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2 Michelin Star Sushi

March 25, 2016

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Hi everyone!

So, this week’s Food Adventure Program is a bit shorter than usual. We planned on filming something else, but realized that we had some nice looking footage from a night out we had with friends, and even though it’s not our regular kind of video, we still wanted to share it. I hope you find it as pretty as we found it delicious!

If you’ve been with us for a while, you might remember last year when we spent A Week in Punta Cana for our friend’s wedding. Well, their one year anniversary was coming up, and they were in Tokyo visiting, so we all went for Sushi Kanesaka. We’ve never been before, but a friend of ours who eats at the best places in Japan highly recommended it. I’m glad we trusted him, because this place was AMAZING!

It’s not like the place we went to for the Best Sushi in Japan. Well, it is a sushi place, of course, and a really good one at that, but it has some differences. That place, for starters, wasn’t Michelin Starred, I don’t think. It did, however, serve more food. We ate until we couldn’t eat anymore. At this place, we were not overwhelmingly stuffed, which is a good thing, I think. Also, there were no pieces that I didn’t like here, while the first place we went to, while still overwhelmingly amazing, had a couple of pieces that I could have done without. This place, though, was just perfect start to finish. I’ll say, though, that this felt like less of a magical experience. The first place we went to was a lot quieter, and everyone working there seemed very reverential. At this place, the chef was laughing, had a great attitude, and made some jokes. We asked him how long until the chefs in the back can start cutting fish, and he said 100 years. We all had a good laugh at that.

The prices were both pretty steep. The first place we went to was $250 a person, while this place was $300 a person. Yep. $300 a person. It’s not something we could eat regularly, I don’t think, not just because we’d go broke, but because having a meal like this is something you remember for the rest of your life. You cherish it. If you have it regularly, it’s no longer special to you. These two sushi places we’ll remember forever, while a sushi train place we might not keep as dearly in our hearts.

Also, this place had a customer that just would not shut the fuck up about Bernie Sanders. This girl walked in talking, and talked at her two friends for two hours straight and I swear I don’t even know if she ate anything or if she did she must be a ventriloquist because how can you chew and swallow and never stop talking. And I like Bernie Sanders and would vote for him if I was American but gottamn it I can’t listen about him for that long sweet mercy! That’s why a lot of the video was muted. The first place, on the other hand, did not have such an arse talking the whole time.

So that’s it for this small video! I hope you liked it. We’re heading off for our first travel video in Japan over the weekend. Exciting! Now to get to packing for it :D

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  1. At least she didn’t go on and on about Justin Trudeau.

    FYI (For Y’all’s Information), Michelin stars come out of Michelin Red Guides which are mainly for road travelers; 1 star means “really good”, 2 stars means “take a detour” and 3 means “make it your destination”.

    Kanesaka dropped to one star in the current Red Guide. That still means it’s worth stopping at, according to Michelin. Also in the one-star category this year, the first-ever starred ramen shop, Tsuta in Sugamo, Tsukiji ward.

    For a Michelin 2-star restaurant, there’s Narisawa, but maybe instead of going (dinner about $260 US per plate) you could just watch the first episode of “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having” (from PBS in the US), where Phil Rosenthal (creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and apparently PBS’s answer to Anthony Bourdain) has some very artfully created food.

    4 years ago
  2. Hey Simon and Martina, i am going to japan very very soon and planning my trip. i was wondering hat is the best way to see Tokyo and plan for a 8-9 day trip. I am looking at your vids and others experience in japan. please help, i am so terrible in planning and overwhelmed with so much info. Help!!

    4 years ago
  3. Just a note to say thank you. The videos are wonderful. I get to know more about Japan and learn more English by watching them and reading the blog. Killing two birds with one stone. Thanks again for sharing your happy moments with us.

    4 years ago
  4. Hi Simon and Martina, I went to Sushisho Masa based on your video with my family and we loved it. I will definitely make a mental note of this place to try. Thank you for sharing!

    4 years ago
  5. You two bring me so much joy. Sometimes one person’s ugly comment can stick in your craw when a thousand other people have said how much you are loved, for some reason the one ugly comment lingers.
    Thank you for making me smile every single time I watch one of your videos.
    Thank you for sharing your life with me even though you don’t know me.
    Thank you for reminding me to dream.
    Thank you for reminding me to not just dream but live it.
    Thank you for being an example of what a loving relationship really is.
    Thank you for the fun and laughter.
    Thank you for having the courage to put yourselves out there.
    Sending you both a big hug from Fort Worth and looking forward to sharing in your next adventure.

    4 years ago
    • Ah, I’m sorry you had to read an ugly comment. Angry people want to spread their anger in happy places sometimes. And it’s always a reflection of themselves and the issues they have in their own lives, rather than a representation of the happy places they want to thrash.

      Thank you for watching, thank you for sticking with us, and I hope we can keep on making videos that make you smile. And, with a bit of luck, maybe we can get some of those angry people to feel a little less grouchy in the future :D

      4 years ago
  6. That looks so good.

    4 years ago
    • Hey,

      I think we can both agree that you were trying to mask rudeness as criticism, and throw in bunch of insults. Yes, I do know the difference between being constructive and being insulting, and I’m sure you do too.

      Please don’t make the comment section here uncomfortable for other people. You have your dark corner of the internet where you can gather to be angry and obsessive. Don’t do it here, please :)

      4 years ago
      • Thank you for the coolheaded reply. I flew off the handle when I read the paragraph about another customer being loud. My apologies for being too rude rather than constructive. The video was good and you handled yourselves well there much like you do in most of your videos outside of Japan. I’ve just been living here for going on 5 years and I’m angry, not at you, but at those around you who aren’t making sure the little things you two do are ok. This is a beautiful place, and it can become really dark really fast if you have to go back and relearn something linguistic or cultural. It stings even more when you see that your misuse of a word, or the clothes you were wearing, or the way you showed your feelings in public kept you from making a good, genuine connection with a person or group. It stings especially hard when someone you thought was helping you was too embarrassed to tell you what you were doing wrong.

        And to everyone else: No I definitely don’t expect fluency or conformity, especially after only two months. I’m not even close to fluency in Japanese after 5 years. That comment was more about those people letting them go through their lives with the wrong information. No good friend, boss, coworker, or teacher allows someone to repeatedly practice mistakes and then publishes those mistakes to a huge audience. It makes people in the know go “wtf are those two doing?!” It’s because Martina and Simon (ladies first) are the ones on camera that they’ll get the flack. Their Japanese-British friend %#^*~?! needs to help them out with the little things like ordering food with ~をお願いします (–wo onegaishimasu) instead of いただきます (itadakimasu).

        4 years ago
        • Ah, it wasn’t ____ who told us how to order incorrectly. It was another friend. Don’t blame ___. He’s doing a lot to help us make the videos we dream of making :)

          Also, I’m not afraid to make mistakes on the Internet. We’re not perfect. Our lives aren’t perfect. We’re learning, we’re stumbling, we’re making mistakes along the way. And when we do make mistakes, nothing helps you learn faster than the Internet rushing to tell you how wrong you are. They’ll also tell you how stupid and ugly you are while they’re at it, but you learn how to sift through that and get nuggets of truth from time to time :D

          4 years ago
    • Wow wow!! As for someone living in Japan for five years and studied Japanese, you are straight to point insulting. I don’t speak the language well and infact in the process of learning. I did go to school to study but now decided to learn by myself and enjoy the culture at the same time. i am half japanese and half filipino and was born in Japan.
      And i have met many different types of people here and never have I encountered someone think like that. Plus Soozee and Leigh had time to prepare before Simon and Martina went to Korea so IDK WTF is your effin issues. It’s their life deal with it. And they have been in Japan for like what a month or two and you expect them to speak the language? There are tons of foreigners here that have been staying for years and haven’t even learned how to speak the language properly. In my opinion Simon and Martina are just showing the world through their own eyes if you don’t like it then go to another bloggers.

      4 years ago
    • I agree with Starie… you need to get off your high horse. Would you ever put down someone whose English was clearly their second language? My grandmother was Japanese, went to college as an English major, and moved to America in her 20s and she would still mispronounce ‘mint’ as ‘meat’. Theres a lot of variation in how people speak that you dont seem to accept but you shouldn’t think wrong of Simon and Martina just because they dont fit into your perfect little mold of how people should speak their second or third language. But to me Simon and Martina’s experiences so far in Japan have been just as fresh and eye opening as in Korea… maybe it’s you who has changed?

      4 years ago
    • I don’t know how in the world you would say any of that is constructive criticism (and a mocking user name doesn’t help your case); it was flat out and deliberately mean. Simon and Martina are doing them, in Japan. You are asking them to conform to Japan rather then them just being respectful, but of which they are doing quite well. Are they going to make mistakes, sure, everyone is not perfect but what you say they’ve mad mistakes on is extreme nitpicking. I’m not sure where you got this idea that all foreigners had to be completely Japanese; that’s not how it works, and not how they see it either. Many Japanese people find foreigners refreshing and appreciate the culture differences. But even so, they are showing Japan through their eyes, showing us things that they love about Japan in regards to the culture. There is nothing wrong if they want to show us the “whacky weird ZOMG LOLOL fantasy anime land” side to Japan. Don’t know if you ever been to Japan but, there is some things there I would use those words exactly to describe it. I don’t know what made you say all of what you did but I think it’s really sad to bash them for not speaking a language perfectly (and to think them living in Korean, where they speak Korean would make them learn Japanese 100x faster, just not sure where you got that idea). I’ve been speaking Japanese for years and I still get corrected and even mess up on the simple things, hey I even do it in my native language. You will always be learning and growing in life, and being humble about it is key to having a happy life. This is why I love Simon and Martina so much because they don’t have a pedestal they stand on. I mean, really, just come off it. Your comment is so negative and hurtful I would only assume you have some shit going on in your own life so why don’t we just stop the act; understand that no one is perfect and everyone is going to make mistakes and learn. I think Simon and Martina are doing a great job at creating a positive atmosphere with experiencing a different part of culture, even with them making mistakes. Kudos Simon & Martina. Don’t let this get you down. Also, you guys make sushi taste good xD

      4 years ago
    • Woof, way to be harsh with your “constructive criticism”. Not everyone can figure everything out in two months and speak the language super well. While I agree with some of your points you seem more angry and passive aggressive at them than constructive. I think your comment could “tone it down” a little.

      4 years ago
    • This comment is just rude to Simon and Martina, and I am honestly amazed that one of their fans would word “constructive criticism” like this. I personally don’t think that you can tell whether or not they’re being loud just from watching their videos since good microphones usually make people sound louder than they actually are, and since you don’t know what kind of place they’re in to being with, and if it’s okay for them to be a bit louder in that place. It’s much worse to be loud on the bus than it is in an izakaya for example – they’ve even addressed this issue in one of their Eat Your Sushi episodes, where they said that they’ve become much quieter from being in Japan and seeing how people are on the buses etc. And even IF they’re being too loud that’s something they’ll learn not to be with time, and no one will care how long it takes them since most Japanese people are pretty okay with gaijins not being 100 % like them anyway. It’s not something you can rush with such an inconsiderate comment. I also don’t agree with you saying that they don’t respect the culture, as Martina and Simon are some of the most open people I’ve seen on youtube. Have you seen how some of the J-vloggers you tell them to learn from talk about Japan? I certainly don’t think so.

      About their language skills: they came to Japan because they wanted to experience the country while Martina is in as little pain as possible, and that’s not really something you can do if you have to worry about going to school to learn the language first. Also, I think that they’re doing pretty darn well already. Sure, their pronunciation might not be the best, but who cares? Heck, they’ve learnt a whole (two, maybe?) alphabet already, and that is, in my opinion, commendable.

      Ps. They said that they don’t want the nasties writing Sozee and Leigh up all the time asking about Simon and Martina, because eyk is now a closed chapter of their lives and they want to do something new. Them opening a youtube channel has nothing to do with anything, and certainly doesn’t make Simon and Martina “liars”. I really do hope you word your next piece of constructive criticism better, or, you know, at least change your username from “WtfAreYouTwoDoing” to something more decent.

      4 years ago
  7. I 100% would not have minded the girl talking about Bernie the whole time…I would probably have joined them lol. BUT I also know how annoying and obnoxious it is to hear someone yap away for what seems like days right in your fucking ear so you can hear every. single. word.

    4 years ago
  8. Good lord this looks amazing. I think $300 is well worth food like this. Definitely not something to do that often–this is like a once year foodtasmagoria. //sigh// So jealous.

    4 years ago
  9. Sushi… oishiso…

    Hmm…Michelin starred restaurants are something I want to try, but at the same time I dont. Maybe its the curse associated with it…

    4 years ago
  10. It looks fantastic, but I’d never be able to justify spending that much money on food. That’s just me though.

    4 years ago
  11. Such care and precision! Looks delicious!

    4 years ago
  12. Wow, I would have told those people to shut up. I mean I love Bernie, but you’re paying $300 not just for the food, but the whole experience. Btw my boyfriend and I are totally going out for sushi after this. Then we are going to complain that it’s not as good as what you ate. Haha. Someday, we shall fly to Japan to have delicious suuuushi!!

    4 years ago
  13. Ahh watching your video reminded me of how amazing sushi is in Japan (T.T)
    When I was in Tokyo, I went to a sushi place called Ichibancho Teruya, it was around 300 dollars per person. But the sushi was really good and the chef usually finishes it off with a nice home made dessert! Also, if you ever go to Osaka, make sure to check it a really nice sushi place called Jinen, their cooked sushi is definitely worth the trip to that place (^_^)

    4 years ago
  14. You guys got me hungry and its 10pm here in the Philippines. hahaha :) food looks delish though. You guys are really my inspiration for me and my hubby getting back together. I ended up spending my holiday today just watching your videos.

    4 years ago
  15. Watching you guys eat is always a pleasure and makes me want to try it too (^_^)
    Did you have to make a reservation well in advance or were you able to get in on relatively short notice?
    I haven’t had such luxurious sushi yet, but I am still searching for a place for a special occasion :)

    4 years ago