Wasabi Stories vol.120: “Fast food can turn into slow food”


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“Fast food can turn into slow food”

Today’s story teller is an author and professor of literature at Keio University, [W:Anna Ogino].

She started with what she heard from her friend who had stayed in Italy.

The friend told her that sushi-go-round is popular in Italy.


Not only in Italy, but Sushi is broadly known in the world.

For example, in France, sushi-go-round is considered smarter, so it may be the same in Italy.


“It is surprising that the customers take two hours to eat at sushi-go-round. It is said seeing sushi going round is their eye pleasure.”


Although sushi go round, customers don’t go round. They often wait for an hour to get in.

Originally, Edomae (“Tokyo Front”: fish is caught in Tokyo Bay) sushi was fast food started as stands, and Japanese sushi-go-round is close to the origin in the sense of eat and go.

To start the subject, this sushi-go-round example tells that fast food can be slow food in different countries and cultures, and it is not just about food.


In the documentary she saw on TV, it focused on two young American gang members for three years.

One of the two continued drag dealer and the other one became a cell phone salesman.

The salesman said that there are two types of money, fast money and slow money.

Fast money causes trouble and slow money needs time to earn but you take time to think how to use it.

His word impressed Ogino. She said that his money talk is a good remark.

Meanwhile, the drag dealer couldn’t understand the salesman’s thought, saying what can you make by working all day to sell one cell phone?


Ogino’s word,

“Even between two people in the same group in the same country, a cultural difference occurs. When I start thinking which side I belong, my head can’t stop spinning.”


The NIKKEI Oct/26/2009  by Anna Ogino (author)



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