Friday’s film night proved to be quietly epic. We watched “Oh! Sushi,” Toshimi Ono’s documentary about the origins of the B.C. roll. Things I learned: 1. There are 580 sushi restaurants in Vancouver. Although, a recent Vancouver Sun article claims there are over 600. 2. Turns out no one knows who invented the B.C. roll. 3. In the 1970’s sushi was simple because it was impossible to obtain many varieties of fish. 4. Being a traditional sushi chef in Japan requires a 10 year apprenticeship. 5. Watching a film about sushi makes you hunger for sushi.
The documentary focused on Hoshi-san, a traditionally trained sushi chef working at the Sandbar on Granville Island. Once the film was over, well, we had to go for sushi. If you’ve watched “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” same dynamic. Ray’s studio is close to Granville Island, so we all walked down to the Sandbar. It was pretty cool/weird turning the corner and there is the little sushi shop, exactly as we had just seen it on the screen. Talk about breaking the fourth wall, it was like stepping right into the film. Hoshi-san did not disappoint, the sushi was to his usual high standards and he was a delightful and friendly as he seemed in the film.
I took a shot of us watching the film which happens to capture Hoshi-san on camera using a large wooden container to cool sushi rice. By absolute serendipity, I took a shot of the exact same thing first hand in the actual restaurant. I assume Dan, the Director of Photography, and I had some kind of mind meld.