My friend and I visited the fish market in Tsukiji Tokyo. We love shahimi a lot so we planned to join the Fish-cutting lesson. The classroom is just few minutes walk nearby.
Thank you to sensei and Karl for the one hour lesson. Sensei was precise and caring while Karl was funny and considerate for translating the instructions to us. The lesson is full of fun and laughter! During the lesson, we learnt different steps and technical skill for cutting the fish. The procedures of fish cutting was unexpectedly easy to understand although I was not mastering it very well at first. With the present of translator, even doesnt know Japanese, we can learn and cut the slices of sashimi by ourselves. It was full of satisfaction!
We have cut three fishes per person in total. The sashimi takeaway after class was in huge portion and became our great dinner! Besides, it is highly appreciated for the photos sharing from Karl. He took nice photos and videos during the lesson, which have clearly recorded our joy and happiness. We definitely remember this valuable one hour experience forever!
This was a such a wonderful experience!! It was just the three of us - me, my wife and our twenty-one year old daughter. None of us had ever cut a fish before.
We arrived and met Karl, our guide, interpreter and photographer. He introduced us to our Japanese sensei. Karl gave us each an apron. We washed up and stood at our individual stations. Each station had a cutting board, a very sharp Japanese knife and all the other fish cutting/cleaning implements needed for the lesson.
Over the next hour, sensei taught us how to take the whole fish and gut it, skin it, and cut the flesh into sashimi slices. We laughed and we learned. It was a lot of fun!
We each did three fish - two horse mackerels to start and then, once we had a little experience, we cut an amberjack which is a larger fish. None of us had ever done this before but with each fish we got more confident. By the end of the lesson we all agreed that we would be able to do it back home.
I should also mention that at the end of the lesson there was a ton of sashimi. We took a large container with us and had it for dinner that night. It was delicious!!
Karl sent us his photos and videos a few days later. If youre in Tokyo, I highly recommend this class!!!