Legend tells us that maki sushi, common in the West, first became known in an Edo gambling house in Japan sometime during the eighteenth century, when a gambler desperate to keep his hands on the dice at a craps table demanded that the cook concoct for him a snack that he could munch on with one hand. Following this demand, the cook went into the kitchen and devised the first sushi roll. The inventive cook did this by grabbing tuna scraps and some rice and wrapping the tuna/rice combination with a piece of nori seaweed in the shape of a cigar, thus creating sushi. Being mentioned in Japanese literature for centuries, sushi became a savory dish that displays an array of delicious flavors and traditions. Despite the legend, the origins of sushi are subject to debate; some believe that certain dishes originated in Japan during the ninth century, while others believe it actually began in China during the seventh century. Notwithstanding the time period, sushi has become known as "a food that nourishes the body, enriches the brain, and is a delight to the human eye."


Mangubi, Marina


Art and Art History


Cultural History | Fine Arts


sushi, history, americanization, art form

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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