Posted on | October 7, 2012 | No Comments
“The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a literal description does not fully express the deeper meaning. The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness. … The shokunin has a social obligation to work his/her best for the general welfare of the people. This obligation is both spiritual and material, in that no matter what it is, the shokunin’s responsibility is to fulfill the requirement.” – Tasio Odate
Watched “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” – great documentary on craftsmanship & perfection. Jiro Ono, 85 years old & considered the worlds best sushi master, operates his 3-michelin-star, 10-seat restaurant in the basement of a Tokyo-office-building. Inspiring.