I recently watched David Gelb’s 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi (see the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbV6knbeUFE ). The film focuses on Jiro Ono, owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo. The restaurant is located in the basement of a subway station. It only seats 10 people. It has no bathroom. Despite all of this, reservations are required a month in advance, and a meal starts at about $300(US) a person.
The movie, like Jiro’s sushi, is absolutely beautiful in its simplicity. Slow motion images of sushi preparation are accompanied by Jiro’s japanese voiceover explaining the philosophy that has earned him the reputation as the world’s greatest sushi chef. As I watched the film and read the subtitles, I realized that his ideas are the same practices I see in some of the best educators in schools today. His nuggets of wisdom espouse the ideals that every teacher should apply in the practice and development of their own art.
“Once you decide on your occupation… you must immerse yourself in your work.”
According to Jiro’s oldest son, Jiro is so immersed in his work that even dreams of sushi while he sleeps. Continue Reading…