Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Sushi. Who would have imagined? Recently, I was told the story of Jiro Ono - an 85 year old sushi shokunin, who is famous around the world. Jiro began his career 75 years ago when he was kicked outside his parents’ house at the age of 9 with nothing but the clothes on his back. His determination to become successful chef led him to embrace the art of sushi, and today he is renowned as a world class shokunin. He owns a small restaurant under an office building in a Tokyo subway with nothing but 10 stools and a kitchen. It is even said that you need to go outside the restaurant to use the bathroom! Despite the quaint seating area of the restaurant, the food is world class, clocking in at 3 (yes t-h-r-e-e) Michelin stars. In order to eat at his restaurant, you need to book a month in advance. In addition to this lengthy wait, customers should expect to pay a minimum of $300 per person!

Okay, now enough about the sushi - what Jiro cooks is arbitrary. But rather, the most important part is the philosophy that Jiro applies to his line of work. For him, anything short of the very best is inadequate. He loves his work and has dedicated his life to mastering his particular skill set. Jiro states that although he has been working for 75 years, he still discovers new techniques and improvements for preparing sushi. This exemplifies the true value of effort, diligence, and striving for excellence.

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Allah (SWT) loves if any of you has done a deed to perfect it".