What is sashimi

The word sashimi means “pierced body”, i.e. “刺身 = sashimi, where 刺し = sashi (pierced, stuck) and 身 = mi (body, meat). The culture of eating raw fish started in China as early as 500 BCE and the delicacy arrived in Japan during the Heian Period. [1] This word dates from the Muromachi period, and was possibly coined when the word “切る = kiru (cut), the culinary step, was considered too inauspicious to be […]