International Sushi Day 2019: History and Significance of Day Dedicated to the Traditional Japanese Delicacy
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International Sushi Day is celebrated on June 18 every year. This annual celebration dedicated to the famous Japanese delicacy, Sushi is observed to let more and more people know about the food item. In the last two decades, the traditional Japanese meal has found a lot of recognition and popularity. However, before that, the case wasn't the same. The dish is usually considered to just be raw fish and raw fish, however, you'll know that there is more to sushi than just raw fish and sticky rice. This delicious treat isn't just great on your tastebuds but also has great health benefits.

International Sushi Day 2019 History

The history of International Sushi Day celebration will take you back to south-east Asia. The day celebrates the times when the method of storing and preserving fish for later consumption was more common. Narezushi fish was stored by being wrapped in salted and fermented rice where it used to remain fit for consumption for the longest of times, especially because of the fermentation of the rice. However, when they were eaten finally, the rice was initially thrown away, but now the rice is eaten along with the fish too. The traditional form of sushi came to existence in the Edo Period, between 1600 and 1800AD in Japan.  And for people who think sushi is all about rice and fish,  vegetables wrapped in vinegar rice became quite popular as well.

International Sushi Day 2019 Significance

Sushi takes a lot of time and skill to be prepared and is perfectly delicious and healthy food to consume. However, there are a lot of misconceptions doing the rounds about the food item belittling it to "just rice and raw fish." While sushi needs an acquired taste, it can become your new favourite food once you explore the dish and its different variations. Unlike popular opinion, sushi includes cooked portions and there are various types to it. International Sushi Day gives you an opportunity to explore this cuisine and all it has to offer.

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This sushi day, let's learn more about traditional Japanese cuisine and about the food culture of Japan. Go ahead and try some authentic Japanese sushi today and give your tastebuds the real treat they deserve.