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Sushi vinegar's history

From early times

Well, actual sushi vinegar was first made when Japanese people started making sushi for their dishes. The start wasnft for nigiri sushi (raw fish on a ball of rice) interestingly, the root of sushi was eNare sushif which was a kind of fermented food (as you can image Japanese people love fermented food). All fermented foods are rich in nutrition having certain bacterias in created during the fermenting process, this was brought from Southeast Asia supposedly. To make nare sushi, what they did was to put some fish in cooked rice and ferment it. In the main land, they used to use veggies or fish or meat or even insects to ferment with cooked rice, the idea was to have a healthy food life with a long life back then. When it came to Japan, it was during the Jomon period (14,000?300 BC) when it happened, it was the time where people were into growing rice so it was very good timing to come. Japanese people loved the idea of having lactic acid bacterium in their normal food life, it lasts for a long time and people get healthy from the power of the lactic acid as itfs good for our bodies. So it became very popular rapidly and it was even used for customs according to records from some shoguns. The Jomon period was one of the defining periods for Japan. it lasted from around 12,000 BC to around 300BC. It was a time where Japan had a hunter gatherer culture and clearly a time that would help to define some of the key defining cooking moments in Japanese history..


By the time the Muromachi era had started in 1392, sushi was starting to show up all over the place. The Muromachi period lasted from 1337 to 1573. It was a time when japan was ruled by the Muromachi and Ashikaga shogunate, (or Muromachi bakufu and Ashikaga bakufu in Japanese). This period was actually made official in 1338 by Ashikaga Takauji, the first Muromachi shogun. This came two years after the Kenmu restoration which lasted from 1333 to 1336 came to an end. The period saw its last days when Oda Nobunaga drove the last Muromachi shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiaki from Kyoto in 1573. The was the 15th and last shogun of the muromachi shogunate. What happened was, it takes a couple of months to get the lactic acid bacterium completed so the rice does not stay the same shape.. so they stopped waiting for such a long time so that they could have nare sushi with the normal rice shape. This is about acid so they started using vinegar instead of the fermented acid, then the boxed sushi was born at that time. As far as we know, this point is the start of sushi vinegar, the time when they started using vinegar instead of fermenting for a few months.

A side story

As a little side story, nigiri sushi was created in the Edo era and it is said that Hanaya Yohei started doing nigiri sushi for short tempered Edo people to serve quickly with his quick making sushi tequiche! They were sold on the street on a stall so it was for commoners but soba and udon noodles were selling for 7 penny for 1 bowl and sushi was selling 6 penny for only one nigiri so to get to be full they would have eaten 5 nigiri at least? For that reason, sushi was expensive back then too as you can imagine. The Edo period lastest from 1603 to 1868. This was one of the defining periods in Japanese history and many of the culture developments made during this period setup many aspects of Japanese culture that are still important to this day. During this time, Japan was governed by the Tokugawa shogunate and the300 daimyo throughout the country. The first shogun of the Edo period was Tokugawa Ieyasu and he established the period on March24th in 1603. The period finished with the Meiji restoration on May 3rd in 1868. The period is most well known for its many cultural developments such as the development and flourishing of ukiyoe, noh and kabuki. It is also well known for the class status that the people lived under, the large economic growth, a government policy of not allowing any foreign people into the county and forest management.


So, similar to nowadays sushi vinegar was existing in the Muromachi era and the product sushi vinegar was sold in 1963. It was a powder style like seasoning condiments and 60 yen for 75 g. The concept was to just sprinkle on the rice and it would be easy to make sushi rice!!! Itfs called eSushinokof and they are still popular globally and you can easily find them in the supermarket everywhere in the world. This sushinoko bloomed hugely because of TV commercials, TV marketing made this product very popular. Well then you can image how sushi vinegar products became so normal for people even though you can easily make it at home with only three ingredients that everyone has got at home: vinegar, sugar and salt. Itfs just a little shortcut for cooking, it doesnft make that much difference but definitely there are less dishes you that have to clean. Thatfs why still itfs selling and popular everywhere in the world.


The conclusion is that as a product, sushi vinegar came in 1963 but sushi vinegar as an ingredient has been around since 1392. Nowadays, it really is just so easy to find sushi vinegar whether you are in a regular supermarkets in Japan or whether you in another country. Nowadays as you may already know, there are many asian grocery stores throughout the world, and sushi vinegar is a product you could easily find in one of them. In fact, itfs so popular that you can now even find it in regular supermarkets in the Japanese food section in many countries. The bottom line is that it's easy to find, easy to use, easy to eat and well, just easy all round so i encourage you to have a go!