Since it’s the hiatus for most of the TV series that we have been following, we were able to watch some of the movies that we have downloaded before. 2 weekends ago, we watched this documentary called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I downloaded this because ever since I met Papa Bear, I have already known that I was marrying a Japan-crazed person. He has this deep-seated love for anything Japanese and believes that he was a samurai before during his previous life. We have been planning a trip to Japan but this has never materialized because of a lot of circumstances that happened to us — like getting pregnant, having a baby, Fukushima incident, etc. Since we couldn’t go to Japan, I decided to bring Japan to our place. What better way to do this than with his all-time fave food — sushi! 🙂
This documentary is about the life of Jiro. He owns Sukibayashi Jiro, a Sushi-only, 10-seat only, 3-star Michelin restaurant in Ginza subway. There is a 6 month waiting list for this place and 20 pieces of sushi costs 30,000 yen, around USD$400!!! Pricey. Not even my Japan-crazed hubby was willing to pay this much for the best sushi in the world.
At first, I thought this documentary was all about sushi. More than the art of making sushi as a way of life, it was also all about life. I was able to get a lot of insights and learned a lot of valuable lessons that only experience and people with wisdom could teach. It dabbles on family, culinary as a form of art, work and the complexities of a father-son/boss-employee relationship.
Oh, and did I mention that Jiro is already 85 years old??? Yes, he is 85 and still running his place. As the adage goes, you can do what you love for the rest of your life if it is truly what you love doing. He is touted as the best sushi chef in the world and his success can be attributed to his extreme discipline, focus and passion. This is quite evident in his work and everyday life and he demands nothing less from his sons and staff, too. The documentary will show that just to handle the simple task of cooking the egg or rice, the training he requires for that is 10 years! Other people would’ve probably quit after a maximum of 2-3 years or maybe just from the plain boredom of doing the same thing over and over. This will show you that this man can be quite intense and gives a whole new meaning to the word FOCUS!
If I had one entrepreneurial lesson learned from watching this documentary it would be the art of mastery and dedication. This is something that I would also like to teach my kids – to give their best in whatever they do, and by best I mean 100% concentration, focus, energy and love into their passions. I wouldn’t want them to settle for anything less, and yes, I will let them watch this documentary in the future. May they learn to be as focused and hardworking as Jiro, yet never forget their humble beginnings.
Here’s the official trailer for this documentary. I hope you become as inspired as I was with this story.