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It's week 3 of KCET Spring Cinema Series and our question of the week is:

What is the literal translation of the word "sushi"?

Chef Ono

Answer in the comment section (below the post) for an opportunity to attend March 13th screening of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a documentary about Jiro Ono, an 85-year old sushi artist. Considered by many to be world's greatest sushi chef, Jiro has dedicated his life to perfecting the art of creating a sushi masterpiece. The film explores Ono's obsession with his craft and how it impacts the relationship with his sons. Whether you're a sushi aficionado or a novice, watching the film on an empty stomach is not recommended - you'll be running to the nearest sushi restaurant before the film is over.

After the screening stick around for the Q&A with director David Gelb

Director David Gelb

Film Reviews:

NPR: "..Perfection, Carefully Sliced"

New York Times: "Riveting.."
Huffington Post " When food is art"

Check out complete schedule for KCET Spring Cinema Series 2012 here

KCET Spring Cinema Series takes place at the gorgeous theater of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (5220 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood).


"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy


Previewing 'Damsels in Distress'

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It means snack!!!! Is this where you submit your answer to win the tickets???



Yes, this is where you submit an answer. A winner will be announced on Monday, good luck!

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Sushi literally means rice with vinegar, or vinegar rice.


Sushi comes from a phrase "it's sour".


Sushi literally translates to "sour-tasting."


The literal translation of sushi is "it's sour" or "oh, sour!" This translation refers to the sour taste of the rice as a result of the fermentation process once used many centuries ago in order to preserve the fish and break down it's amino acids, resulting in an umami flavor. The rice used to ferment it had to be discarded because of it's strong sour taste. Eventually, vinegar was added to the fermentation process which improved it's flavor, subtly accentuating the sourness of the rice, enough that it could be eaten with the fish. Currently, we don't think "sour" when we eat sushi, so the literal translation of the term is outdated and so here ends the most obnoxiously long explanation of a word people mostly associate with "raw fish" or sadly, "ew! raw fish!"