Just watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi at a local indie film theater. As expected, the movie is a foodie geek’s feast of slowmo food porn. The main subject of the documentary, Jiro, is the ultimate sushi geek, who dedicated his life to the art; ever striving for perfection, which he, at 85, still has not reached. The movie is 80 minutes of well-deserved hero worship. But it is the father-son and sibling relationships amongst Jiro and his two sons are more interesting to me.
Jiro dedicates himself to making and perfecting sushi from the age of 9. You don’t see this kind of tenacity from most, and with today’s ADD world, I can’t imagine a youth of today dedicating oneself to mastering one small craft for the rest of one’s life. Maybe in Japan there is still a culture of apprenticeship, but I don’t see it here in the states. We two or three careers are common for Americans.
Both of Jiro’s sons are sushi chefs, born into the business. It must be tough to be born with the burden of having to live up to the greatest living sushi chef ever lived. Luckily I don’t have that sort of pressure; my dad was never successful enough to pass on any trade to me. He only had humble jobs, and in his uneducated immigrant mentality, his only aspiration for me was to work for the US Postal Services.
Choose one thing and focus on it 24/7… for the rest of your life; that is the path to happiness. Not exactly the message of the documentary, but I’d like to think that is the case. I’ve been trying to focus on less lately. There are too many distractions. Just as I had started the blog two years ago and then stopped posting after the couple of initial posts, there just isn’t enough time and dedication to the things that I feel are important. The blog just fell off the priority list.
New focus this summer: Picking up photography again. I’ve been taking pictures since 2007 since I got my DSLR, but in the past few years, I haven’t taken as many pictures as I did the first year I got the DSLR. Upgrading to a mirriorless EVIL camera. Maybe the new rig will get my gear geekery engine going again. Will try to focus on Gay, Asian and Geek themes.