Where to Find Japanese Female Sushi Chefs in Tokyo and Osaka
In 6 Common Myths about Sushi, I explain that there is a small portion of female sushi chefs in Japan. Bt where are they?
In this post, I’m going to introduce some sushi restaurants where you can find female sushi chefs!
1. Nadeshiko Sushi (なでしこ寿司)
This restaurant is located in Akihabara, Tokyo.
It opened in September, 2010. Since then they have been serving fresh sushi. Their motto is fresh and kawaii (かわいい：可愛い) and they use fresh sashimi from Tsukiji (築地) everyday.
The manager of Nadeshiko Sushi used to work in Sushi restaurant in department store. Although it was franchise (not high-end restaurant) she was not allowed to help sushi chefs.
She questioned the male-dominant system in sushi industry and decided to join Nadeshiko Sushi to be a female chef.
Nadeshiko Sushi only has female employees and they go to Tsukiji to get fresh sashimi. They also choose what kind of sake to serve customers.
They believe that they can serve great food and service just like male sushi chefs.
Below are special rolls. You need to make a reservation to get these.
Address: 3-12-15, Sotokanda, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo 101-0021
Chichibu Denki Building (チチブ電機ビル) 2nd floor
5 minutes from JR Tsukuba Express
3 minutes from Akihabara Station (Tokyo Metro Line)
5minutes from Suehirocyo Station (Tokyo Metro Line)
Phone Number: 03-3254-6661
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Time 11:30a.m.-2p.m. (need reservations)
Dinner Time 5p.m.-10:30p.m. (Last call 10p.m.)
Saturday, Sunday, Holiday
Lunch time 12p.m.-3p.m.
Dinner Time 3p.m.-10:30p.m. (Last call 10p.m.)
2. Sushi Chiharu (鮨 千陽)
This restaurant is located in Fukushima ward, Osaka and famous for a bilingual female chef!
She used to stay in the U.S. when she was a student. The reason she wanted to be a sushi chef was because of a sushi restaurant in the States.
She met a Japanese woman who owned Japanese restaurant in the U.S. and she was affected by the passion of the owner.
Coming back to Japan, she was hoping to work in a Japanese sushi restaurant. She wanted to be a chef not a waitress.
The restaurant has 7 seats in the first floor and 6 seats in the second floor. If you choose 3,500 yen course, you would be seated on the first floor. You would be seated on the second floor if you choose 7,000 yen course. It’s a tiny place so that you MUST make a reservation.
Address: 5-12-14 Fukushima Fukushima ward, Osaka city, Osaka, 553-0003
3 minutes from JR Fukushima Station
Phone Number: 06-6450-8685
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Time 6p.m.-11p.m.
*They will be closing once a month for study session but day is not fixed. Please ask when you make a reservation.
Would you like to try those restaurants I introduced?
I think some Japanese still hesitate to try those because they think sushi chefs should be men.
If I go back to Japan, I’d like to try and see the difference. Does sushi taste great? Do female chefs offer excellent customer service?
I guess they will! And I hope there would be more female sushi chefs in Japan.
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