Lorin Recommends: JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI
Taking our recommendations “off road” a bit, I’d like to focus on a film, rather than a book, this week. Specifically, this wonderful documentary about an octogenarian sushi chef, Hiro Ono, whose tiny little hole-in-the-wall sushi restaurant is considered one of the most prestigious in the world.
While it’s awesome to meet Jiro and to absorb his true passion for what he does, what makes this a standout movie is its message about CRAFT in general. This documentary has as much to do with writing or any art form as it does with creating the perfect bite of sushi. It’s about diligence and dedication. About beauty and drive. It’s about caring, passionately, for the difference between how an octopus tastes when it’s been massaged for only a half an hour compared to how it tastes when it’s been massaged for forty-five minutes!
Clearly, one can draw parallels in crafting the perfect sentence or perfect scene. It’s entering, funny, and mouth-watering, but the underlying message about the time it takes to truly master anything worth mastering, is the great takeaway for me.
Check it out if you’re just hungry or hungry for inspiration!