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A Complete Sushi Guide in One Picture

Sushi First Time in Japan

Japanese food has become increasingly common outside of Japan. Those abroad who get the craving have also discovered that it’s pretty easy to find a Japanese restaurant in their town. Some sushi novices, however, don’t know where to begin. But have no fear: simply sit back and get ready to scroll through Sushi 101!

Although this infographic focuses on some “Americanized” sushi, there is still plenty of good information on the chart from styles of sushi to sushi etiquette; even the most experienced sushi diner may learn something here. The first section tells you all about very popular roll-style sushi in America; the next set of information deals with the numerous ways fish and rice are usually combined.

Following the different kinds of sushi, you need to know about the ingredients commonly used. Although sushi certainly uses the eight ingredients found in the picture, a true sushi connoisseur should also add sake (salmon), maguro (tuna) and ika (squid) to their vocabulary. Another fun tidbit is that while unagi is a freshwater eel, there is also a saltwater eel that is popular called anago.

Next are some helpful hints when eating at a Japanese restaurant. The sushi "dos and don’ts" they point out are definitely handy! And finally, there are the five facts about sushi that our readers may be surprised to learn. See the full graphic below!

Sushi and Japanese food in general isn’t something you should be afraid of, and hopefully this helpful infographic has given you the confidence to go out and try some if you haven’t already. The cuisine is a national treasure and people around the world should be able to taste it. Now get your eating face on and hit the closest sushi bar!

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