The Princess of Sushi is Vegan!

7 Feb

I feel that there has been a part of me that doesn’t like to disclose who my father is because I don’t want to ruin my vegan reputation. I realize that it is important to talk about who he is and how that has affected my vegan lifestyle. It’s not like my dad is Charles Manson or anything, though that might be somewhat interesting. My father is a well known sushi chef and restaurant entrepreneur named Nobi Kusuhara. He has a few restaurants called Sushi Sasabune and Sushi Don (by Sasabune).  He was one of pioneers of sushi in America and helped popularize it in the U.S. His style of sushi making can be called strict or traditional. They don’t do California rolls, they don’t do spicy tuna rolls, etc. Among sushi fans, especially in L.A. there is always debate about who came first my dad or another famous sushi chef named Nozawa. The truth is they came up in the business together, both helping each other and arguing with each other at times. You could almost say they were more like a family than anything. My whole life growing up was sushi and the restaurant business. I still help my family out with the restaurant sometimes.

So how did the princess of sushi become vegan? Initially, I was influenced by a boy, but eventually it became my passion. I believe in MY veganism. Keyword being “MY”. I don’t believe that omnivores are evil, I won’t judge people who are eating meat in front of me. Its hard to come to terms with my veganism, yet help out with the family business, but I do my best. I admire and respect my father so very much. He wakes up at 3am to go to the fish market almost every day. He only takes 1 day off a week. He  has worked 20 hour days for almost 40 years. He came to this country the day after graduating high school, with the money in his pocket, to make something of himself. He lives the American Dream. My father belongs on a poster for the immigrant story. The only reason, I am vegan is because my father provided for me, helped with my education, and gave me privilege. Its easier to be vegan when you are privileged. Its easier to get organic vegetables when you are privileged. Its easier to protect animals when you are privileged. I am so thankful to my parents for this.

Now, what do I do? I try to stay true to my veganism. I support the environment as much as I can. I try to raise awareness to those who want to listen. I try to learn as much as much as possible on how I can reduce the negative impact on the environment and all sentient beings. I try to live life respectfully and have much fun as possible!

BTW- calling myself the princess of sushi is kind of an inside joke. My friends who love my dads sushi has always called him the king of sushi.

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3 Responses to “The Princess of Sushi is Vegan!”

  1. John Silver (@BlueLanugo) February 7, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    You are full of contradictions and surprises!

  2. aiball February 7, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Is that good or bad or neither?

  3. Lynn February 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    Also it should be noted that when we were in 4th grade your mom taught me how to use chopsticks, AND she made me eat the delicious sushi your dad made. I think no matter what they are proud of you and your lifestyle. 😀

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