Creating sushi is an art form that has been practiced beautifully by itamae of many different backgrounds for many years. Unfortunately, it is a field that many women have struggled in within their home country. This is because many of the more old fashioned diners in Japan are reluctant to accept a woman as a sushi chef. The theory is that women, with their hotter passions, have warmer hands, and are therefore unable to handle raw fish without cooking it.
Of course, this theory is entirely absurd, and not just because slight differences in the heat of a human hand is unlikely to have much of an effect on raw fish. Science has actually demonstrated that men’s hands are generally slightly warmer. So, when you dine at our Japanese restaurant in Seattle, don’t be surprised if your food is prepared by a female itamae!