Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Last Friday GC (software engineer) on his way to work was listening to a podcast. During the program a video “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” was recommended for the audience. When GC arrived at work he sent me an email suggesting the documentary.

Saturday afternoon I had time to watch the video on Netflix. It is a documentary based on the life of Jiro Ono, 85 year old sushi master who owns a 10-seat restaurant in Tokyo who has two services a day; lunch and dinner charging $300 per customer. There is no menu or appetizers. You have to make reservations months in advance to have the opportunity to consume such sushi. Ono’s restaurant is the only sushi restaurant in the world awarded 3 Michelin stars.

I am not going to go into details regarding the video. If interested, you can watch the documentary on your computer or TV. The audio for the documentary is in Japanese but has English subtitles for those of us who do not speak Ono’s language (sadly but I am included in such group). The documentary lasts 1h 22m so make sure you have the time available when you sit down to view it.

So what is the relationship between a sushi master and computer science that motivated both GC and me to send a message and to write a post in this blob? The answer is none. The relationship is on the values and passion from a person that has little formal education (I am not sure if master Jiro Ono graduated from high school or equivalent) but has the best work ethics that I have been made aware in a long time. Master Jiro Ono is a dedicated person that has passion for what he does and the results show.

I was born in Peru from Italian immigrants. My parents were born in Italy. My parents spoke Italian at home until I was about 4 years old. At that time they switched to Spanish (that the official language in Peru). I attended a private school run by Americans. We had to speak English while in school and most of the subjects were taught by Americans in English. The magazines and books I read were typically written in English.

My father mentioned on multiple occasions that an individual does not need complete knowledge of all things to be successful in life. As I learned with time, that is an impossible feat. Glad that we now have the Internet readily available in which we are able to search at any time for facts about any possible subject one can imagine. Thy dad use to say that a person does not need to develop a complete car, or engine. What a person has to do is to produce the best components such as seats, gear, transmissions, etc (you get the point) in the world. Others will use such parts to build the best automobiles (or complete products). I believe such mentality came from having grown up in small cities and towns in Europe.

Master Jiro Ono has and continues to improve on the art of preparing sushi using the best ingredients and methods in order to achieve perfection. His life so far is an excellent example of great passion and dedication to his work. I believe we all should be able to learn a thing or two from the documentary and put them into practice no matter what we do for a living.



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