Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This rather wonderful documentary was recommended to me nearly four years ago, when I visited Japan. 

With the hustle and bustle of family and working life I’d forgotten it; but thanks to the digital traces we leave everywhere, I re-found it the other day. 

I hardly ever watch TV and never have time to watch a film alone. But I consumed this in four (sushi-sized) chunks on my iPhone over this weekend. 

Jiro has made sushi for more than 70 years: and lives, works and dreams of nothing else.

It is Japan – its culture of craft and specialisation and seeking perfection – in a nutshell; or an eggshell given the 10 year of apprenticeship Jiro expects before you are allowed near the eggs…

Say it with pictures

Is there anything more naff than emojis? I’d always thought they were about the lowest form of communication known to man. But…

I was wrong. Perhaps it’s my recent trip to Japan – but saying it in pictures sometimes says it better than words.

This was my week:

๐Ÿ“ฅ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“ฏ๐Ÿ“จ๐Ÿ“ค๐Ÿšœ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐ŸƒโŒš๏ธ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒ›๐Ÿ”™๐Ÿ”œโ‰๏ธ

Probably only one other person in the world truly knows what this means. But the laughter we shared on opposite ends of mobile phones puts emojis on a par with poetry.

As Aristotle almost said, perhaps sometimes the job of the poet is to say something transcendent and universal about the human condition – in no more or less emojis than are needed…