A great friend of mine recommended this documentary called “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” Personally, I love watching documentaries because they tell significant stories out of normal everyday life. Plus, I was drawn to watching this film because it’s about an 85-year old Michelin-star sushi master in his quest to perfect the art of sushi. There’s something about watching artisans or masters of their own craft that thrills me. Will there also come a time that I will be a master of my own craft and set a high standard internationally?
“Once you decide on your occupation, you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success and is the key to being regarded honorably.” -- Jiro Ono, Master Sushi Chef
These words move me during the first part of the film. I have always wondered what road to take in my life and what particular field I really want to be good on. But for Master Jiro, he sets an example for everyone as he has mastered a particular field on which he has dedicated his entire life. That is a life full of meaning and well lived.
Even if Jiro’s skills are unparalleled by anyone else, he thinks that he hasn’t perfected anything yet. He keeps on improving and relentlessly works hard every single day. The film shows clips on the perfectionist process of Jiro’s sushi making. You’ll be amazed at the finesse and grace of Jiro and his apprentices in serving sushi that is considered to be the best in the world.
“Always look beyond and above yourself. Always try to improve on yourself. Always strive to elevate your craft. “ – Jiro’s words to his son, Yoshikazu
Master Jiro, you have made an impact on me just by watching you in this documentary. You have made me realize that working on my craft is not just about the money, but also in the continuous improvement of my skills, which will make a difference in this world. Kudos!