when my bud first told me about it. But it was impossible to stop once I started. You must watch to get what I mean.
In this documentary, Jiro and his son, Yoshikazu, share about the various intricacies to the otherwise simple-looking delicacy. Behind his humble 10-seat sushi bar (3 Michelin stars) - lies years and years of hard work and discipline, immense passion and dedication as well as a relentless pursuit for perfection. All which happens to be the essence of any skill/profession. I especially like how acclaimed food critic, Masuhiro Yamamoto, relates Jiro's philosophy in serving his sushi to a concerto - there is an ebb and flow to his course menu. I am truly inspired by Jiro's drive and there isn't a more beautiful tribute to an artisan and his culture than this documentary.
I guess when you love what you do and have the kind of obsession like Jiro has towards sushi, it becomes a form of expression. An art in which you constantly strive to elevate your craft. You live, breathe and dream (in this case) your passion. At his age of 87, Jiro is still continuously learning and trying to surpass himself. In comparison, it really puts us (youths today) in shame,don't you think? Well, it's definitely time for me to get my shit together. Who's with me?