How Sushi Gets from Japan to San Francisco

Getting sushi from Japan to San Francisco requires enormous effort, and results in an incredible odyssey. At the SF restaurant Ju-Ni, diners who may have never been to Japan themselves, pay at least $145 each for a tasting menu that serves 18 or so courses of fish. Most all of it has been flown in from Tokyo’s famous fish market, Tsukiji.

Tsukiji has been called the fish market at the center of the world. Launched in 1935, it’s the world’s biggest fish market, with more than $3.96 billion worth of seafood sold in its last fiscal year. 555 marine wholesale companies compete for the business of supermarkets and restaurants worldwide — including many in San Francisco.

SFGate.com just published an amazing article about how sushi gets from Japan to San Francisco. It’s a long journey, and consequently, it’s a long story. But if you like sushi, it’s well worth reading. There are accompanying photos — and even a video — that help you visualize all that’s involved. To see the entire feature, click here.

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