Like a lot of people around the globe, meat makes up a considerable part of my diet. Whether we’re talking delicious steak, a pepperoni pizza or a McDonald’s order so large it can only be described as presidential, the carnivore life is a widely-accepted way of life all over the Western world.
One of the key facets of being a carnivore, I think, is the fact that the meat has come from an animal that has been long dead. Unlike other carnivores such lions, owls or wolves, we don’t chase down a vole or a gazelle and take a bite from their still warm bodies, instead choosing to bake, fry or grill our carcasses for maximum enjoyment.
There are, of course, exceptions to this rule. Some people enjoy their beef tartare, while sushi is one of those foods eaten cold, and often raw. It’s generally okay to do this with seafood, and unless you’re eating a live octopus like in the movie Oldboy, you can expect to see your food stay exactly where it is most of the time.
Emphasis on most of the time: as these diners at Sushiro (a conveyor belt sushi location in Japan) found out, having your sushi stay still on your plate isn’t always a given.
They were enjoying a nice selection of hokkigai (surf clam) sushi known as iki hokkigai, the iki portion referring to ikizukuri, where the sushi topping is prepared on the premises using live seafood. It looked not only delicious, but fresh too as well. But as you can see in this video, probably a little too fresh.
— ブッチー (@shoumizo3446) February 11, 2018
As one of the surprised diners (Twitter handle @shoumizo3446) pokes at the hokkigai with a pair of chopsticks, the sushi wiggles around on its bed of rice, eventually waving hello to the shocked patrons of Sushiro with one of its clammy digits. Rather than the sushi chef not doing a good enough job to ensure the clam was dead, some people claim this sushi’s movement was probably the result of some leftover nerve functions. Either way, nobody who goes to Sushiro can complain that their sushi wasn’t fresh enough.
Conveyor belt sushi restaurants are often looked down on by certain sections of Japanese culture, and Sushiro in particular is known for its inexpensive seafood, causing some people to complain about the quality of the seafood on offer.
Unsurprisingly, this video has quickly gone viral, racking up four million views in a matter of days, and people all around the world will be pretty wary of their sushi the next time they head to a sushi restaurant – and not just because the food there can come with its own, less adorable pitfalls.
So there’s just one question left – if you saw a piece of sushi literally moving on your plate, would you eat it? I don’t know about you or me, but @shoumizo3446 had no qualms whatsoever. He wolfed it down, saying the hokkigai sushi was “extremely delicious”. No word on whether he went for seconds, though.